How to Disappear
From the world's preeminent people finder—an insider's guide to disappearing
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.
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This book encourages the above sort of paranoia. It's an interesting and informative read but I think it's hampered somewhat by the authorial voice, which often veers into what sounds like textbook noir-detective-speak. I get that a skip tracer needs to be hard-bitten and tough. Swell. Now, tell me what you came to say, ...more
The author might have been a prodigy in the mid 90s but would suck at hiding your identity today - hence I guess he writes books now. Ahern sounds out of touch with the virtual world. He talks about Altavista - a very popular sea ...more
Well, the book was pretty good, an easy read and the author provides some interesting, and somewhat entertaining examples of good and bad. I think, if anyone is reading the book with the thought of really "d ...more
"The Fat Man's wife was beautiful, and this girl had totally been hit by the ugly stick. Several times" -p. 38
"Very is still safe today, and you know what? We enjoyed giving her jailbird the finger. Fuck him!" -p. 74
"Even a decade after the dot-com bust, there's still gold in them there Internets." -p. 172
After choosing to see the writing style as entertaining and not a distraction, the book was mildly interesting. It's pretty amazing how much informatio ...more
There is a major let-down for me however in the way several of the stories feel made- ...more
I'm actually a 92 year old man from Santa Domingo. Or am I???
Fascinating book, actually. Gave me details to the tracing and escaping occurrences in other books.
So I read this only in small doses, take my research notes, and then remind myself that I am not running from anyone, and I can't disappear complete ...more
I'm not a big fan of his writing style, and it is very cut and dry, interesting, but not terribly entertaining. And of course, doing a public review of this book-- or any book-- is the sort of thing he thinks no one should ev ...more
While this book didn't offer me very much in way of disappearing, it convinced me of the opposite - disappearing is hard. You have to make radical and, more often than not, inconvenient, lifestyle changes. Living off the grid is a notion more feasible in fiction than in non-fiction. ...more
If you're not planning to run away from your life, there's still great information in this book about how to protect yourself from identity thieves. I would have liked to see more of t ...more
Of course, commenting in a digital forum about a book about the dangers of that is ironic, but who knows, I may be sowing misinformation (chapter 5) or disinformation ( chapter 7).
Still, a book that teaches you to take stock of your own privacy - as well as gives you the tools to reclaim it - has a certain value. While some sections feel as if they're lacking, I would recommend this book regardless on the basis you probably should know this information for your own sake.