Could you pick up and Vanish?

This evening I picked up a copy of Wired magazine and decided to spend a bit of time disconnected from the Internet and away from any blinking device that might cause me to stray from keeping focused on something that I’m reading.

The cover story documents the story of Evan Ratliff, a writer that put forth the challenge that he could go off the grid for a month and not be found. In essence I don’t think that this would be that difficult, but as a part of the parameters, Evan checked in with his editor on a regular basis and left a cookie crumb trail for individuals to find him.

All in all, quite an interesting story in which he was able to dodge “hunters” as they would be called throughout the US for 27 days.

The entirety of the story is captured here.

As for me, the only thing that I really learned in all of this was about the Tor Project which allows for the use of relay servers of sorts across the planet to allow for IP address masquerading for less of a technical discussion. Interesting nonetheless on ways to cover your tracks.

One thing to make of note is that Tor will only encrypt your traffic and bounce it through servers if properly configured. If you’ve got a service in the background that reaches back home or to a server to pull information without being configured to go through Tor, your IP address will be known. This would be where netstat -a comes in pretty handy to see how chatty your OS is.

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One thought on “Could you pick up and Vanish?

  1. I skimmed that article as Marshall gets that magazine. What I learned is that I will never be able to hide at all since I am not tech savvy. I have been thinking of you and I hope you are doing well.

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