The Art of Invisibility by Kevin Mitnick


Title: The Art of Invisibility 

Author:  Kevin D. Mitnick, Robert Vamosi

From the Book Description:

Have you ever filled out an online form, submitted information to a school or organization that puts its information online, or had a legal case posted to the Internet? If so, you have volunteered personal information to a third party that may do with the information what it pleases.

Chances are that some—if not all—of that data is now online and available to companies that make it their business to collect every bit of personal information off the Internet. The Privacy Rights Clearinghouse lists more than 130 companies that collect personal information (whether or not it’s accurate) about you.

And then there’s the data that you don’t volunteer online but that is nonetheless being harvested by corporations and governments—information about whom we e-mail, text, and call; what we search for online; what we buy, either in a brick-and-mortar or an online store; and where we travel, on foot or by car.

The volume of data collected about each and every one of us is growing exponentially each day. You may think you don’t need to worry about this. Trust me: you do. I hope that by the end of this book you will be both well-informed and prepared enough to do something about it.

The fact is that we live with an illusion of privacy, and we probably have been living this way for decades. At a certain point, we might find ourselves uncomfortable with how much access our government, our employers, our bosses, our teachers, and our parents have into our personal lives.

But since that access has been gained gradually, since we’ve embraced each small digital convenience without resisting its impact on our privacy, it becomes increasingly hard to turn back the clock. Besides, who among us wants to give up our toys?

The danger of living within a digital surveillance state isn’t so much that the data is being collected (there’s little we can do about that) but what is done with the data once it is collected. If anything, this book will make you aware of ways to be private within the digital world and offer solutions that you may or may not choose to adopt. Since privacy is a personal choice, degrees of invisibility, too, will vary by individual.

In this book I’ll make the case that each and every one of us is being watched, at home and out in the world—as you walk down the street, sit at a café, or drive down the highway. Your computer, your phone, your car, your home alarm system, even your refrigerator are all potential points of access into your private life.

The good news is, in addition to scaring you, I’m also going to show you what to do about the lack of privacy—a situation that has become the norm.

In this book, you’ll learn how to:

  • encrypt and send a secure e-mail
  • protect your data with good password management
  • hide your true IP address from places you visit
  • obscure your computer from being tracked
  • defend your anonymity

and much more. Now,  get ready to master the art of invisibility.

Some other great books by Kevin Mitnick

The Art of Deception

Ghost in the Wires

The Art of Intrusion