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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.

Unlocking an iPhone using a fingerprint
If one uses a passcode, it may be captured by cameras, whereas a fingerprint will not be. According to Apple, the chance of false positive is 1 in 50,000.

However, the initial unlocking after a reboot can only be done using a passcode because it is needed to derive an internal password for decrypting the information stored on the iPhone.

Privacy w/ an LLC
In my area, in order to have an LLC, you must list your name an address. A quick search of the online business registry shows many thousands of business where \\\\\\\\\\\\\\\"owners\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\" have put their home address in the documentation which gets published to the internet. Surprisingly stupid.

For the privacy side of this (legal stuff I\\\\\\\\\\\\\\\'ll handle through my lawyer), would a ghost address suffice for this? I have access to more potential ghost addresses than I may need, ever.

Please direct any question regarding NM LLCs to Rosie.

re 11460
I heard elsewhere (sorry, don\\\'t recall where) that you should not use any fingerprint reader with an iPhone, Android, tablet, or laptop. The reason: you cannot be compelled to give a password, but you cannot refuse to provide your fingerprint.


Apple Touch ID fingerprint
How concerned should we be about Apple Touch ID that uses a person’s fingerprint to log in or unlock his device?

My webmaster told me not to use the fingerprint. Sorry, I did not ask why.

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