The Art of Invisibility

I just recently finished Kevin Mitnick’s book: “The Art of Invisibility: The World’s Most Famous Hacker Teaches You How to Be Safe in the Age of Big Brother and Big Data”

Kevin Mitnick was a hacker in the 90’s, then turned into a consultant and more since 2000. You can learn more about him here.

During my read of this book is when his death was announced

The book was a very interesting read that prompted me to question how much I depend on Google for services.

I was already aware of the expression “If the product is free, YOU are the product”, but this takes privacy and the value of it to the next level.

In the book, he discusses the value of privacy and using tools to protect it. At times, he provides step-by-step guides to do specific tasks, even if it makes it seem like you are trying to avoid “being caught”, as if you are trying to hide illegal activity.

His argument is that while he doesn’t expect everyone to do every suggestion in his book, but that maybe the book will prompt people to question their day-to-day decisions around their privacy and cyber security. “Should I connect to this free Wi-Fi hotspot at the airport…?”

I was able to finish it in about a couple weeks with casual reading, so I suggest it to anyone who is interested in their cybersecurity or privacy!

Note: Some of the content is pretty technical, so it might sound overwhelming at times. 🙂