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The Privacy Handbook: Proven Countermeasures for Combating Threats to Privacy, Security, and Personal Freedom
"Those who would give up essential liberty to purchase safety," stated Benjamin Franklin in 1759, "deserve neither liberty nor safety." Unfortunately, in today's climate of fear, the government, the media and plenty of other American citizens see things differently. If you are not willing to accept "some restrictions in civil liberties to guarantee security," (as Tom Brokaw and others have phrased it), this book is essential reading. In it, Michael Chesbro shares hundreds of simple but effective measures you can take - short of armed revolution - to preserve your privacy and sovereignty in the face of Big Brother run amok. By being aware of the various threats to financial privacy, computer and online security, private communications, home security and more, and by employing these techniques to combat them, you can protect yourself from rogue government agents and meddling bureaucracies as well as nosy neighbors, prying family members, identity thieves, stalkers, solicitors and other enemies of privacy and personal liberty.
If You Want Privacy... You NEED This Book!
By A Customer
- April 10, 2003
This is certainly the best privacy book available bar none. The Privacy Handbook teaches you step-by-step how to protect your personal privacy from every type of snoop, be it your mother-in-law or Big Brother.I am very concerned with my personal privacy and since I started using the techniques taught in the Privacy Handbook I have stopped getting telemarketing calls. I have stopped getting junk mail and e-mail spam. I have set up a private communications network to talk with my friends, and more.... all based on this book.The author (Michael Chesbro) is some kind of a former government "spook" and seems to have direct insight and hand-on experience and knowledge of things like Carnivore and other government surveillance programs.The Privacy Handbook is an absolute must for the privacy-minded individual!
Privacy Techniques That Really Work!
By F.G. Ruff
- December 26, 2005
I bought this book about a year ago, and started applying many of the techniques recommended by Mr. Chesbro. In short... these techniques work and they work very well!
I no longer get annoying calls from telemarketers - haven't had a call in months.
Most of the "junk mail" has disappeared from my mailbox.
I was even able to avoid paying some fees assessed by my city by following Mr. Chesbro's advice to ask the government about their authority to assess those fees in the first place (the city admitted to having made a mistake once they looked into my challenge).
Other things in "The Privacy Handbook" such as improving the physical security of my home, or buying a paper shredder to keep an identity thief from gathering information about me from my trash also make me feel safer and more secure in my personal life.
I have followed may of the steps recommended for improving security of my finances and bank accounts, and have greater... read more
A few good ideas - some VERY BAD ideas
By Mike Donovan
- September 19, 2004
This book is about personal PRIVACY. Unfortunately, Mr. Chesbro advocates things in this book that will ATTRACT attention. Many of his ideas are okay and can help maintain a low-level of personal privacy. However, he goes off on anti-government tangents and advocates things like questioning governmental authority. In fact, on page 209, Mr. Chesbro writes, "Whenever confronted with a government regulation, policy, or agency requirement, the first question you should always ask is, "What gives you the authority to require me to do this (or prohibit me from doing this)?" The book is loaded with ideas to confront the government and "stand up for liberty." Well, that's all fine and good, but NOT for a book called, "The Privacy Handbook." Coming across as an anti-government rebel with a cause is the BEST way to get the spotlight ON you - not off. In too many cases, Mr. Chesbro recommends doing things that would do nothing more than flag you as one to watch and offer you LESS - not more -... read more
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