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21st Century Privacy
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How much is privacy worth to you and your loved ones? Suppose you could take a few simple steps to eliminate ALL threats to your privacy forever. Imagine the sense of relief you would feel knowing your identity and private information is safe from the multitude of criminals, con-artists, and government snoops who work tirelessly to sniff it out. Imagine not having to sort through your mail for scams and advertisements. Imagine an email account without a single byte of spam. Imagine having a pleasant evening dinner without some obnoxious telemarketer interrupting you and your family. Imagine creditors and bill collectors simply giving up and never calling you again.

Sound too good to be true? Well it isn't if you know how to make it happen.

Which of these powerful secrets could you use in your life:
* Stop all bill collectors from phoning and
mailing you forever.
* Keep your credit cards and identity secure
WITHOUT subscribing to some expensive service.
* Just the right way to handle any confrontation
with law enforcement so they leave you alone.
* Surf the internet anonymously and protect your
data from expert hackers.
*The 7 rules of deception, and much more...

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PREFACE

You Are Being Watched

Chances are that unless you are reading this at home, you are being watched. CCTV (closed-circuit television) monitors have become ubiquitous in many cities (London is estimated to have around 500,00O). If you are reading this in a coffee shop, at the grocery store, or on a city bus you are almost certainly being recorded. Your cell phone, if it is on, is revealing your location to within 25-100 meters (If your phone has GPS installed, your exact location is revealed). If you are reading this on your laptop rest assured that your wireless card is probably active, giving any of tens of thousands of computer crackers a potential doorway to your private files. If your laptop came with a built in webcam, someone could be watching you right now!

Paranoid? Good. Paranoia is a sane response to the new world of surveillance we are living in. But my goal here is not to keep you in a perpetual state of paranoia, which would be pointless and debilitating, but to enable you to arm yourself against any potential invasions of your privacy so you can go from paranoid to cautious. Paranoid people play right into the hands of their enemies: by censoring their every word and isolating themselves from their friends and allies they create their own mental prison cell. The cautious person alone is free, even in a totalitarian regime.

The Road to Tyranny is a Paper Trail

It has been said that in the late Soviet Union nearly everyone was spying on nearly everyone else. While that is doubtlessly an exaggeration, a large number of spies was necessary because, in a society without trust, an infinite regress of surveillance becomes necessary in order to maintain law and order. Since no individual spy can be trusted, he must be watched by an additional spy, who must also be watched... No wonder Stalin was paranoid. Unfortunately, aspiring tyrants no longer have this problem. Technology, properly abused, provides the perfect surveillance system. Modern surveillance systems record every movement, financial transaction, and click of a mouse accurately and without any capacity for deception. The data obtained can then be collated and stored on databases indefinitely for the erudition of anyone who is able to gain access to them. Old Joe Stalin's eyes would water...

The current administration of Obama and the former Bush administration have expanded the power, scope, and budget of the federal and state governments to unprecedented heights. Consequently, privacy is something that concerns everyone regardless of their political affiliation or lack thereof. Furthermore, the line between the state and private sector has become increasingly blurred.

Levels of Privacy

Like many things, privacy is not a binary condition. There are different levels of privacy and, if you intend to live in modern society, absolute privacy is impossible. If absolute privacy is what you are looking for than move to Amish country or form a band of survivalists and flee into the woods*. This book is not for agorophobes, luddites, or outlaws. This book is for the average American citizen who obeys (most of) the laws, goes to work, lives in an apartment or suburban home, and doesn't want to give any of that up in exchange for a reasonable amount of privacy. No one should be driven into the woods on account of privacy and if you follow the instruction in this book you won't have to sacrifice anything, except some time and a few conveniences.

The program in this book is for those who would like to enjoy the level of privacy that their grandparents did. Such a thing is still attainable in this day and age and I will show you how.

An Overview of This Book

I've divided this work into five parts; each with a particular focus. Not all of them are necessary to read and, if you are eager to get down to business, you can skip parts I and II. But I don't suggest this. ALL information presented is beneficial. I don't like writing any more than you like reading and so I have striven to keep everything as focused and brief as possible without sacrificing content. I wouldn't have bothered writing anything that I didn't think valuable.

1st Chapter: Invaders of Privacy, introduces the 7 biggest threats to your privacy and lays bare both their motives and methods.

2nd Chapter: Invasions of Privacy and How to Neutralize Them, deals with the the 3 forms of privacy invasion that threaten and, most likely, already plague your life and prescribes practical, easy to understand steps you can