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Your secrets are my business : a security expert reveals how your trash, license plate, credit cards, computer, and even your mail make you an easy target for today's information thieves
McKeown, Kevin.
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Atlanta, Ga. : Longstreet, [1999]

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261 pages ; 24 cm
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JC596 .M338 1999 Adult Non-Fiction Non-Fiction Area

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Business detective McKeown shows how the average citizen can protect, preserve and maintain a private status without being vulnerable in the information age.Tips and stories reveal who is watching and where weak spots are in the system.

Author Notes

Top security advisor Kevin McKeown has a case history that includes cracking an international high-tech smuggling ring with the FBI and U.S. Customs, reversing Robert De Niro's 1996 arrest for assault, and conducting an undercover investigation of Kraft Foods for patent infringement. He maintains residences in both New York City and Washington, D.C.,
Dave Stern is the author of several previous works of fiction and nonfiction. He lives in New England, where he is hard at work on his next book.

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Library Journal Review

Private investigator McKeown relates many fascinating stories of his trade in this guide to protecting one's privacy. He argues that anything and everything about a person can be found with little effort or cost; caller ID and "cookies" in the computer system can compromise our privacy, and public records, mail, and trash are all accessible to those who want to harm us. McKeown's advice is timely and practical, e.g., he suggests keeping a disposable camera in the glove compartment to document an accident or road rage and shredding or bleaching any papers being thrown away. The book includes a brief list of online resources and organizations that promote privacy rights, but because it is written from the perspective of the victim, it does not list resources for information brokers or databases that allow online searches of tax liens, judgments, and court cases. A valuable addition to the books on personal privacy; for all collections.ÄHarry Charles, Attorney at Law, St. Louis (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Introduction -- the Mustard Man and Mep. 1
Part 1 Your Trail
Chapter 1 Your Habitsp. 7
This Looks Like a Job for Superman
The Frequent Liars Club
Patty's Mistake
Lucky's Big Break
Chapter 2 Your Trashp. 25
The Day it Rained Garbage
Trash the Ego
Behold the Power of Cheese
It's a Girl
A Final Word
Chapter 3 Your Public Profilep. 47
The Leaky Casket Caper
Big Brother
Conspiracy Theory
The Leaky Basement Caper
Chapter 4 Your Carp. 67
I Showered with a Dead Man!
Road Rage
Say Cheese
The Most Public Record of All
Chapter 5 Your Telephonep. 85
One Really Bad Bald Man
The Day the Music Died: The Workplace Phone
Beep You!
The Book of The Film
Chapter 6 Your Mailp. 107
Dougie Does Paris
Listen to What the (Fat) Man Said
The Law's Longest Arm
Chapter 7 Your Credit Cardsp. 129
Dinning at its Finest
What's My Line?
Big Brother is Watching
Chapter 8 Your Computerp. 143
Let's Get Together and Feel all Right: The Ease of Electronic Theft
An Immodest Proposal
Office Politics
Your E-mail
Erase vs. Delete: Discard vs. Destroy
The Games People Play
Part 2 My Toolsp. 163
Hold Still, This'll Only Hurt for a Second
Chapter 9 The Pretextp. 165
I Can Get it for you Wholesale
The Company you Keep
Talkin' the Talk
A Formal Approach
Chapter 10 Eavesdropping and Phone Scamsp. 181
Let that be a Lesson to you
Phone Clones
A Boring Conversation
Let your Fingers Do the Talking
Chapter 11 Robbing your Identityp. 199
The Right Man for the Job
An Offer he Couldn't Refuse
Chapter 12 Too Good to be Truep. 213
The Trojan Horse Effect
Meaner than a Junkyard Dog
Instinct Appeal: Hook, Line, and Sinker
For Me?
Party Favors
Chapter 13 Tourist Trapsp. 223
On the Beach
Now Boarding: Wandering Eyes
Who's Watching Whom
Chapter 14 Surveillance Toysp. 233
The Black Box
Tracking Devices
Don't Say Anything, I'll be Right Back
Chapter 15 The Limitations of Technologyp. 241
An Inside Job
Conclusionp. 251
Looking Ahead
A Gentle Reminder
Resourcesp. 255