Your Secrets are My Business: Security Expert Reveals How Your Trash, License Plate, Credit Cards, Computer, A Nd Even Your Mail by Kevin McKeownYour Secrets are My Business: Security Expert Reveals How Your Trash, License Plate, Credit Cards, Computer, A Nd Even Your Mail by Kevin McKeown

Your Secrets are My Business: Security Expert Reveals How Your Trash, License Plate, Credit Cards…

byKevin McKeown, David Stern

Paperback | November 1, 2000

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Kevin McKeown knows how easy it is to find out anything about anyone-from credit card, bank account, and Social Security numbers to family histories. A top investigator and security advisor, he has spent the last twenty years doing covert sleuthing for everyone from Fortune 500 companies to government agencies to A-list Hollywood celebrities. Now this professional insider shares the tools of his trade, and offers concrete tips for safeguarding our lives from the threats posed by the everyday conveniences we take for granted, from the cell phone to the family car. You'll learn about:

* Shoulder surfing
* Behavioral fingerprints
* The black box
* Traveling eyes
* Phone clone
* And what you can do to protect yourself

Entertaining, informative, and instructive, with thrilling accounts of McKeown's high-profile cases, Your Secrets Are My Business is a must-read for everyone who wants to keep their secrets to themselves.
Kevin McKeown's case history includes cracking an international high-tech smuggling ring with the FBI and U.S. Customs, reversing Robert De Niro's 1996 arrest for assault, and conducting an undercover investigation of Kraft Foods. Dave Stern is the author of several works of fiction and nonfiction.
Title:Your Secrets are My Business: Security Expert Reveals How Your Trash, License Plate, Credit Cards…Format:PaperbackDimensions:272 pages, 8.98 × 6 × 0.71 inPublished:November 1, 2000Publisher:Penguin Publishing GroupLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

Introduction - The Mustard Man and Me


Chapter One - Your Habits
This Looks Like a Job for Superman
The Frequent Liars Club
Patty's Mistake
Lucky's Big Break

Chapter Two - Your Trash
The Day It Rained Garbage
Trash the Ego
Behold the Power of Cheese
It's a Girl
A Final Word

Chapter Three - Your Public Profile
The Leaky Casket Caper
Big Brother
Conspiracy Theory
The Leaky Basement Caper

Chapter Four - Your Car
I Showered with a Dead Man!
Road Rage
Say Cheese
The Most Public Record of All

Chapter Five - Your Telephone
One Really Bad Bald Man
The Day the Music Died: The Workplace Phone
Beep You!
The Book of the Film

Chapter Six - Your Mail
Dougie Does Paris
Listen to What the (Fat) Man Said
The Law's Longest Arm

Chapter Seven - Your Credit Cards
Dining at Its Finest
What's My Line?
Big Brother Is Watching

Chapter Eight - Your Computer
Let's Get Together and Feel All Right: The Ease of Electronic Theft
An Immodest Proposal
Office Politics
Your E-Mail
Erase vs. Delete: Discard vs. Destroy
The Games People Play


Hold Still, This'll Only Hurt for a Second

Chapter Nine - The Pretext
I Can Get It For You Wholesale
The Company You Keep
Talkin' the Talk
A Formal Approach

Chapter Ten - Eavesdropping and Phone Scams
Let That Be a Lesson to You
Phone Clones
A Boring Conversation
Let Your Fingers Do the Talking

Chapter Eleven - Robbing Your Identity
The Right Man for the Job
An Offer He Couldn't Refuse

Chapter Twelve - Too Good to Be True
The Trojan Horse Effect
Meaner than a Junkyard Dog
Instinct Appeal: Hook, Line, and Sinker
For Me?
Party Favors

Chapter Thirteen - Tourist Traps
On the Beach
Now Boarding: Wandering Eyes
Who's Watching Whom

Chapter Fourteen - Surveillance Toys
The Black Box
Tracking Devices
Don't Say Anything, I'll Be Right Back

Chapter Fifteen - The Limitations of Technology
An Inside Job

Looking Ahead
A Gentle Reminder


From Our Editors

With just a few simple bits of information anyone can find out anything about anybody. That’s the premise of this book from security advisor Kevin McKeown. Your Secrets Are My Business reveals the techniques of McKeown’s trade as he shares information and offers sound advice for safeguarding your life and your privacy. Everyday items such as cell phones and your computers provide a hole for information seekers to crawl into and discover your most personal information. With this guide, you’ll learn how to prevent those very holes form expanding and subsequently secure your privacy.

Editorial Reviews

“Looks hard and deep into the burgeoning threat of information thievery. Kevin McKeown, a veteran government and corporate investigator, draws on dozens of his past cases to show how easy it is for criminals to gather personal information on average consumers. McKeown spends the first half of his book detailing how we leave information trails behind us—through our daily habits, by driving a car, by using a telephone, and so on. The book's second half explains how investigators, as well as criminals, pick up those trails. He ends each chapter with specific tips on what consumers can do to keep their information to themselves.”—Harry Wessel, Orlando Sentinel (Florida)

Employee Review

If Surveillence Society by Grant Jeffery left you worried, this book will leave you even more concerned. This author, by contrast, though, gives many useful suggestions about how you can return more privacy and safety to your life. Written by an ex-officer turned top investigator and security advisor, the book makes us very aware just how much we give away about ourselves by the many seemingly innocuous things we do throughout our lives. So, be warned, or be in danger. An important and recommended read for all.