As an offshoot of another thread. There are numerous websites out there that provide everything from personal addresses and birthdates to phone numbers and maps, absolutely free. For a price, even more personal information can be provided. There have been attempts to legislate these sites out of existence with little luck. There are methods you can take to make yourself at least transparent if not invisible to people who are trying to track you electronically. This usually works best if you take countermeasures when you move to a new address. Some tips... Get a PO box: The hassle of driving to the post office everyday is worth it. Change your drivers license, checks and other personal data to this address. It will become a hassle when it comes to mail order, mail forwarding and some troubles cashing checks at stores but its worth it. Unlist your phone: Either pay to have it unlisted or learn the trick I found. You dont have to list your phone under your name. List it under your Great Grandfathers, your dog or Phill McKracken. The phone co. doesnt really care and its free. Get on the "do not call list": www.donotcall.gov/ Remove internet sources: If you find your address online send in requests to have it removed. Not always possible but try anyway. Do not give out personal data: Dont do it on the phone, dont do it at the register, dont do it online, dont do it. When filling out forms look for those DO NOT SHARE MY INFORMATION boxes and fill them out. Sometimes you may have to give it out but at least make the attempt to refuse. Unless you are under "deep cover" this is all just a matter of minimizing risk, you are not a CIA operative. Keep your receipts. Be aware at the ATM for people watching you. Look out for boxes over the top of your ATM card reader. Dont keep your PINs with your cards. Shred all documents being thrown out: Buy a shredder or tear it up by hand. Do the automatic bill payment thing if you like as it reduces paperwork buildup. For the serious paranoid look up Limited Liability Corporations (LLC's): To intricate to explain... google it. Use an attorney: Another more extreme measure. Have all your mail go through your lawyers office. A hassle and pricy. Check your credit report: See if anybody else is using your identity. I may think of more but Im running out. Share your stories and tips if you have any.