Thursday, May 29, 2014

Truecrypt is dead!


This is a very sad announcement. It may be fixed in the future, as the expert quoted in the linked article says, but for now TrueCrypt is considered broken and the owners burned it.









Sunday, May 11, 2014

Privacy consultations in either Las Vegas or Boston


If interest warrants it, I will travel to either city on June 15th and remain there for a week.  If you wish to meet me, I will allow a $1.000 credit against my normal fee.  This will be to pay for your first class air ticket, taxis, meals, and hotel.

For more details, go to JJLuna.com/Consulting

Saturday, May 10, 2014

Safety When You Travel: Two Doorstop Reviews


There are two ways to protect yourself from your door being opened at night by a man in a black hat with a door key to your room.

1.  Take a wedge with you that will block the door from opening

2.  Take a wedge that will rigger a blasting alarm if the door starts to open.

Note that I do not include a Buddybar Door Jammer, even though this may be the most effective.  The reason is that these braces are too long and too heavy to pack into the typical roll-on case.  Instead, I recommend two small items that will take up very little room when you pack.



Red shoe doorstop:  The first reaction to this doorstop , when shown to friends, is "How cute!"  It is not only cute but is useful for any door (such as in hotels and motels) in which there is enough of an opening at the bottom for light to shine through. My experience has been that these red shoes work great in many hotels, but not if the room happens to have floors of tile or wood.  So why not use a cheapie rubber wedge that is sold in hardware stores everywhere?  I've tried them.  The space between most hotel doors and the floor is too big.  The door opens right over them.

Doorstop alarm:  This unit lets out an earsplitting racket that can wake the dead!  However , it may not work if the room has a plush carpet .For this reason I suggest you carry both the shoe and the alarm. In some rare cases, neither may work. Nevertheless, my world-traveling sister says she puts both under her door at the hostels where she stays, and figures if one does not work, the other one will!
       "Certainly better," she says, "than no wedge at all."


Saturday, April 12, 2014

Great new version of Mark Nestmann's LIFEBOAT!

When Mark Nestmann's earlier edition of the LIFEBOAT  volumes first came out, I recommended them to all the people on my normal e-mail list.  Hundreds of readers ordered them and not one complaint.  Instead, many thanked me for the recommendation. Now, Mark has a totally revised edition available and it's definitely superior to the previous editions


I first met Mark at a seminar in Nevada in 1990 and have followed his career since then.HIs advice is always right on the mark. Trie, my My Invisible book,makes for a good start in learning about privacy, but when it comes to details, especially in using LLCs and foreign entities for asset protection, Mark is the master.

Click here for detailed information about the new LIFEBOAT OFFER.



BONUS

If you order the Lifeboat package during the month of April, I will send you free advance copies of all new e-books I plan to release this year, as soon as they become available. Here are just three of them, scheduled for June, August, and October:






To be put on the list for free e-books, just send a copy of your LIFEBOAT receipt to me:   Jack (at) JJLuna.com





Friday, February 7, 2014

Billyclubs are great for self defense!


Although often sold as clubs for which to stun large fish, a stout billyclub can also stun unwelcome intruders! My sister keeps one with her at the head of her bed, and a friend has a billyclub stashed under the seat of his Jeep. No "permit to carry" is needed.


As one reviewer says, "Can't beat the price, as compared to the local tackle shop!."  (Less than $11.)

To see more reviews, click here.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

David and Goliath review (new feature)

From time to time, I will recommend books and products on this blog. Although these will be affiliate links, I will never feature any item that I have not personally purchased and read or used.

My first recommendation is the newest book by Malcolm Gladwell, shown below.


I have been reading the account of David and Goliath since the 1930s but this is the first time I ever thought about the fact that it was Goliath--not David--who was in danger!

Click here to read the full description on Amazon.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

What ever happened to JJ Luna?


True, I did stop posting last October. Here are five of the reasons:
1. During a routine exam in October, it was discovered that I need a new aortic heart valve, ASAP! I did not like the suggestion received at Seattle's Swedish hospital so have been getting other opnions. This all takes time.
2. I hired and am training a personal assistant, Juanita Castilla, to take over my businesses if I happen to wake up dead. She has both beauty and brains but all this training takes time.
3. I am trying to get the right picture for the cover of a new book, ALONE AND AFRAID? 5 Tips That Can Save Your Life! So far, I've not found the right model--one who needs to look really concerned. Interviewing these young women takes time.
4. My wife had a bad fall a few months ago and the damage was permanent. I am her sole caregiver. This takes time!
5. Yesterday I sent out a routine email to 7,800 fans on my list. There was just a passing, indirect mention about an offer to send anyone a list of three reasons why never again to celebrate Christmas




. I expected just a few requests but they have been pouring in for the past 18 hours and I am overwhelmed!
No time for more chit-chat--gotta get back to answering the emails! (OK to still request the three reasons not to ever celebrate Christmas again, but allow three days for the reply, please. In the subject line put "BLOG - 3 reasons".)

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Best new book on digital security

I just finished reading Michael Bazzell's new book, Personal Digital Security. I was almost put off by the unattractive cover, but Michael has an explanation.  He says all his main sales are at speaking events, and that after he finishes his talk, the buyers flock up to buy, without worrying about the cover.

Good cover or not--this is the definitive book on personal digital security.  I have a library filled with books on  every possible aspect of privacy and security, and this book is one of the top five.  Some of the info I have never before seen in print.

To learn more about what I consider a landmark book, click here.

--Jack Luna

P.S. Keep an eye on this blog.  I am going to start mentioning books and other products from time to time that I personally own and read or use.  All items will be available on Amazon.com (so you can read the reviews, and have confidence in Amazon's money-back guarantee.)

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Is there some way to send a private message to someone?

If you mean so that no one (not even the government) can read the message or even identify the sender or receiver, then yes, you may still be able to send a private message. Not, however, via the internet (even Tor has been hacked) nor by radio, land line, cell phone or smartphone.  Use the U.S. mail. (The U.S. mail is also the best way to transfer money within the country.)


Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Privacy consultations: Panama, Ecuador

In mid-September I will be spending some time in both Panama and Ecuador.  If you wish to arrange a consultation with me, there will be no extra charge for transportation.

If the consultation has to do with business--here's your chance for a tax-deductible trip to either country.

If you are considering a move to either country, here's a short answer:

Panama

Pro: You can get by without learning Spanish.
Con:  Prices are generally at least double those of Ecuador

Ecuador

Pro: Unusually low prices, spectacular scenery
Con:  Best to learn at least rudimentary Spanish.

If you have any questions, please contact me:  Jack -at- jjluna.com

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Cops To Return $1M To Stripper!


FROM ABC NEWS AND MANY OTHER SOURCES:

     “A federal judge has ruled that Nebraska cops must return over $1 million confiscated at a traffic stop from a woman who saved the money $1 at a time during her 15 year career as an exotic dancer.
     “The money belongs to Tara Mishra, 33, of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif., who began putting aside her earnings when she started dancing at age 18….”

Background

In March 2012, state troopers pulled over Rajesh and Marina Dheri, of Montville, N.J., for speeding. (They were Mishra’s friends and had been given the cash so they could buy a nightclub in New Jersey. Mishra was to own half of the business and the Dheris would own the other half.)
     Mishra had packaged the money in $10,000 bundles tied with hair bands and placed in plastic bags, and it was stashed in the trunk of the Dheri’s rented car, which the Dheris were driving to Chicago.

A state trooper asked the Dheris if he could search their vehicle.

They said yes!  True, Mishra is getting the money back with interest, but all this could have been avoided. If this ever happens to you, here is an answer I suggest you memorize:

“With all due respect, officer, my attorney has told me to never allow a search without a search warrant.”  If you feel the urge to elaborate, say “I will not discuss this any further unless in the presence of my lawyer.”

If the cop starts to get nasty, say, “Are you detaining me, officer?  If not, am I free to go?” Repeat those two questions as many times as needed.  If the officer has written you a ticket, sign it. You will then be allowed to go.

Monday, July 15, 2013

HOW CAN GEORGE ZIMMERMAN HIDE?

One of my readers sent a question to my Questions and Comments page, asking what advice I would give to George Zimmerman, now that he has finally been acquitted.  Here was my answer.
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WHAT GEORGE ZIMMERMAN SHOULD DO NEXT:

1. Start Dr. Gott's "No Flour, No Sugar" diet at once.

2. Shave your head.

3. Grow a beard.

4. Contact National Enquirer, sell an interview.

5. With the cash from the interview, move to Baja California Sur for three to six months.

6. Once you've lost the 120 pounds you packed on during the past year, arrange to meet me at the La Mision hotel in Loreto. We'll plan your future together.
 
If any of you readers has better advice for Zimmerman, as to what to do next or where Zimmerman should hide, post to to the Q&C page, please.

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Does the U.S. Postal Service read your mail?


The quick answer is no, unless a warrant is obtained.  However, the fact that both sides of your envelopes could be copied may be a worry for many. Here's a quote from an article in the July 3rd issue of the New York Times, titled “U.S. Postal Service Logging All Mail for Law Enforcement.”

“In the past, mail covers were used when you had a reason to suspect someone of a crime,” said Mark D. Rasch, the former director of the Justice Department’s computer crime unit, who worked on several fraud cases using mail covers. “Now it seems to be ‘Let’s record everyone’s mail so in the future we might go back and see who you were communicating with.’ Essentially you’ve added mail covers on millions of Americans.”

Says a former FBI agent:

“Looking at just the outside of letters and other mail, I can see who you bank with, who you communicate with — all kinds of useful information that gives investigators leads that they can then follow up on with a subpoena.”

Two remedies, folks:  (1) Stay out of politics, and (2) use a ghost address as sender, for sensitive mail  Or, use no return address at all.

Link to the Times article:  http://www.nytimes.com/2013/07/04/us/monitoring-of-snail-mail.html?pagewanted=all&_r=0

Monday, June 17, 2013

How to fill your prescription anonymously

I am posting a copy of my blog post from February 2009 again, because the system is still valid--at least in some cases.  (If your doctor has signed up with some computer system connected to a hospital, this may not work)

Just a few days ago I asked for a prescription from a new doctor.  ("Please give me a paper one, made out to J. Luna".)  No problem.  I took it to a pharmacy where I had never been before.  I was handed a form to fill out.  I said I already had the information and handed her a printed slip for "Joaquin" Luna with a complicated four-line address in Spain and a phone number that had way too many digits for a U.S. computer.  I told the clerk I was just visiting.

     "Where are you staying?"
     "With a friend," I said.  (My wife is quite a good friend!)
     "What's your friend's address?"
     "She would not want me to give it out,"
     "Okay, come back in 20 minutes, sir."

When I picked up the subscription I was amused to see the label:  Joaquin Luna, GENERAL DELIVERY, [city and state].

Here now is the original post from 2009:

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The problem with prescriptions is that you lose your privacy when the pharmacist enters your name, address and telephone number into a database.

Step one. Tell the doctor to make your prescription out in your first initial and last name. Only once have I had a problem with this. When I got out to my car, I noticed that—despite my instructions—the doctor had nevertheless included my first name. I returned to the office, showed the prescription to the nurse at the counter, and said, “Doctor Jones told me he would make this to J. Luna but I see he forgot, and put in my first name. Please have him write it again to just J. Luna.” She disappeared into the back, and returned within minutes with the new prescription.

Step two: Select a new first name, one that begins with the same initial. For example, if your name is Dale Martin and your prescription reads D. Martin, you can use another name such as Dalton, Davis, Dean, Denton, Dick, Drake, or Dudley.

Step three: Choose a new address, phone number, and a new date of birth to go along with the new name.

Step four: Order your prescription at a pharmacy where you have never been before. For maximum security, prepare a business card on your computer with a foreign address and phone number. One of my consulting clients has business cards made up in a variation of his name, with an address in Spain’s Canary Islands. (The address is legitimate because he has a ghost address that is available on my website.) When a pharmacist sees the address, he or she usually just enters “Spain” and skips the telephone number.

Once you’ve gotten a prescription this way, you have two choices for the next time you need one filled. You can go back to the same place, use the same data (show the label on your previous bottle), and be prepared with an answer to a question such as “Oh, I see you are visiting again from …” Or, you can choose another first name, another date of birth, another address and phone number, and go to a different pharmacy.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Never open your door to a stranger!

For the past 14 years I have preached the same message in word and in print: HIDE YOUR HOME ADDRESS

That means that you never open your door unless you know who it is.  Since you will never know all the UPS, FedEx, or mail carriers, you must never open to any of them.

Sound too extreme?


Not to the ex-girlfriend of Prodromos Vasilopoulos, 23, of Athens, Greece.  According to an article in myfoxphilly, Vasilopoulos pretended to be a UPS delivery man to get into her apartment. He then brutally attacked and raped her several times. 

For those of you who do not already have my bestseller How to be Invisible, check out STAY PRIVATE: Hide your Home Address in Amazon's Kindle Store.  It not only contains the first four chapters of How to be Invisible, it also give you the opportunity to save hundreds of dollars on future purchases if you order How to be Invisible within the next ten days.