How to Disappear: Erase Your Digital Footprint, Leave False Trails, And Vanish Without A Trace is a NY Times Bestseller written by Frank M. Ahearn who. When life becomes too much, Frank Ahearn can help you disappear. He’s not cheap; this New York-based skip-tracer turned skip-maker. Former private investigator Frank Ahearn used to be a “skip tracer,” Now he’s switched sides, and helps people to disappear without a trace.

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If you’re a credit card user and you use it for your points, you’re paying for your groceries, your EZ-pass or SunPass, even your electricity on your credit card. I picked this one up because I wanted to see how I could limit my vulnerability with electronics.

So I read this only in small doses, take my research notes, and then remind myself that I am not running from anyone, and I can’t disappear completely for at least another decade, because I have kids. While it might be easy to make one “hard to reach”, disappearing in the face of determined individuals P. May 29, Sherry rated it liked it.

It really comes down to what are you going to do for a living and where are you going? The only problem that you have is, how do you earn a living? Most of them sounded made-up.

How to Disappear

My favorite childhood genre was mysteries. So what you want to do is keep them busy; you want to build their file, make it thicker and therefore more expensive to follow. After all, what’s fifty cents off detergent compared to my privacy?

Yeah, I just need more money! Somebody pulls your bank records, guess what? Vera is still safe today, and you know what? My favorite part was definitely the stories of past clients, which were usually both instructive and humorous. This is the data they’ll disappesr. Disinformation can be fun.


Well, you can use pre-paid cell phones. Farnk give this a ahesrn. People say to me all the time, disappeear need a new identity,” but it’s like Bigfoot; we’ve all heard of it but we really haven’t seen it.

Skip to main content. He talks about Altavista – a very popular search engine in – which was sold to Yahoo in and had already lost its flair by than. So he walks out and for all you know he’s got a huge Twitter following from the old neighborhood and he tweets, “Hey, I just saw Frank Ahearn in Key West but he denied being him. What happens is, in addition to a credit file for your FICO, you’re building up this data profile of who you are and how you live through your credit cards.

Private Investigator Explains How To ‘Vanish Without A Trace’ | Here & Now

Disappeqr the three keys to disappearing, all about your electronic footprints, the dangers and opportunities of social networking sites, and how to disappear from a stalker. When his release date was nearing, he made it obvious that he was planning to come back and hurt her.

Or maybe I can, and I’m just giving you some disinformation in case you are compiling a dossier on my reading referrals. Those were the last great days of skip-tracing and social engineering when we could get almost any piece of information. Want to Read saving…. We enjoyed giving her jailbird the finger.

Ahern sounds out of touch with the virtual world. Lists with This Book. An interesting read with some good self-protection tips. Law enforcement definitely would have access to that with the right subpoena.


What you do then is entirely up to you; this magic man has no intention of breaking the law by helping you forge a new identity. Could you still use credit cards? To me, disappearing is living a virtual existence.

Transcript for Frank Ahearn on Helping People Disappear

I highly recommend this book for authors, for privacy enthusiasts, and for the chronically paranoid. When we went looking for people, we located the information they left behind.

I feel he’s talking down to me. Do you think ultimately, if enough resources, enough time are given to it, that pretty much anyone can be found? You build a virtual second presence.

The ideas are rather generic, not going into too much specifics about the “hows” but focusing more on the “whats” instead. I was also interested from the “making yourself a little less discoverable” point of view as it seems personal information is being sucked up by any and everyone. I mean you can also use email but what you do is you write the email, you save it as a draft, your mother signs on line for the same email account and she reads the draft.

The franm on cyber security and how personal information can be found by anyone looking were enlightening to say the least.

Unless you’re a criminal on the run, you don’t need a new identity. This book encourages the above sort of paranoia.