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A Godsend for Domestic Violence Survivors in personal privacy.
Reviewed in the United States on August 13, 2019
Not a techie, but a survivor of a long, multi-year, bizarre angry and threatening domestic violence situation which ended in divorce. I say bizarre because at every turn after the ink was dry on the divorce papers, I found my private info being breached: bank accounts, email accounts, phone numbers, social media accounts, my ISP account, mobile accounts, my car, my storage unit, my physical home, the next apartment I moved into after I sold the home, and on and on. My spouse could have been called a petty thief while we were married, but post divorce, I learned unfortunately he had a much darker bent and there was so much more theft than "petty." During the deepest breaches into my info, he was working as a tech guy, a locksmith and telecom guy in a major corporation in our medium sized Texas town.
Eight years ago I didn't know a router from a modem. Fast forward to today, I have adopted many privacy steps I've learned; but mostly the many of MB's suggestions from his podcast. I also have a fairly unusual name, and have been moving into a more public position in life and through work in victim DV Survivor advocacy and safety education. Therefore I wish to keep as much of my private life as private as possible.
However, with my breach-fulled past, I felt overwhelmed with how to protect my privacy. Furthermore, I made reports to local law enforcement though it seemed futile. I spent more hours than I care to recall changing passwords, opening and closing accounts, moving contacts from one device to another, beefing up access control to my physical property.
On his podcast Michael has been addressing every single privacy issue I've been faced with. After listening a while and scrambling to jot down notes, and at times (not a techie) missing some nuance, I for one am grateful for the step by step nature of this book.
The most helpful note I can make for potential buyers is that this book has been written in tutorial form, in simple language, with caveats to customize one's setup according to one's particular issues. It teaches readers how to first lay one's "privacy foundation," brick by brick, which will take some time.
Many thanks to the author, whether he thinks he is overly cautious or not. This is the world we live in. The telling story about the Neighborhood app alone will change your mind about how much personal info you put out there from now on. I've been dragged into the cyber security world by necessity; this is the first book that 1) validates my past experience when even law enforcement could do nothing..and 2) gives me concrete tools to lock down my personal data as I move forward. The trick now is to stay ahead of the bad operators.
I've only had the book a few days, and have been flipping through to get a feel for the steps required; I'll update the review after I've digested more of it. ;-) I hope I get to hear the author speak in person someday and/or be invited into his website training. Thanks again.
UPDATE: After thorough review, I have to warn readers this book is not the faint of heart. I have been a book editor in the past to a university press and I will tell you that I wish the author had paid an editor AND included a glossary just to keep it all straight.
Also, If you are literally in the middle of a DV divorce, give this book to a techie friend who can help you make sense of it, one step at a time. I’m not finding the info to be wrong — it’s just SUPER DENSE.
While the author gives step by step instruction, and lays chapters out in order of priority, one may not need to follow early chapters and can skip to the latter.