How to Disappear, Drop Off The Grid and Never be Found


Learn How to Disappear

Do you want or need to disappear completely and never be found? Do you want to leave your current life behind and completely erase your tracks so that nobody can follow you and nobody can ever find you? Believe it or not, some people want to do just that.

Running from the Long Arm of the Law

The most common reason for wanting to disappear is when you have a warrant out for your arrest. If this is your situation, our advice is to turn yourself in. In most cases, facing the charges against you is better than spending your life on the run. However, there are some situations where running makes more sense. Maybe you’re falsely accused but don’t have an alibi for the crime. Or, maybe you feel you’re being framed for a crime. And, maybe you’re dealing with corrupt cops who want to make sure they catch you for a crime. Whatever the reason, there are times when you simply have to disappear.

Hiding from a Criminal Organization, Mafia, or Cartel

Although it may sound unlikely, perhaps you’ve been in a criminal organization, such as the mafia, gang, or drug cartel, and you know exactly how dangerous it can be. And, because of the many crimes you may have witnessed or even been a part of, getting out of the crime organization might be even more dangerous. In this situation, you must go completely underground for the rest of your life. The crime organization should think you are dead. So not only do you have to disappear, you have to completely erase your tracks, assume a new identity, and start over.

Avoiding Spousal or Parental Abuse

Children and spouses in abusive relationships often consider disappearing an option. Depending on the level of abuse, it may be the only option. An abusive spouse would often rather see their spouse dead than lose them.

Escaping a Stalker

If you have a stalker, read our list of suggestions for dealing with a stalker. If your situation seems hopeless, and your best option is to drop off the grid, buy one of the books below to learn what to do.

Just Want to Start Over or Live a Private Life?

Some people simply want to leave their previous life and start over. Maybe you had a bad relationship or a marriage that didn’t work out. Maybe you suffered some type of public embarrassment, and you don’t want to show your face around town. Disappearing and starting over is a real option for you and may offer the opportunity for a better life.

In other cases, you may feel that the government has too much information on you. Perhaps you feel that the government is watching and tracking your every move. The books below will help you learn how to clean up your digital footprint and become a ghost.

List of Recommended Books

Several books provide helpful information on how to disappear completely. The books explain the techniques for disappearing and how to cover your tracks so nobody can find you.

These books are also helpful for private detectives hired to track down missing people. They provide insight into the tips and tricks people use when they don’t want to be found. Understanding the techniques that could be used may help you in your search. Following are examples of some of the more popular titles in this genre:

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
Discover real-world insights on maintaining online invisibility from the notorious “FBI’s most wanted hacker,” Kevin Mitnick (Wired). Unveil the secrets to existing online incognito, shielding yourself from relentless tracking, data hoarding, and identity theft. Mitnick’s gripping book exposes these threats and imparts the “art of invisibility,” delivering practical steps for safeguarding you and your family in both virtual and physical realms. From password fortification to shrewd Wi-Fi practices and advanced anonymity tactics, Mitnick shares expertise honed by exploiting vulnerabilities. Formerly a fugitive hacker, now a respected security consultant, he empowers you with the superpower of privacy in our age of ubiquitous surveillance and data collection.
How to Disappear: Erase Your Digital Footprint, Leave False Trails, And Vanish Without A Trace
A comprehensive guide for people who want to protect their privacy and disappear. The book explains how to eliminate all traceable evidence and avoid being found. Learn how to destroy all the known data about yourself, create fake trails, and use misinformation to your advantage. This book received a rating of 4 out of 5 stars.
Invisibility Toolkit – 100 Ways to Disappear From Oppressive Governments, Stalke: How to Disappear and Be Invisible Internationally
The Invisibility Toolkit is a helpful guide for anyone who values their privacy or needs to disappear. Regardless of why you’re running from stalkers, hitmen, overzealous cops, or divorce courts, you owe it to yourself to learn how to protect yourself and your family. This book received a rating of 3.5 out of 5 stars.

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Questions and Comments

If you have any questions about how to disappear or any of the books listed above, please visit the books page on Or, post a comment below, and we’ll do our best to answer.

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Michael Kissiah is the owner of Brandy Lane Publishing, LLC, which owns and operates a small portfolio of websites, including Michael created more than 20 years ago after working as a private investigator in the state of Florida. Since that time, he has become an expert at how to find information online and has written over 1000 articles on topics related to the investigation industry. In addition, he is the author of the "Private Investigator Licensing Handbook", available at


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