Friday, January 17, 2020

20 Things to Do to Live Under the Radar

It's no secret that you (and me and everyone else) are being tracked, nearly every minute of every day these days.  Here are 20 simple things you can do to be "less trackable" in today's world.

  1. Live in a very rural area where you are less likely to be tracked via things like toll collection systems, traffic cam/license plate readers, publicly placed camera surveillance systems, etc.
  2. Pay for everything in cash, preferably in stores with little if any, video surveillance system (these places are becoming as rare as hen's teeth).
  3. Drive a pre-1990s vehicle.  Black boxes were first put into high end cars in 1994 and are nearly ubiquitous today.  Better yet, don't drive; walking or riding a bicycle are pretty much untraceable.
  4. Don't have a cell phone.  Even burner phones can leave markers of your presence when collated with other data.  No cell phone at all means no GPS tracking/Facebook tracking/etc.
  5. Don't wear a GPS-enabled watch or fitness tracker which can obviously track your location and many other things about you (like your blood pressure, your every action, etc).
  6. Earn your living via the barter/cash economy.
  7. Don't use social media.  At all.  Ever.  And don't allow your photos or other information to be posted on other people's social media accounts.
  8. Don't have "smart TVs" in your home and don't have cable TV or internet either.  Everything you do online can be easily tracked via your ISP, and smart TVs as well as streaming media services like Netflix collect a lot of data on you.
  9. Don't have credit cards, loans or other traceable debts.
  10. Live off-grid by having your own solar electric system (don't be hooked up to the electric grid), your own well, your own septic system, and processing your own garbage.
  11. Don't travel.  Your passport activity can be easily tracked and if you think we live in a surveillance state in the US, you should see how surveillance is done in London.
  12. Don't use any service that can track you or provide info on your activities: library, store apps, Apple pay, etc.
  13. Keep your biometric info to yourself (don't do fingerprints, iris scans, DNA tests, etc).
  14. Don't get into a legal situation where law enforcement may be compelled to track you down: custody/child support dispute, legal dispute, criminal activity, not complying with court orders or warrants, etc.
  15. Learn how to use trusts and LLCs to protect your assets and your privacy.
  16. If you must do things online, do so with the utmost effort towards your privacy and security.
  17. Don't do anything where others would be compelled to record your activities: calling a tow truck, calling a plumber or electrician, calling 911, making large cash transactions at a bank, using the post office, etc.
  18. Don't do things that draw attention to yourself (people will note if you are a regular at a bar, if you are buying or selling drugs, even something as simple as "acting weird" can get you on someone's radar).
  19. Be aware of the unusual ways you could be tracked: RFID tags in items you buy, GPS locations embedded in the photos you take, the secret code on every paper you get from a copy machine, etc.
  20. Never have any account in your name: no real estate transactions, no utility accounts, no Amazon account, no medical bills, email accounts, etc.

1 comment:

  1. I usually like your articles, but this one seems silly. If taken cumulatively, I suppose one would simply sit on a stump and wait to die.