Researchers can identify 80% of 'anonymous' users by their posts.
Analysis of linguistics style is all it takes.
When creating new profiles, 1) make each profile from a different area 2)give the entity a detailed background.
Review that legend (fake background), and previous posts prior to making a new post. If your fake profile - is foreign, or pegged to a specific geographic area, remember to ALWAYS use the linguistic style associated with that place. (Dude)
It doesn't matter which TOR node you exit when posting. Just make the linguistic style consistent.
URL #1: http://www.scmagazine.com.au/News/328135,linguistics-identifies-anonymous-users.aspx
Drake, Los Angeles, CA Age: 37
Some banks do not let you use your "ghost address" others do (mine lets me use a far away CRMA box).
Also, I have a credit card that I use that is in a friends name. I pay the monthly statement and it helps them rebuild their credit. Of course, this friend I have known for years.
And I never use it in a way that would associate me with my vehicle (Ex: Dont use it for vehicle repairs or parts).
Dan, Moab, UT Age: 47
I titled my vehicle in the name of a trust. And they took my DL info. If a P.I. searches for me/my DL will the trust come up and visa versa?
Dan, moab, UT Age: 47
Ask the one who prepared your Trust: "Are the assets held in my Trust public record?"
DL Search = Using your name and State, the DL will be revealed.
Vehicle Search = Using your plate, the registered owner will be revealed.
Registered Vehicle Search = Using the correct registered vehicle address, your vehicle info and Trust name will be revealed.
Connecting your name to the name of your Trust, and the vehicle held by it, is a lot easier if you get a ticket or citation of any sort - which is public record. A separate search will then reveal the registered address of the vehicle.
Planning on buying a house in WPB under LLC. How long would take to get the LLC set up in New Mexico? How CA tax lien would affect my LLC and the new property? Can I get around that?
Eva, WBP, FL Age: 57
Hello. My brother gave me How to Be Invisible as a Christmas gift (I strongly suspect he read it first!), and it's a real eye-opener. I read the whole thing in about a day, and the next day I went out and got a private mailbox from a mom-and-pop CMRA.
I called Bank of America to have my address changed. When I gave them my new address they said they could use that as a mailing address for my bank account and credit card but they would keep my home address as the primary address.
I didn't want to just make up a new home address as I was afraid that could be construed as fraud. Is there anything I could have done different to have my home address removed? Or is this why you say the only sure way to reclaim your privacy is to move?
Jason, St. Paul, MN Age: 40
Some of my readers get a ghost street address in Alaska and give that to the bank. It works for them!
Hello, I received a jury summons with my birth last name on the letter i never registered to vote using that name just my current last name is that legal?
fulani, chicago, illinois Age: 43
Would you title your living trust in your full name?
Scott, Los Angeles, CA Age: 35
A rather unsettling article about where law enforcement is headed.
URL #1: www.policemag.com/channel/technology/articles/2012/12/21st-century-surveillance.aspx
Dave, Maple Shade, N.J. Age: 51
Hello , i received a jury summons notice the other day in the mail with my birth name on it when i registered to vote i used my current name . I wanted to ask why did i get a summons with the wrong last name which is my birth name and is that legal ? Thank you
fulani, chicago, illinois Age: 43
Hi, Call me paranoid but I have 5 separate google voice contact phone numbers for the following groups of my contacts: 1.doctors&dentists, 2.banks&investments, 3.city hall/IRS/POLICE, 4.friends, 5.family. Is this OK or should I use some other service other than GOOGLEVOICE, like 5 different prepaid cell phone services? I'm using google voice because I can select any area code and local number I wish and it is FREE!
Zack, Troy, MI Age: 37
Is this old news?
Photocopiers have hard drives that store every document ever copied or faxed. I own my own laser unit that copies, scans, faxes, etc but those public ones are worth avoiding!
URL #1: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TCKr5WgVVN8
Justin, Seattle, WA Age: 39
If you have a New Mexico LLC with a corresponding bank account offshore, and you have your bank statements e-mailed, are you then not exposing your connection to the LLC, particularly with the new Utah Facility capabilies?
Zeb, Austin, Tx. Age: 62
Hi Mr. Luna. I recently graduated from college and Iâ��ve been looking for a job. But it seems like all the companies in my field (public relations) like to plaster their employeesâ�� names and photos on their websites. I know for a lot of people thatâ��s no big deal, but I donâ��t want that information to be public. Not only that, but they like to put announcements of their new hires in the local paper, often with photos. Would it be unreasonable of me to request (or demand) during job interviews that my potential employers never publish my name or photo?
Iâ��ve also considered working as a freelance writer, but it seems that I might have the same problem, with magazines or websites wanting to use my name and photo. Is it possible to use a pen name without being outed? What about self-promotion on the web -- how much should I say about myself?
In either case, wouldnâ��t I have to put my real name on my resume so companies could verify my background? Do you have any advice for me?
Angela, Nashville, TN Age: 24
If you work for yourself, you are free to use any name you choose, as long as no fraud is involved.
I'll bet more personal information is passed than the WSJ reports.
Jan, Wellington, Florida Age: 35
Is there any point for someone with a uniquely spelled longer legal name (ex. 'Johnathan' instead of 'Jonathan') to use a shortened version such as John or even Jon when registering services which require a valid name and ID. Usually this does not cause a problem when dealing in person if the service-person is personable, but can obfuscate one's name from being searched for as easily in databases. There are also probably more people with shortened "less-unique" people, in general, and should return many more results to sort through. [This could also feasibly be done for any name by misspelling a regular name by one or two letters in reasonable places, such as doubling a single 'p' or 't' and adding an 'e' at the end] Obviously, this also causes some confusion and extra effort in some other cases. Is it worth the extra effort?
A. Register critical services (bank, residence, school, etc.) with full name, and less critical (utilities, rentals etc. if at all) with shorter name
B. Register everything with shortened name
C. None of the above (register everything in full legal name or nominee, not worth the effort)
(Changing names after registering for services is not always that difficult after completing the security questions. Tell them they misspelled it when you first registered and forgot to mention something about it. They will usually change it if the computer system will allow them to.)
John, Houston, TX Age: 32
There was recently some proposals by a local politician and a dicsussion on the wide use of license plate scanners. Utah has had a backlash against using them. Currently local law enforcement does NOT use them and has to borrow them from the State Tax Comission for use in their area.
With the proliferation of smart phones society is being brain washed to give up their privacy ever so slowly. As we might fear, privacy in the future might be a thing of the past.
URL #1: http://www.ksl.com/index.php?sid=23591891&nid=148&title=bill-to-place-time-limits-on-storage-of-license-plate-numbers
Dan, Moab, UT Age: 47
A while ago, I posted suggestions for cleaning up an iphone for people who thought their phones had been compromised. Since when I first got my iphone I didn't know as much about privacy and security as I do now, I decided to celebrate the first by cleaning up my iphone and registering it to a new account. During this process I discovered that reseting to factory settings DO NOT ERASE ALL THE DATA. I am including the url to a web article about this. If the iphone is not changing hands then the procedure in the article will surfice, if you are selling an old iphone and there is secure data on the iphone. Don't sell the phone. Destory it instead. After erasing the data, submerge it in water and then take a hammer to it. Since the iphone is a very expensive device, I recommend that you used it primarily as a phone--that data apparently can be erased. Do not use it for sensitive data, if you plan to sell it later.
URL #1: http://www.macnews.com/content/macosg-securely-erasing-iphoneipod-touch-photos
Paula, Columbus, OH Age: 54
License plate readers are potentially a huge threat to privacy. Not only are they on police and highway patrol cars, some cities are beginning to install stationary LPRs. Imagine if a city put one on every major road going into and out of the city and along all the major thoroughfares -- the cops could potentially know where you are at almost all times.
If your license plates are from another state, the LPRs will be able to keep track of how many days your plate is in that state, which means you will get pulled over for a registration violation after 30 days or whatever the time limit is.
Even if the police want to keep the license plate scans confidential, they might not be able to. Depending on the state's laws, anybody could be able to file a Freedom of Information Act request and get access to any or all of the stored LPR data.
LPR technology and other police practices have the potential to foil your use of a ghost address and LLC for your automobile registration. If police can't track you down at your ghost address, they can still have a pretty good idea where to find you, especially if you frequently park in your driveway or in front of your workplace.
If your car is registered in an LLC, then you should do everything you can to never get pulled over. Police in most major cities log every traffic stop even if you don't get a ticket. I was once pulled over for not having a seat belt on (even though the cop acknowledged that I did have it on after he stopped me). Instead of letting me go on my way, he took my driver's license and entered it into his car's computer, then let me go. Police save all this information. Now my name is forever associated with my car and license plate number.
Also, many states are now requiring you to list the license number of the primary driver whenever you register any vehicle.
Honestly, it's getting to the point where we will soon have to decide between privacy and owning a car. And walking or public transportation may not be an option, either. Facial recognition software is improving at a tremendous pace, and soon those cameras will be everywhere.
Russell, Bedford, MA Age: 56
I want to get a NM LLC to hold investments (stock, bonds, etc). I live in the US. I will be opening an offshore account in the name of the LLC. On of the bank's questions is where is the domicile of the LLC. Would that be considered New Mexico?
For the mailing address, would it be best to use an Alaska or Canary Islands address?
Zeb, Austin, Tx Age: 62
Second, NEVER use New Mexico as the domicile. Not for anything. In your case, use Alaska.
Our police recently bought license plate scanners for their patrol vehicles. These scan up to 1,000 plates in a minute - parked and moving cars. It then puts that information into a database which keeps the GPS location of your vehicle, the date and time, the direction it was traveling, as well as all of your info it draws from the registration. They say it allows them to find people who have outstanding parking tickets, fines, warrants, even library dues owed, gives them probable cause to stop people and they can find passengers within that may have any of the above as well. At the city council meeting, it was brought up to add policies regarding the length of time they may retain this data gathering and that they also do not share it with other agencies or third parties, as some cities have "sold" the information for revenue. It creates a profile for you from your "habits" of driving that it collects. They say they will only keep the information for 14 days before purging it, but only if you're not involved in an ongoing criminal investigation. However, that wording is scary because if your car was parked in the vicinity a "crime" happened - you are considered part of the investigation. I'm curious if having a registration titled in an LLC from out of state or even country would raise any red flags for these systems and cause them to pull you over because they cannot get personal information from the registration?
Louise, York, PA Age: 42
Reading the new edition of HTBI and have a q about use of Ghost v PO box (I currently have a CRMA and in the process of getting a ghost). Beginning of Chapter 5 you say "It is assumed you will use your PO box for...", do you mean PO box / CRMA for these purposes or Ghost address? Why wouldn't I use my Ghost address for all correspondence? THanks!
Scott, NY, NY Age: 47
also, my church let me represent them at as advisor at the religion center at a state university where I had enrolled to go back to school during the Clinton presidency.
The staff and police got into my medical records.
I was chased all the way up to glacier park with someone with rev tags on his rv saying "we don't want you around our children"
someone at church offered to help and their family scammed me out of my savings (they had police relatives)
my family was after my money and I do not care to be drugged up for the rest my life while they collect.
I bought all your ebooks.
Mafia wants to hide too and organized crime and I am not either of those but was married to someone into pain killers obtained on the other side of the law due to va poor treatment and mal practice.....
any suggestions other than be mobile and try to hide that way and with cash...as soon as I can accumulate more?
I need to write a book. (my income is from the va and I was healed through my religion which uses spiritual means alone and was able to go back to work as a religious nurse for 5 years before the police and va and relatives got into my business. so retired again and avoiding getting drugged....and am in a perilous type of situation now.
Linda, bellaire, texas Age: 60
A less than ethical newspaper published the name and addresses of gun owners in a NY county. Just today, I applied for my Permit to Purchase a Firearm. You think I told them my residential address? No way, Jose!
URL #1: http://www.addictinginfo.org/2012/12/27/outraged-gun-owner-retaliates-after-publisher-posts-map-with-permit-owners-addresses/
Daniel, Minneapolis, MN Age: 40
I wanted to respond to several of your blogs:
- The Nov 19th blog about keeping a false bottom can in your bugout pack for cash. IMHO cash will be useless in almost any situation WTSHTF. It's already not worth the paper it's printed on. What people will really want are barter items like knives, individual portion sized meals you can trade with, bullets, etc. Gold, money, etc is useless in a survival situation.
- Dec 25 and the gun owner posting issue in NY state. There are 2 ways the papers can get your info:
1. If you live in a kommunist state that requires you to register your firearms, of which NY is one.
2. If you have a concealed weapons permit and they get the info from the FOIA.
Va Beach, VA
Other than those 2 scenerios there is, at present, no other tracking database for gun owners.
I want to find several plots of rural or semi-rural land for a good price to prepare as homestead/retirement/weekend getaway as well as buggout sites if needed. I have searched the web and looked at realtor sites for the last several years but everything I find is so expensive. I look at some of the auction websites but most of that land is located out west (TX, AZ,NV) in the middle of nowhere.
Va Beach, VA
Does anyone have any recommendations or sources on how to find reasonably priced land in the middle/western part of Virginia or NC? Something big enough to cultivate a garden and generally be "off-the grid" while still be close enough to a town to satisfy the family's need for human contact :-)
I also will be leaving the USSA. I am unhappy and horrified at what our government is doing and where we are headed. I see someone else requested contacts and references in Ecuador. I will be moving to Uruguay with the hope that I will be happy enough to stay. However, while there there will check out Chile as a possible place to live. You are probably aware that TDV is building a Gult's Galch community, so I will be investigating this.
One of those will be a permanent move. Would you have any references or contacts in those two countries? Thanks so much for all the great work you do.
Zeb, Austin, Texas Age: 62
I have several cars that intend to keep till the wheels literally fall off. How do I, or can I, transfer ownership to an LLC.
mitch, san antonio, tx Age: 56
highly educated but unemployed and no hope of good job. don't want to live in USA anymore for reasons of politics, economics, etc. after I liquidate all of my assets, what's the best and SAFEST way to transfer cash to foreign banks BEFORE I move. I have no family so going somewhere where I don't know a soul is not problematic. I want to avoid travelling internationally with cash for obvious reasons. I'm not running from anything or anyone--just disillusioned and want to be happy before I die.
mike, Philadelphia, PA Age: 46
You wrote in your book HTBI about possibly writing detailed information about moving to Mexico, Ecuador, or Spain's Canary Islands. Do you have references or contacts I could look into to consider this. I been considering Ecuador mainly.
James, Pittsburgh, PA Age: 40
DMV is selling information to Internet directories and others. What can I do?
Rosalyn, Pueblo, Colorado Age: over 21
We moved interstate and cut all ties because it was what was needed (but didn't hide addresses or anything - didn't know how) and we have now been here for 7 years. Do you give out any advice to any of your clients on the loneliness that you feel and how to deal with it. Also when you were in the underground did you ever reveal things about yourself that were then used against you. We have not yet found people to trust with our lives. How do you deal with the fact that you can never relax and be yourself unless at home.
Rebecca, Dar, NT Age: 30
Since I'm now filing local taxes in Michigan, I think I need to get a Michigan drivers license, with a MI ghost address of course. The MI DMV said they'll only list my full name as it appears on the birth certificate. I've got 2 middle names. My current IL drivers license and state ID only list my middle initial. Don't you think it's more discreet to show the state ID with only a middle initial rather than a passport with a full name? It's practically impossible now to see a new doctor without showing them some kind of ID.
Seth, Ann Arbor, MI Age: 28
Someone once posted a good user friendly website on internet and computer security. If anyone knows of a good one, please re-post it.
Dan, Moab, UT Age: 47
I entered www.howtobeinvisible.com in my browser which brought me to Canary Islands Press and a tab for New Mexico LLC I clicked on that but nothing showed, certainly not a drop down menus for order forms. How can I obtain the forms?
John, Crestview, FL Age: 70
E-mail: Jack @ jjluna.com
You mentioned in HTBI that a PI friend of yours helped you encrypt your laptop and that you asked him to write an e-book on how to do that.
Do you know the progress of that e-book because I would love to be able to use it.
Rebecca, Melbourne, Vic Age: 30
A friend just sent me the attached link. He got it from a 'mover-and-shaker' in Silicon Valley - who owns an iPhone.
There is a market for privacy lovers, that is finally sinking in for these guys. Serious considerations are being made for people who use modern equipment. Extreme diligence is required.
This app is for the iPhone - Android users are out of luck so far.
URL #1: http://www.businessinsider.com/wickr-iphone-privacy-walkthrough-2012-12
Drake, Los Angeles, CA Age: 38
Hi, I was confused by your answer to #9377 saying with traffic stop handling, titling a vehicle in a trust vs. a LLC is the same. What then is the advantage of a LLC over a trust? I've read your books. I setup a Living Trust for free with a generic name. What do I loose by using that instead of buying an LLC for car registration?
Park City, UT
You also mention a "Privacy Trust"Ã�Â as an alternative to LLCs in challenging states. What are the costs, pros and cons to an LLC? Thank you.
The Privacy Trust is only for CA residents, to eliminate the CA franchise tax.
Mr. Luna, you've recommended having two ghost addresses including one in a different state for things like bank statements. What is the purpose of the second ghost address? My bank already knows what city I live in. Is it to make it look like I've moved?
Stan, Kansas City, MO Age: 42
There is a WSJ online blog and poll dated about that time--is this the topic?
URL #1: http://blogs.wsj.com/wsjam/2012/12/13/poll-thoughtcrime-they-called-it/
Teresa, Lewiston, Idaho Age: 49
My 90 year elderly relative who still drives, recently had some cash and needed to get some change at a Wells Fargo bank. He went in and they told him that they can't do it unless he had an account there. He said "..but i'm just trading cash for cash". No luck, he tried other branches, must be a company policy.
Also, he recently went to Walgreens to get a perscription and had to experience their invasive membership card push and privacy destroying questions, he didn't get one and paid full price on his goods.
URL #1: http://blog.linder.com/californias-attorney-general-raises-walgreens-privacy-concerns/
Dan, Moab, UT Age: 47
I didn't see anyone mentioning this but it's from the 12/12/12 Wall Street Journal. Short summary..a newer secret gov't agency has been given access to all gov't databases of American citizens even though not involved in crime. Records can now be held for an indefinite length of time. Just really disturbing...
URL #1: http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424127887324478304578171623040640006.html
Alex, Ferndale, Michigan Age: 45
Your book 'Skip College' isn't for sale at your store and I can only find the older version on Amazon. Can you give me some advice on where I can get it.
Rebecca, Melbourne, Victoria Age: 30
Am I able to use an NM LLC to set up utility services at my home that is rented?
Or if I use a fictitious name and pay a deposit to not provide my SS# or DOB, if possible, should I then have the bills mailed to my home address since it wouldn't be under my name? If I used a ghost address that would then link the home address to the ghost mailing address; even though the name would be different it doesn't seem that would be a good thing.?
Tiffany, las vegas, nv Age: 35
All bills go to a PO Box in another town. But use your own judgement, Tiffany. There are various ways to do these things.
What does AT&T need with my SSN before they give me internet? I have their phone service and had to show them a TX Driver License, for which I had to show the TX Driver License people my SSN.
(I am on public WiFi now.)
I thought there was a law that said they could ask for my SSN, but could not deny me service for not giving it to them.
Frank, Amarillo, TX Age: 70
unless there is 0% chance you will ever have to return it.
It has been a while since I shopped there and I recently purchased a relatively expensive piece of electronics. When I was walking out of the store I looked at the receipt and my jaw dropped when it said the terms and conditions for returns.
A valid ID is required and they "may" retain your personal information on there "secure" database.
The whole reason I went to BB was because I thought I might have to return it and it would be easier than doing an online transaction.
Well sure enough when I went to return it the girl wants me to hand over my DL and not just show it to prove I'm the purchaser. She then proceeds to scan the bar code on the back. Not sure how this would have went down with a passport. Luckily my DL has my old address and hasn't been updated since I moved so no major breech of OPSEC.
But note to all stay away from Best Buy. There is absolutely know reason for Best Buy to have all the info on my DL for me to return an item that has been lawfully purchased...with a CC no less.
Russell, Baltimore, MD Age: 37
Is that any way to run a railroad? Not in my book!
Hi, I'm an avid reader of anything that JJ Luna writes, and still am (still) in the process of implementing more privacy into our lives.
One reason we moved from the midwest to Phx is the close proximity to Mexico. Yes, it sounds counter-intuitive, but we are getting good dental care in Los Algodones, Mexico, a 2-block walk over the border near Yuma. For my dental work, we are paying (in CASH) a fraction of the coinsurance I would have had to pay back east. BONUS: no one has ever asked for my SSN, insurance card, address, birthdate, etc.
We have also been able to buy certain prescriptions that you would normally need a script for in the US. Another part of my strategy is to take better care of my health in the first place, by eating better, taking supplements to manage certain issues, and by losing weight. I hope to avoid the need for certain meds in the first place.
We based our choice of dentist on recommendations from friends we've made in AZ, but also want to find a doctor in Mexico or in another Mexican, Caribbean, Central American location. I'm not opposed to working in a doctor's visit along with a nice vacation :-) If anyone has recommendations/ ideas, please reply. Thanks.
Cristina, Phoenix, AZ Age: 48
This is a most disturbing new trend. They've for a while had plain-view video monitoring cameras and notices put up in the local buses. These I am not so worried about, as people know they're there. But, secret audio recordings? This is new.
URL #1: http://www.wired.com/threatlevel/2012/12/public-bus-audio-surveillance/?utm_source=Contextly&utm_medium=RelatedLinks&utm_campaign=Interesting
Nikita, Reno, NV Age: 25
how much will these low cost consultatipons cost & how long will last ? Do I get ask you questions ?
bobby, newport beach, ca Age: 70
Another reason to buy an older car.
URL #1: http://www.gopusa.com/news/2012/12/07/black-boxes-in-cars-raise-privacy-concerns/
marc, seattle, wa Age: 55
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