Your Secrets Are My Business

Your Secrets Are My Business

Security Expert Reveals How Your Trash, License Plate, Credit Cards, Computer, a nd Even Your Mail Make You an Easy Target for Today’s Information Thieves

  • Paperback
  • ISBN 9780452282049
  • 272 Pages
  • Plume
  • Adult


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.

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


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