But I have to admit that I never thought I'd find this particular how-to available on the good old interwebs [link]. "How To Disappear Completely" ... sounds intriguing, no?
I have to admit, when I first read it I thought perhaps it was a "how to" on magic tricks. Then when I realised that they meant disappear in the geographical sense rather than the mystical one, I was just amused. I mean, how much information could really be in it? Would it just be the rantings of some angsty teen on how to run away from home, or a compilation of TV crime show observations?
As it turns out though, there's quite a lot of scarily good advice in there. Common sense points that someone who was considering going off the grid might not have previously thought of. Things like the fact that leaving in the morning rather than the afternoon gives you a better chance to get further away before anyone notices, and that slowly transferring your money from digital to cash over a period of time won't immediately draw the same suspicion as taking it all out at once.
I suppose if I ever needed to disappear for any reason there are worse things I could read. It's hardly a step by step, but it definitely brings up issues I might not have thought about on my own.
But as interesting and informative as it may be, I think I'll have to pass. Remove yourself slowly from the internet by slowing your use of online accounts before eventually removing them? Yeah, like that's going to happen!