How to Disappear: Erase Your Digital Footprint, Leave False Trails, and Vanish Without A Trace

How to Disappear: Erase Your Digital Footprint, Leave False Trails, and Vanish Without A Trace

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By (author) Frank M. Ahearn, By (author) Eileen C. Horan

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  • Publisher: The Lyons Press
  • Format: Hardback | 208 pages
  • Dimensions: 145mm x 193mm x 23mm | 340g
  • Publication date: 28 January 2011
  • Publication City/Country: Guilford
  • ISBN 10: 1599219778
  • ISBN 13: 9781599219776
  • Sales rank: 21,983

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How to Disappear is the authoritative and comprehensive guide for people who seek to protect their privacy as well as for anyone who's ever entertained the fantasy of disappearing-whether actually dropping out of sight or by eliminating the traceable evidence of their existence. Written by the world's leading experts on finding people and helping people avoid being found, How to Disappear covers everything from tools for disappearing to discovering and eliminating the nearly invisible tracks and clues we tend to leave wherever we go. Learn the three keys to disappearing, all about your electronic footprints, the dangers and opportunities of social networking sites, and how to disappear from a stalker. Frank Ahearn and Eileen Horan provide field-tested methods for maintaining privacy, as well as tactics and strategies for protecting personal information and preventing identity theft. They explain and illustrate key tactics such as misinformation (destroying all the data known about you); disinformation (creating fake trails); and, finally, reformation-the act of getting you from point A to point B without leaving clues. Ahearn illustrates every step with real-life stories of his fascinating career, from undercover work to nab thieving department store employees to a stint as a private investigator; and, later, as a career "skip tracer" who finds people who don't want to be found. In 1997, when news broke of President Bill Clinton's dalliance with a White House intern, Ahearn was hired to find her. When Oscar statuettes were stolen in Beverly Hills, Ahearn pinpointed a principal in the caper to help solve the case. When Russell Crowe threw a telephone at a hotel clerk in 2005, Ahearn located the victim and hid him from the media. An indispensable resource not just for those determined to become utterly anonymous, but also for just about anyone in the brave new world of on-line information, How to Disappear sums up Ahearn's dual philosophy: Don't break the law, but know how to protect yourself.

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Frank Ahearn is a privacy consultant who helps people who want to start a new life. He began his carreer working undercover in retail, looking for employees stealing from department stores. That lead to a career in private investigating and becoming a "skip tracer," a person who finds people who don't want to be found -- people who try very hard not to be found. Today he consults with people who, for a variety of reasons, all legal, want to remain invisibile and unfindable.In 1997, when news broke of President Bill Clinton's dalliance with a White House intern, Ahearn was hired to find her. The intern turned out to be Monica Lewinsky. When Oscar statuettes were stolen in Beverly Hills, Ahearn pinpointed a principal in the caper. When Russell Crowe threw a telephone at a hotel clerk in 2005, Ahearn located the victim and hid him from the media.Now along with his partner and co-author, Eileen C. Horan, Ahearn runs his consulting business out of a virtual office. His businesses include www.AhearnSearch.com, a global skip-tracing company andwww.Disappear.info, a company that works with people and organizations in their privacy needs.His philosophy is: Do not break the law and disappearing properly leads to true freedom.Born and bred in the Bronx, he now spends his time in Venice Beach, CA with long periods in New York City.

Review quote

"It may shock the hell out of you. It did me... I couldn't put this book down, finding out all of the ways anyone could get their hands on information about any of us. You're more vulnerable than you may think." - Tammy Chase, Chicago Sun-Times

Back cover copy

The authoritative guide to disappearing insider tips, tools, and techniques Want to disappear or simply hide your personal information from would-be thieves and stalkers? How to Disappear is the ultimate guide toprotecting your family, yourself, and your identity. The world's top privacy consultant covers everything from tools for disappearing to discovering and eliminating the nearly invisible tracks and clues we leave wherever we go. Sharing decades of trade secrets, Frank M. Ahearn describes the three keys to disappearing, tells you everything you need to know about your digital footprint, discusses the dangers and opportunities of social networking sites, and shows you how to disappear from anyone who might do you harm."

Flap copy

Frank M. Ahearn built his first career by finding people who didn't want to be found from philandering celebrities to a certain White House intern (Monica Lewinsky) before anybody had heard of her, as well as countless cheaters, frauds, and bad guys. Using the "skip tracer" techniques he developed in the process, Ahearn embarked on a second career counseling those who wanted not to be found. If you've ever fantasized about disappearing literally dropping out of sight or just eliminating the traceable evidence of your existence How to Disappear is your guide.In a world-wise, straight-talking, wryly humorous narrative, Ahearn provides field-tested tips, tools, and techniques for maintaining privacy, as well as strategies for protecting personal information and preventing identity theft. You'll learn key tactics such as misinformation (destroying all the data known about you), disinformation (creating fake trails), and reformation (getting where you want to be without leaving clues). Throughout, Ahearn shares real-life stories of his fascinating career fromnabbing adulterous celebrities to helping abuse victims find safety.An indispensable resource not just for those determined to be anonymous, but for almost anyone in the brave new world of online information, How to Disappear sums up Ahearn's dual philosophy: Don't break the law, but know how to protect yourself."

Table of contents

1. How to Disappear2. Database Sites3. Disappearing Tools4. Tracks and Clues in the Home5. The Three Keys to Disappearing6. Misinformation7. The Disinformatin of Louie8. The Disinformation of Donna9. Reformation10. Offshore Information11. Reformation Via Corporations12. Reformation in the Name of God13. Electronic Footprints14. Exit Strategy15. Disappearing Tips16. Social Networking Sites17. Disappear from a Stalker