It has been over ten years since I wrote How to Disappear: Erase Your Digital Footprint, Leave False Trails, And Vanish Without A Trace. In all truth, the art of disappearing hasn't changed much. People are the same, and technology is still technology. When people think about disappearing, they are myopic and focus on the technical items of life. The human side of earning money or what to do if you run into an old friend does not rank—a huge mistake.
How to disappear in the digital age is about sharpening your skills as a human and executing a way of life dictated by a privacy philosophy. Getting to your destination without someone tracing you is a short part of the run. What happens on a boring Tuesday or meeting a new friend and how you deal with them will decide your fate. Hunters hunt, but the person across from you in a cafe is curious.
How to disappear is a reinvention of self, not an on-the-run continuous motion. It is about finding a place and securing a lifestyle, without a fake identity. The smart disappear person learns how to disappear in society as themselves. If you need to disappear, schedule a consultation.
Most people who think of disappearing spin their wheel online and in books, reading a lot of garbage. Much of the information comes from people who have never disappeared or assisted another person in such an act. Therefore, you are reading bad opinions, which there is no room for that if you want to disappear.
Most people who desire to disappear should not. The reason to go does not warrant it; they do not have the means or a clue as to what they are doing.
Unless you have a bank account full of cash, you need to earn money. You cannot vanish and wing it. You have to have a solid plan.
A new or fake identity does not guarantee a disappearance. Your success comes from your ability to identify and assess dangerous situations. Not solely digital but human interaction.
Most who disappear are located by another human, not their digital footprints.
The first step in creating privacy or disappearing online is taking control of your information. Locate your data on search engines, click the link and see if there is an option to opt out. Below you will see a few databases which explain how you can. If a website has your data but no opt out page, contact them directly and request removal. Some will, and some won't. The most important is to tackle the key sites enclosed.
Unless you are a member of a rock band, author, or business owner, there is no reason to use social media. It is plain old stupid, and you allow a company to make money from your efforts. I m not going to get into how you create a digital profile from sites like Instagram and Facebook. Find some freedom in dumping that crap.
To opt out of databases, follow the enclosed directions.
Find your listing, and click 'That's The One'.Click for whom you are removing the listing.Enter your email (we recommend using a masked email) and perform the CAPTCHA.Remove Yourself from Intelius
Find your listing and click “select and continue”.
Paste in the URL of your listing. ... Verify the record you want removed and click the “Remove me” button. ... Next, you'll have to enter your phone number to receive via an automated confirmation call. ... Wait for the verification robocall, then follow the prompts.