These days your every move--and in many cases your every heartbeat, thanks to smart watches--is being monitored and tracked. If you want to avoid having Big Brother know what you are doing every moment of the day, consider doing these things:
- Be completely debt free.
Own your own home free and clear (purchased through a trust for privacy).
If you don't want a paper trail to your abode, trade work or pay cash to live on someone’s
land/in someone's house.
Live in a low-tax, low-oversight state (good gun laws, no mandates, etc).
Live in a county with few building/other restrictions.
Own your own utilities (well,
Have off-grid solar for
electricity; use propane for appliances.
- Process your own garbage.
- Live low-waste/zero-waste/buy it for life.
- Have a woodlot on your property and heat your home with wood.
- Grow your own food.
Save garden seeds to use the following year and avoid
- Have a pre-1994 vehicle (no black box).
- Pay cash for everything.
- If you must use a credit card/pay online, do so anonymously.
- Keep your money in multiple forms (some cash, some investments, invested in tools, etc).
- Live in a rural area (less surveillance).
- Use an over the air antenna instead of having cable TV.
- Have “dumb” appliances (dumb TV, refrigerator, etc).
- Use a standard radio instead of apps like Spotify.
- Use a de-Googled phone.
- Have a burner phone (or two) unassociated with you.
- If you must go online, take steps to protect your privacy.
Consider printing/making a ghost
gun or two (if this is legal in your area).
Get your news and information from
a variety of sources (not only mainstream media).
- Use an air-gapped computer for sensitive work.
Keep your electronics in a faraday
cage when you aren't using them.
- Have a minimal number of electronic devices.
- Remove metadata and properties info before sending or posting pictures and files.
- Have a wide-ranging skill set (science, engineering, medical, etc).
- Be able to live in the wilderness for an extended period of time.
- Do not participate in social media at all.
Have sellable/barterable skills you can use to trade for cash or the things you need.
- Know how to hunt, fish, and forage for food.
- Know multiple ways to preserve food.
- Don’t have any memberships (Costco, gym, etc).
- Have multiple communication systems (HAM, cell, etc).
Have a comprehensive set of tools
and equipment for all of your DIY projects.
- Consider buying all of your supplies and foodstuff in bulk (and confidentially).
- Shop where you aren’t tracked (Goodwill, thrift stores, garage sales, farmer’s markets).
Be physically fit (strength, flexibility, cardio).
Be in exceptionally good health (physical, mental, emotional, etc).
- Live a subsistence/sustainable living lifestyle.
Have a mailing address
unassociated to your physical address.
- Have mobile living options (van, RV).
Learn to travel on the down low
(walking, bicycling, hitchhiking, city bus, chicken bus).
- Have multiple bug out locations.
- Avoid giving away your biometric data (finger prints, iris scan, voice print, publicly posted photos, etc).
Avoid things with chip tracking
(passport, transit passes, Airtags, cell tracking, etc).
- Choose no-tech hobbies (jigsaw puzzles, woodworking, sewing, welding, etc).
- Learn to DIY all your needs (haircuts, yard care, building structures, etc).
- Remove yourself from the internet (you can find info on how to do this online).
- Be a minimalist and move towards more simple living.
- Download all the info you need and keep this on removable storage (videos, Wikipedia, how to’s, music, etc).
- Buy off-line items for entertainment (books, DVDs, games, etc).
- Don't have/use a bank account, cash apps, etc.
Don’t vote or participate in civic activities.
- Use religious/medical exemptions when necessary.
- Don’t participate in state/federal social programs (unemployment, food stamps, welfare, etc).
- Have multiple sources of income.
- Study people who live off-grid (Mark Boyle, Aaron Fletcher, Rob Greenwood, etc).
- Avoid surveillance when possible (court houses, stores, airports, etc).
- If you must be in a place where there is surveillance, wear a mask, sunglasses, hat, cover tattoos, wear generic clothing, etc.
- If you must go online, use more secure search/browsers/email/etc.
Use encrypted apps if necessary.
Use a burner laptop for internet
stuff (via public wifi).
Avoid crowds and people (there are times to blend into the crowd and times not to).
When you do interact with people, provide no information about yourself; be misleading if necessary.
Make your yard/home impenetrable (while at the same time not making your home look like a fortress which would draw undue attention).
- Create secret rooms, hidey holes, caches, etc to secure you valuables.
Don’t use cloud storage; create
multiple secure thumb drives to store your digital stuff on (hidden both at home and off-site).
- Follow the experts when it comes to tech privacy (Techlore, Sumsub, Rob Braxman, All Things Secured, etc).
- Don't use voice assistants (Siri, Alexa, Cortana, etc), and turn this feature off on your cell phone.
- Learn how to block your heat imprint from thermal imaging devices.
- Also learn how to hide from drones.
- Be a general, generic gray man.
- Be wary about what others post about you on social media (your photos, the stuff your kids post, a friend posting your vacation plans, etc).
- Learn how to protect yourself physically (hand to hand combat, using firearm, improvising weapons, etc). Note, this is a last resort.
- Continue to learn, improve, and expand upon your survival skills (examples here, here, and here).
- Balance being a lone wolf with being part of a survival group/team.
- Don't trust anyone 100%. Anyone.
- Be careful about who you let into your inner circle.
- Remember that everything you do online can be tracked, even with advanced security methods. Behave online accordingly.
- Always have a bug out bag on hand and be ready to leave/disappear at a moment's notice.
- Have multiple plans for leaving and multiple plans for disappearing (obviously don't leave these plans written down where someone can find them).
- Learn how to disappear (lots of info online, browse these securely).
- Practice going a day, a week, or longer without having/using any tech.
- Be consistently inconsistent in your daily habits, your contact with people, etc.
- Have a proxy person to conduct business on your behalf (have them make and receive an order for Amazon for you, have them rent your apartment for you in their name, etc).
- Use a paper map instead of using GPS/maps app on your phone.
- Consider using crypto and decentralized social media if necessary (these are harder to track but with so many people trying to hack these sorts of platforms it may not be for long).
- Buy the stuff you need incrementally (do you know how many murderers have been found because they buy bleach, garbage bags, a saw, lime, and a shovel in one purchase and put it all on their credit card?).
- Limit travel and drive yourself if possible (passports, TSA, immigration checks...travel is a highly regulated and highly surveilled thing to do these days).
- Buy your items in person and with cash. Don't provide any info to the salesperson as they often ask for your name or phone number to complete the transaction; lie about these if necessary.
- Weigh the risk/benefit of getting a concealed carry license. Better yet, live in a state where this isn't required.
- Avoid any legal entanglements. Lawsuits, criminal activity, unpaid child support...once the court system gets its claws into you it is difficult to unentangle yourself from it. Also this information becomes public record and thus makes you more trackable.
- Own your own business. Most industries are very pro-surveillance when it comes to their employees, you don't want to be one of these people.
- Live your life on the down low. While Assange, Snowden, and Manning did great things for this country, obviously their lives are now lived in a fishbowl. Leading protests, whistle blowing, and blowing up social media to draw attention to injustices is pretty much guaranteed to make your life a living hell.
- Try to avoid needing medical care. Obviously emergency care is necessary but try to take care of small problems yourself. Once you are in the medical tracking system, all of your records can be hacked, tracked, and generally opened to whoever is looking for you.
- Stay off the radar of the three-letter agencies. Most anti-surveillance/anti-tracking skills will throw off the average person but once the government is after you, they have a lot more ways to hunt you down at their disposal.