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Saturday, April 6, 2013

5 Items to Have in Your Possession...That Aren't Associated With Your Name

Original Article

It is ridiculously easy to track people these days.  Chances are at least of a few of your possessions unobtrusively track your every move without you even realizing it.  You may want to consider making it a bit more difficult to be tracked by your possessions.

  1. Have an assortment of firearms that aren't purchased, registered, or otherwise connected to your name.
  2. Have a "burner" phone (a prepaid cell phone purchased with cash) and pre-paid "minutes" for your cell phone also purchased with cash (likewise, you don't want to log into your email or Facebook or otherwise associate yourself with the cell phone if you want to keep it truly private).
  3. Many new digital cameras will invisibly mark each photo with the GPS location of where the photo was taken.  You may want to disable this feature and of course, not include yourself in any photos taken.
  4. Basically everything you do on the internet allows you to be tracked either overtly (your every post on Facebook, your every utterance on Twitter) or covertly (browsing history, cache, and cookies on your computer).  Be sure to keep your computer/tablet as "clean" as possible or use an anonymous computer if necessary to avoid being tracked this way.
  5. Shield your everyday life.  Your address, where you work, the license plate on your car, the RFID chip in your passport, the tattoos on your arm...consider all of the ways that you can be tracked and identified then set to work to disconnect yourself from these entities (ie: have a ghost address, a car registered under a LLC, have location independent work, shield any item that contains a chip, remove--or better yet don't get--tattoos or permanent markings on your body).


  1. I liked the post, I identify with being prepared and having something put aside just in case. But honestly I am stumped as to what I'm going to do with a "burner phone". I have no intent of breaking the law either now or post SHTF. So what would I do with it? Call in a false bomb threat or harass my nieghbors? What? I would rather use the money, time and energy doing something useful to me. Help me out here, what am I missing? And please don't go to that dark place where the whole country is out searching for me because of something I commented on once that is now interpreted as anti-government and I'm considered a terrorist.

  2. It's just a method of keeping your information private. It's not that you are doing something wrong, but merely a matter of exercising the right to privacy since you still have it.

    Would you let an officer search your home if he just shows up and asks to? Why not, you haven't done anything wrong and don't have anything to hide? So why let them keep files on your every move just because they can?

    It's just a point to keep in mind.

  3. I still cannot imagine a realistic use for it. One concern I have for any clandestine act anyone might consider is that the act itself makes you look guilty. Perhaps down the road if a crime or even self defense occurs you have to explain your actions in court. I would rather have clean hands and having and using a burner phone seems suspicious. Fine, use one if you have a really good reason but I truely cannot think of a good reason. If I want to call my wife and tell her I'm coming home or I'm going to be two days late or to tell her to leave and hide why not use my regular phone or even a pay phone. It just seems like something better used by James Bond then Joe anybody.

  4. I find it humorous that at the end of your article there is a row of icons inviting us to tweet it, share it on facebook, etc..

  5. Thanks for the info. I looked for that chip in my passpost but couldn't find it. Front inside cover toward the seam or fold. I doubt if anyone will take it anymore. Obviously been cut and torn. Thanks anyway for all the great info.

  6. Interesting info. It is definitely not an easy task to be untraceable in the "big brother" society we live in today.

  7. As we have learned over the past few weeks, the US Government can and has been tracking our phone calls, e mails, on line searches and credit card purchases. So the question is how can we purchase on line and keep it private? Can we purchase a prepaid debit card with cash and use it to make on line purchases? I have heard that some on line retailers require that the card be registered and that to do so you must give your name and address to the card provider and use the same name and address as the billing address when making an on line purchase. Can one make up a name and address and use that same made up name and address as a billing name and address, but use your real name and address for shipping? And if you do, is it private? As far as private e mail and on line searching is concerned have a look at ixquick, firstpage, and hushmail. What do you use for surfing the web and e mail? Do you feel they are private?