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How To Disappear And Live Under The Radar

We live in a world where we are constantly watched and monitored. Find out what it would take to wipe the slate clean and live a life free of big brother.

Police State got you down? Does the thought of Martial Law keep you up at night?  Well, it should!

We live in a world where we are constantly watched and monitored. Ever wondered what it would take to wipe the slate clean and live a life free of big brother?

Security expert Aton Edwards answered just that as he goes on an amazing journey off the grid and under the radar in ‘‘Track Me If You Can”.

The show focused on ways to avoid being tracked by “big brother” or anyone else who may be looking for you.

Track Me If You Can is a must-watch for anyone interested in protecting their privacy. Aton covers many excellent tips and gives necessary information for anyone who wants to go off-grid and disappear off the radar.

Track Me If You Can (via Daily Motion)


  • There are 30 million plus surveillance cameras on the US, one camera for every ten Americans.
  • The average American is in 200 databases.
  • Putting a plan in motion to keep you from being tracked is a good idea if you want to devise a new life for yourself

Before You Go

  • Plan 3 months ahead of time
  • Right before you leave, change your appearance significantly (if you have hair, shave your head, if you have blond hair, change it to black, get glasses, etc.).
  • Before you leave, terminate all of your accounts (email, bank accounts, credit cards, etc).
  • Don’t terminate your social network sites as you can use these sites to provide disinformation.
  • Before you leave, delete all of your computer files and get rid of your computer’s hard drive (first boil the hard drive then smash it with a hammer and finally run a Degausser/electromagnetic wand over the drive to obliterate all information it may contain).
  • Get rid of all of your personal items like photos, trophies, mementos, etc. that could tie you to your old life.
  • Shred all of your personal info and credit cards/bank statements/etc. with a micro-cut shredder, next take the shredded material and spread it around in a bunch of trash bags and leave the bags at various dumpsters around the city, or burn it.
  • Get rid of your cell phone or tablet as these can be easily used to track your location either through a computer software program or through triangulation. Off is never truly off with a smart phone, take out the battery until you are ready to abandon it (see below).
  • Pro Tip: Wipe all of your info from your cell phone then leave it at a train or bus station so that someone else will pick it up and start using it, thus providing a source of disinformation for those searching for you.

Day Zero

  • Break your normal patterns (what you eat, where you frequent, how you shop, the kind of work you do, etc).
  • Ditch your car and find a substitute that is not your personality.
  • Completely change your lifestyle (ie: if you are currently a corporate lawyer, become a night janitor then dress and behave appropriately).
  • If you do take your car get rid of the toll pass which can track your movements through the RFID chip in the pass.
  • Stay away from interstate highways.
  • Get rid of the GPS device which came with your car. Ditto for the OnStar system which can be activated remotely and allow others to listen in on your conversations.
  • Make sure your tires don’t have RFID chips in them. Some tires have these chips and they can link to your VIN number and the purchase location of the tires.

Living Day To Day

  • Go to non-chain restaurants.
  • Pay for everything with cash.
  • Use alcohol wipes to remove fingerprints.
  • When you are out in public disguise yourself (at least wear a hat and sunglasses).
  • Avoid frequenting your usual places (for example, if you are a vegetarian your meal preference can be found through your prior airline meal request and then you may be easier to locate if you frequent vegetarian restaurants).
  • Get your food to go from restaurants so you don’t leave DNA on the plates/utensils/glasses which can be read with an easily purchased BPac machine which analyzes your biometrics.
  • Stay in small motels and pay with cash.
  • Use a Multi Sweep Hidden Camera & Bug Detector to check for hidden bugs/cameras/etc.
  • Cover the peephole so people can’t see into your room.
  • Sleep in your sleeping bag so you won’t leave DNA behind on the hotel bedding.

How To Stay Off The Radar

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  • Buy a basic pre-paid cell phone (not a smart phone) which you only use for outgoing calls (be sure to turn off the caller ID). Replace the pre-paid phone frequently, about every 2 weeks.
  • When you are not using the cell phone, remove the battery so it can’t be turned on remotely or used to track you.
  • Be careful when speaking in cars or near windows. The NSA/CIA/FBI has a bounce laser monitoring system which can pick up sound waves on glass and record what you are saying.
  • At night you can avoid being seen on cameras that use infrared light (90% do) by fashioning a cap with LED lights on the front of it which makes a “halo” and shields your face from the cameras.

Restarting Life

  • To determine the best place to resettle, choose a mid-sized city in a not overly cold place. Big cities and small towns are not good places for anonymity because of all the cameras.
  • To change your identity don’t just assume the identity of someone else (this is way more difficult–and illegal–than it used to be), instead petition the court to change your name legally to a new–and common–name (you’ll have to dig deeper elsewhere on the web for exactly how to do this without giving yourself away).
  • Apply for a driver’s license under your new name.
  • Get an RFID-blocking wallet (here’s one for the ladies). Most driver’s licenses and passports have RFID chips in them. Block people from reading these RFID chips by carrying them in your RFID-blocking wallet.
  • To get back online use a new laptop. Stay away from libraries!
  • Always use a hard wire to your laptop and turn off the wi-fi which is universally less secure.
  • Put a cover over your web cam because these are extremely easy to turn on remotely.
  • Install anti-key logger software on your computer.
  • Also, install software that will reroute your ip address so your location can’t be determined via your computer.
  • Be aware of the NSA spying and the ECHELON program in the US which monitors phone and computer transmissions for keywords and messages.
  • At the grocery store, change your shopping habits and never use store club cards.
  • Be aware that nearly all food packaging now contain RFID tags. To be sure these aren’t used for tracking (unlikely now but possibly more likely in the future as the Internet grows) repackage food once you purchase it and get rid of the store packaging.
  • To find work, get a night job that is different that your previous job, such as a janitor. This will limit your contact with people.
  • Change jobs often.
  • Create a “back story” for your new identity and practice it. If you base your lies on the truth but change the details a bit, your story will be easier to remember and more believable.
  • Open a bank account, preferably at a small, local credit union.
  • Be aware of video surveillance cameras which are everywhere.
  • Never contact people from your past.
  • The narrator noted that every year, changing your identity gets harder.
  • The police now consider common activities suspicious such as bird watching, sketching or painting, or taking photographs in public.
  • There are 70+ FUSION centers in the US which coordinate surveillance and other information.
  • Airlines sometimes put locater chips on your bags so be aware of this. You can also use these tagged bags for disinformation purposes (ie: leaving them in places to throw people off your trail).
  • Technology is now available to identify you by the way you walk (change the way you walk), your facial measurements and biometrics (use a disguise, and especially sunglasses), and even your response to images.
  • It will be 7 to 10 years before your old identity drops off of databases, if ever.
  • Guard against complacency.
  • The less you interface with technology, the better off you will be.
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  1. Jesus is our only real permanent security. Seems like it may be too late. But I have put alot of thought to this too. For decades. I think many people would love to get off the radar. Get a new identity and have a place to live free from big brother and private sector snoops. Just new automobiles are enough to make me sick. I miss my old three eighty three cuda. Im reading the book nineteen eighty four. written before the great depression. Very interesting. Just need a new slate like everyone else. Be nice to just drop off the radar permanently. Fear the Lord. life is good. Thanks for the heads up on how screwed we are.

    1. Only thru elimination of the “radar” can true freedom be achieved.

      1. Never to be done. Face it and ‘make a move.

    2. It seems like it gets harder every year to live free from spying and snooping, but it is a worthy goal to have and can be (mostly) reached.

    3. Well said. We are called to be light and salt in this world. I trust our Lord to have my back when it comes to my own personal freedoms.

  2. How do you live under the radar with asthma and diabetes that require medications

    1. This would be my question as well…what about those people who have chronic illnesses that require daily medication and use of a pharmacy? What about those who have to take pain killers. The states and DEA are monitoring these types of meds. I would love to live off the radar some day but there are logistical and privacy concerns with regard to my health.

      1. Learn how to deal with your illness naturally through diet and plant medicine. There are many alternatives.

        1. Diabetes via plants? Right! Call a mortician. Ha!

          1. Do The Natural Healing Paradigm for diseases. Google it. You won’t have any left.

          2. Type 2 diabetes is 100% reversals on a plant based diet

          3. I reversed my type 2 diabetes with a LCHF diet and intermittent fasting. I am finally medication free and fit again in my 40s.

          4. yes Diabetes through plants, and it works, my wife is free of it now do to Medical Marijuana. never had to call a morge either like some people may think.

          5. Yes you can fix diabetes without medication. I did. Go plant based and use herbs.

      2. Move to Colorado.

      3. I agree. It’s nearly impossible to disappear “legally” if you need medications. The only way is to change your name and get a new social security number, but this is not legally possible in the USA without leaving a large paper trail.

      4. Most chronic diseases are from the processed food we eat. Sugar is actually poisonous but the Food industry pushed it on almost anything edible. Eating raw fruits and vegetables has helped most people suffering from all sorts of diseases. Keeping people sick helps them keep people within reach as they will need constant meds.

    2. Bring your insulin and inhaler, of course. What would you do if society collapses (I should have said ‘when’, I suppose). Life is short…live!

      1. The hard part is when the insulin and inhaler run out. Do you go to a doctor? If so what do you put on the paperwork, and you must have an id in most places now.

        Having a disability will make disappearing very tricky indeed.

        1. It’s true that when you have a disability it feels impossible to do. I can understand since I’m a wheelchair user and require things I can’t live without.

    3. That is a tough one. If you need monthly refills you will need to show an id to your pharmacist and doctor at least every 90 days or so. The only way to do this would be to get a new id and social security number, and you cannot legally do this in the USA without a paper trail pointing back to your old identity.

      1. Long acting insulin is stable at cool temperatures and will give you a constant background blood insulin level. Claim you need more than you do and build up large stocks to keep in reserve. Only you know how many units you really need. Most diabetics are self regulating. If you do it right you can cadge many years’ supplies this way. Get to know the symptoms of hyper and hypo glycaemia. Glucometers and test strips would then not be necessary.
        Keep in a fridge/don’t freeze – if possible.

  3. here’s a tip from experience: ensure you can speak the country’s language. ie. if u don’t speak Spanish, going to Mexico SUCKS.

    1. It will be tough. Although if you pick up a book or two and really try to learn you should be conversationally fluent in about six months. Surrounding yourself in a culture and language is the hardest but fastest way to learn a new language.

  4. If your retired, live on a fixed income like social security, pensions with additional retirement account, how do u disappear?

    1. Easy. Follow the instructions above and only maintain your contact with SS with email and a direct deposit account.

    2. Getting a check from the government on a regular basis means you can’t disappear. You’ll have to do things like have a bank account and file taxes to qualify for your benefits.

      Cashing it all out every month and paying everything with cash will help, but you still have to interact with a bank or ATM once or twice a month.

      1. If you disappear only cash can be used. If you want, just find someone who will withdraw the money for you from the bank account.

      2. File taxes for benifits Lol. If its your only income its voluntary taxes. Askes you if u voluntary want them taken out. Dont get much to live on ad it is wht would u want any more taken. Like Trump says genius if u can not pay. They waste our money.

  5. Easy. Don’t use the internet. Don’t use a cellphone. Have no bills or contracts in your name. To beat the life-less system, what of the life system?

    Take lessons from the Matrix. Agents of the system are your friends, family, city workers, doctors. Agents are everyone and they are no one. They make a call and have the officials at your front door all because your family and friends love you. They gunienely mean it but they are plugged into a system that they are so inert, so hopelessly dependant on it, they will fight to protect it.

  6. What is the best way of doing a “wipe out” on all info that might have passed through on a daily schedule. Feel it is at least a start!

    1. You have to be proactive and leave a very light footprint. For example you can use a program like CCleaner to clean your computer but they still tracked your ip. You would need to use an anonymous VPS service in the first place to reduce your footprint to the point that is in your control as much as possible.

      This also includes using cash for purchases and other changes you will need to make in your daily life.

      1. Your so helpfull

  7. You mention name change, you need to give your ss# and they are storing that now….how do you keep of the books with that…

    1. It is impossible to legally change your name in the USA without leaving a trail.

  8. For the grocery store thing, just say you forgot your card and give a local phone number. There is a good chance it will work. To find one that does work, go to the self checkout line and try a few different ones until one hits. Now you are Jim Jimmerson every time you buy food.

    1. This is very possible, but I would rather leave zero trail and forgo the savings. Eventually stuff like this will catch up to you (like Mr Jimmerson checking his points and calling customer service, who then investigate further).

      1. Why would “Jim Jimmerson” give a shit, as long as you are accruing points on his gas rewards account without racking up any sort of debt for him?

  9. When you change your name is that public record?
    How do you buy a house or a piece of property without your name being tied to it?
    Can they track you through a hunting or fishing license?

    1. It depends on how you do it. If you were hell-bent on not being tracked then you could break the law and assume a fake identity illegally, but I don’t recommend this. It is impossible to change your name legally without leaving a trail.

      Yes, hunting and fishing registration goes to the government for filing and processing.

  10. (reading through all that) geez! no money, no friends, always afraid to look up. Wouldn’t it be easier just to leave the country and move to some jungle somewhere?

    1. Not really. It becomes normal life after a while. You would be surprised how many people live like this right now, completely under the radar. You might even know one!

  11. The hardest part that they conveniently left out was getting a new social security number. If you are adult American, how do you explain living your whole life without needing one.. and your story better be convincing, with plenty of proof.

  12. As others have mentioned, what was conveniently left out was the number one tracker – the social security number. I can see why many think that it’s the ‘mark or number of the beast,’ because without it it’s difficult, but not impossible, to buy or sell. It’s not, however; I wrote a paper explaining why it can’t be.* Do note that it’s not illegal to change your name without a court order. You can call yourself whatever you want, as long as your purpose is not to commit fraud. As for the SSN, you do not legally need one to live and work in the United States. The Social Security Administration will even admit to that, and you can find a letter to that effect online. But living without one is inconvenient, and you might even break a nail, but it can be done. Just work for cash, or have people pay your ministry or anonymous LLC that you set up. At some point, you will need to hire an agent, as opening a bank account today is almost impossible without a SSN.

    *There are spiritual reasons why you may want to forgo using a number. For me, it was the question, who takes care of you in your old age, the State, or God? If you are past 45, I would just chalk it up as another of lifes mistakes, and collect your social security pennies, since it’s probably too late to undo.

  13. Watch Jack Reacher movie.

    1. Good idea about the jack reacher lifestyle.

  14. Go to Pattaya, Thailand. I did you article at 33, I had 5 great years. It’s another world.

    Because of addiction I came back to Europe, worst decision ever. Still with 220.000 euro at 39 I can have 20 great years and die in a great place. I hope to get back soon.

    Western life is one big illusion, full off bs. Go to Thailand, Laos, Cambodia! In Laos for example, it is very easy to disappear. In Pattaya, I needed to extend my visa every 2 months, I just gave a written paper of a hotel that I stayed there. If I would have been a refugee, they would have never found me.

    The corruption is very handy. Life is cheap. 800$ a month gives me a nicer life there, then 2,000euro a month in Europe. All you need is cash! That’s it.

    I didn’t wanna disappear, but know many who do. You just need a passport to enter. Keep your paperwork things in order and just don’t look back, or throw everything away and disappear. You just need to take care of your money. It’s easy to get a deposit box. I consider Thailand a great solution.

    Simple life is amazing there, and you’ll learn to see things through uninfluenced eyes instead of western bs rules, its almost too good to be true. Go to Laos or Cambodia and life is even cheaper and easier to start over. It is hard socially, I had many western expat friends to talk to. Gotta watch out for scams, as a “farang” your just another target ATM, never trust the locals.

    Go stay for 3 months in Thailand…… you’ll see. It changed my life, I’m another person now. Depressed as hell to be back and next time I will never return! Western life really is a fake world. This is no life, just rules and obligations.

    Remember to keep distance and enjoy single life! Don’t let anyone think for you! Asia is changing fast. Maybe in 10 years, there will be no place to hide anymore….

    Just my quick thoughts….

    1. Leaving the country works well if you don’t mind being an expat. It certainly makes disappearing a whole lot easier.

      The big down side is the legal system in some of these places. Their jails are about like hell, and not having a passport or other ID is a good reason to be arrested and lost in a hellish system that you cannot escape from.

  15. I need to get out of this town! I’m stuck! I need to get away from people. People who want to hurt me because of an injury that changed my life and everyone’s life around me. I need to leave NOW!

  16. how do you know if your being tracked ?

  17. Get rid of your cell phone or tablet as these can be easily used to track your location either through a computer software program or through triangulation. Off is never truly off with a smart phone, take out the battery until you are ready to abandon it.

  18. I didn’t wanna disappear, but know many who do. You just need a passport to enter. Keep your paperwork things in order and just don’t look back, or throw everything away and disappear. You just need to take care of your money. It’s easy to get a deposit box. I consider Thailand a great solution.

  19. In regards to the new laptop, it would be better to buy a used one or cash, during the preparation phase, for cash off Craigslist or something similar, never connect it to your home network, wipe the drive and install some disto of Linux (a security based distribution) make sure it’s encrypted and then use encrypted containers to store sensitive information

  20. Face detection is already advanced and the technology just continues to progress making it quicker & more cost effective. Knowing which ratios make our faces unique is important to change yours in any meaningful way. Big Bro cameras be damned! Cut off your nose to spite your face :^)

  21. I really appreciate the insight here in this post and confident it’s going to be helpful to me and many others. Thanks for your post.

  22. I was watching the movie “25th Hour” last night, where they showcase the possible scenario of someone disappearing to avoid jail time.
    I found it an interesting topic, decided to do some research and gladly found your article. Thank you for all the information.
    Aside from all the technicalities involved, I think one of the hardest (if not the hardest) things would be not to contact anyone from your past ever again (or at least probably not for some long years).

  23. I agree with everything up to “stay in small hotels and pay cash”.

    Hotels require ID. Which most people will still use their assumed name until they can petition a court for a name change.

  24. If someone is trying to put Big Brother behind them it makes no sense to petition a court for a name change.

  25. I need to disappear. I have taken my life back from a bad man. I don’t want help. just best place to go

  26. What do you have to do to make such extraordinary steps necessary?

    While the government can track you down anywhere on the planet, why would they spend that much time, energy, and money to find YOU?

  27. yes Diabetes through plants, and it works, my wife is free of it now do to Medical Marijuana. never had to call a morge either like some people may think.

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  29. The truly frightening thing is this; what will AI do with the ability to track you anywhere, anytime?
    Rather than live in a new location and try to stay under the radar, it seems to me that the only option is to leave the matrix and live independently and be self reliant. Only complete severance from this brave new world will allow one to be free. It sounds radical, I know, but what choice is there. Even on this site, I have to leave my name and internet address to say this. I’ll be leaving both of these and much more behind if the event comes. That is not possible for most people as they are dependent on the system which entraps them. Which is the whole idea. You don’t have to wait for a disaster, it’s already here. Wake up and get out!

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