Top positive review
Finally, a straghtforward book on the subject
Reviewed in the United States on August 27, 2012
If you are unsure about whether Internet privacy is a topic worth spending $30 on, then you definitely need to read this book.
If you already know the importance of this topic and are considering this book as your tool to protect yourself from very serious dangers, then you came to the right place.
My biggest problem reading this book was that, even though I know something about computer databases and privacy, it made me sick to learn just how much private information can be obtained so easily. Any criminal, mean person, or someone who feels you slighted them, can find out things about you and your family that would allow them to really mess you up.
But this book does not waste time trying to scare you or with theory. It gets right to the point and shows you specifically what to do, and walks you through doing it.
You do not have to be "smarter than a fifth grader" to understand and benefit from this book. You may need to have more "big picture" and discipline than a fifth grader to act on this information to do the things you must do to protect yourself. It is a pain to do all the necessary things the author outlines. But real pain is being a victim, targeted because of your lack of Internet privacy.
Buy this book now. You must do it now because it is timely. Things change rapidly, and the procedures outlined will change in time. And you must start now if you want to have a chance of taking control of the impact of Internet on you and your family's personal safety.
Also, make sure your computer is secure. This book touches on it, but does not include all the aspects of computer security that you also must know. For that you need another book, or a very good IT person. You have to search carefully to find a book that does such a good job of making computer maintenance as easy for the non-technical person as Hiding from the Internet does for managing your Internet privacy.
One thing I think could be improved: I don't agree with the recommended email choices. Google and privacy do not seem to go together very well. I find the new outlook.com (not to be confused with Outlook) by Microsoft to be good if you turn off its social networking features, and it is (arguably) a more respectable address than the other well known free services.
Update: This book is today even more important than when I first reviewed it. What is new since then? For PC security, Windows 8 is good; worth the frustrating first hour of learning to use it. Best: use Linux for all your Internet work. Not easy for Windows users I realize, but there are ways (Linux virtual machine) to make it easy from within Windows. Example: Panda Safe Browser (still needs improvement, e.g., unable to change size of browser window).