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VPN for internet security
Hello. Due to the recent bill that overturns internet privacy protections; do you recommend VPNs (virtual private network).
Thank you in advance.

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I recommend a VPN, but it is not easy. Try Mullvad, or Private Internet Access and see how you like it.

Offshore Return Address for US Mail Order Business
Hello Jack,

Can you share your experience with Mail Order Business as it relates to your Privacy Principles

The general question is : What would you recommend regarding Return Addresses for US Based Businesses to avoid getting served subpoenas?

Specifically -

I have a growing mail order business. We are doing a few hundred pieces a month. We get maybe 10 returns per month

The business is operated out of U.S. However, I want to put an offshore Return Address on Mail Order Pieces. Say, the Seychelles or Malaysia. This way I cannot be served a US or EU subpoena, in worst case scenario.

I know you have a Canary Islands address. However, I am sure I would pass your monthly limits regarding mail pieces. Meaning your address is meant for personal affairs, not a mail order business.

Our principal place of business is already offshore, but I am technically operating here. I am willing to forgo actually retrieving the returned items and just give customers money back in order to avoid getting served a subpoena at a U.S. Based PO Box. That is a good trade-off in my mind.

Do you see a problem with USPS seeing a Seychelles Return Address on hundreds or thousands of mail order pieces per month. Going through the same Post Office or Regional Hub? Do you see a Postal Inspector getting involved?

Or - even if USPS did notice - is there nothing they can do about it? Assuming it is a legal, legitimate business

Thank you,

You may already be violating one or more laws if indeed you are i \"technically operating\" a business in the US that is setup to look like an offshore business.

The question to you about your \"experiences with mail order\" is fine, but my understanding is, there is no requirement to use a return address. Return address is for use by USPS if package is undeliverable. Of course it will likely be opened by USPS if undeliverable, so I\'d be more concerned with what information the contents reveal, Rich.

Postal Inspectors have a lot of authority for serving subpoenas, and I suppose they are experienced in dealing with deceptive return addressing issues.

Congress Clears Way For ISPS To Sell Browsing History
Congress cleared a way for ISPS to sell everyones internent search history. Good news for encrypted content this will not be seen only the web address will be seen. Still its effecting everyones internet pravicy.
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Buying a new car without giving your SSN
I have been reading that when buying a new car, dealers will often require you to give up your social security number, even if you are paying all cash. They cite an IRS or Patriot Act law that requires it.

How does this work if you want to title the car in an LLC? Would you need to apply for an EIN for that LLC and provide that instead of your SSN?

Or do I need to give up my SSN, title it in my own name, then transfer title to the LLC after the fact?

A dealer will insist on your name and SSN because he or she must run it though the infamous NO FLY list. No exceptions!

I never, ever, advise a reader to buy a vehicle from a dealer. Buy only from a private party and pay cash.

I only have cash. How do I ....?

I do not post, much less answer, queries with dumb answers to my simple questions. They do not affect your privacy in any way.

Court Public Info
Be extra careful not to get a traffic ticket in Maryland. If you do, a lot of sensitive information about you will end up on the MD judicial system\\\\\\\'s website, where web crawling bots may eventually pick it up. Even things like your weight and height, and the car\\\\\\\'s plate number. All the more reason to minimize any contact or interaction with law enforcement. Search any name to see how devastating to privacy it is:

LLC/Ghost Address cost
How much does it cost to create a New Mexico LLC with a ghost address?

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HTBI is available at any Barnes and Noble. All others are Kindle Store only.

Log out of all of your online accounts on your laptop/phone before crossing into Canada
\\\"Canada Border Services Agency officers are authorized to conduct searches of people entering Canada, including their baggage, parcels or devices such as laptops and smart phones. These searches may be conducted without a warrant. Officers may examine devices for photos, files, contacts and other media.

If your laptop or mobile device is searched, you will likely be asked to provide the password. If you refuse, your device may be held for further inspection. \\\"

Additionally, if you have any online accounts automatically logged in on your devices, Canada Border Services Agency officers can access those online accounts and look through them.

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Due to a similar search of my laptop two years ago, I seldom now cross the border. When I must,, I carry a \"clean\" laptop!

No Name Change available, Organized Crime & Witsec
I am between a rock and a hard place. I have had ID theft occur three times and a possible nine others have happened since I arrived on a US island. My other issue is that my ex-boyfriend has ties to \\\\\\\'Local Mob\\\\\\\' he took my information and had a background check run on me. This state doesn\\\\\\\'t allow for people to seek name changes in private they will only publish them for ONE MONTH in the local paper on and offline. And to really make it fun they have state a witness program. But they don\\\\\\\'t offer anything once you leave their protection. I feel like once I testify that I will be unprotected, because the island is only so big. I tried to utilize Jack\\\\\\\'s information by re-reading his book three times. But without a Name Change and an LLC. I am very unsure that I have a chance of staying \\\\\\\'Alive\\\\\\\' They still haven\\\\\\\'t implemented Address Confidentiality Program either. Talk about a living nightmare. I just don\\\\\\\'t want to be me, anymore.

If you are asking me if I can solve your problems, I cannot. This is way above my pay grade!

Ghost Addresses in 2017
Hello Jack

In your book \\\"How To Be Invisible (2nd Edition),\\\" I was reading through your chapter regarding ghost addresses and how to obtain them. One of the methods that you outlined as a possibility was the \\\"Rural Mailbox\\\" option. I am in the process of planning to set up a ghost address and I thought this was a viable solution.

My question(s) for you are these:
1. Considering the 2nd Edition was written back in 2004, I thought it best to check with you to see if this method is still effective to carry out in the year 2017.
2. If this method doesn\\\'t work, what would you recommend as alternative(s) for obtaining a local ghost address?

Thank You.

1. Rural PO boxes? No.
2. I will stick with my comments in the 3rd edition. Why not buy it?

Your newest edition
Hello I was wondering if there is anyway to get your newest edition of \\\"How to Be Invisible\\\" specially made into a paperback copy? If so I would pay extra for it.


Re: #11336 Voting
Registering to vote makes your personal information even easier to access. For instance, there\\\'s a website called Voter Records that has a searchable database of voter records for 14 states. Once you pull up a record you get quite a bit of information on the voter, including their residence address, age, links to their social networking pages, records for relatives and even links to get phone numbers and to run a full background check.
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How many identities do you have?
Halfway through your book, I\\\\\\\'m just wondering just how many identities you prefer to have and how you partition them amongst the various aspects of your life?

Do you have one for utilities, one for business, one for properties, etc? Or do you have one for EACH utility, one for EACH business you run, one for EACH property you own, one for EACH bank account etc, with a separate ghost address for every identity?

Back to finishing the book...

Unless Interpol is after you, what you suggest is extreme overkill. But each case is different. You yourself must make these decisions.

Revised 4th Edition of How to Be invisible
Will there be a 4th edition of your book this year?

No. Next edition 2018 or 2019.

Creating anonymous facebook account
Is there a way to create a totally anonymous Facebook account using a fake name? I tried and I was rejected.

I have no idea, Paul. I stay away from Facebook, as far as I can!

Question to readers who love to travel
Question to readers who love to travel

You are probably familiar with the generous sign-up bonuses in airline miles credit cards offer. If you effectively juggle these opportunities, you can get plenty of free travel. There are tons of information about it on the Internet without hurting your credit score. It doesn\\\'t take a full time job, as some skeptics might think. The only drawback for you may be that you have to furnish your SSN for each card sign up. Yes, it is possible to have some kind of credit card without SSN, but it\\\'s not possible to mass sign-up for mileage earning cards without providing the SSN. So the deal is, you give out your SSN, and you get a pretty decent amount of travel in exchange each year. What\\\'s your take on this? Do you take the Faustian bargain?

Not for me, David.

Legal Name Change
In your view, what are the pros and cons of getting your name legally changed? I know you didn\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'t really recommend it in How to be Invisible, but would it ever be worth it? Does it help at all, with regards to privacy?

I much prefer just using a new name. That way, no one can pull up your real name that you use for banking, utilities, etc., if the only name they search for is the new one.

Keeping address private
Is it impossible to keep your address private ? I thought I was doing a good job but discovered a website that has my name, dob and address listed.

The site is

Do you know where they get their info from? The deletion methods offered requires identification and I don\\\'t want to give them more information that they already have.

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Of course it is possible...but ONLY if you move, and follow to the letter the instructions in HOW TO BE INVISIBLE.

There may be hundreds of sources where their info comes from.

private investigator 2)corporate line of credit
I am interested in meeting with you but it will be a few months or so till I can do that. In the meanwhile I am looking for help finding a friend who is off the grid...if nothing else someone sending him a note or whatever if they can\\\\\\\'t give me his info. I haven\\\\\\\'t heard from him since he got in trouble and relapsed .

If anyone can find your friend, it will be Tim at Parker Lakes. (See my CONTACTS page)

However this will take time and money.

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