A FIELD GUIDE FOR THE AGE OF SURVEILLANCE
A former hacker tells you how you can stay safe in The Art of Invisibility.
Your online privacy and security are at risk and you need to know how to defend yourself. Who better to learn digital self-defense from than Kevin Mitnick, the man who was once the U.S. government’s most-wanted hacker?
After serving time for his crimes, Mitnick has since turned to security consulting, and The Art of Invisibility is his field guide for the everyday person on how to stay secure online. The information ranges from basic to intermediate to hardcore; for example, you’ll learn why you should use a VPN, then how you can use a burner phone and two Bitcoin accounts to stay anonymous on the internet.
Most of us won’t ever have to convince someone to buy a burner phone (never buy one yourself, Mitnick says, as security cameras at the store can ID you), but most of us can still understand the advice written in The Art of Invisibility, even if we don’t have IT degrees.
However, you’ll need to be prepared to take notes while reading, as Mitnick’s advice is sprinkled throughout his stories and info dumps. The book would have been a better reference if Mitnick had summarized his techniques at the end of every chapter, or organized it into an itemized cheat sheet at the very end.
Even if you’re not the paranoid type, it’s still worth reading The Art
of Invisibility to understand just how easily your online privacy and security can be compromised these days, and the steps you can take to protect yourself.