The New York Times reported that a Bitcoin security person “had long been obsessed with the value of privacy, and he set out to learn how thoroughly a person can escape the all-seeing eyes of corporate America and the government. But he wanted to do it without giving up internet access and moving to a shack in the woods.” The March 12, 2019 article entitled “How a Bitcoin Evangelist Made Himself Vanish, in 15 (Not So Easy) Steps” included these comments about #3 to “Carry cash”:
The most anonymous way to buy things, of course, is to simply use cash…. enough to handle most daily transactions.
Here are details on #8 to “Create a V.P.N. for home internet use”:
In order to shield his internet address and his location, he turned his home internet router into a virtual private network, or V.P.N., that made all his internet traffic appear to come from different internet addresses in different places.
All 15 Easy Steps:
- Create a new corporate identity.
- Set up new bank accounts and payment cards.
- Carry cash.
- Get a new phone number.
- Stop using the phone for directions.
- Make up a fake name for casual interactions.
- Create a V.P.N. for home internet use.
- Buy a boring car.
- Buy a decoy house to fool the D.M.V.
- Set up a private mailbox and remailing service.
- Master the art of disguise.
- Work remotely.
- Encrypt devices when traveling remotely.
- Hire private investigators to check your work.
Does this give you any ideas?
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