Cash use to be the currency of choice for those of us that are concerned about the government being too involved in our personal lives. Many preppers believe that cash is the perfect way to hide their prepping and other personal activities. That is no longer the case. Your cash transactions can be tracked.
- Cash is tracked at grocery stores via customer rewards cards.
- Cash is tracked at your bank via The Patriot Act guidelines.
- Cash is tracked via your emails and text messages.
If you think setting up a cash transaction with a person that you met on Craigslist is a good way to conceal your activity, think again. If you are investigated for any reason, you have left a digital record for anyone to follow.
Customer Rewards Cards
They started off as a way to more effectively market to customers, but recently, the government has issued subpoenas for shopping records. Every time you use your rewards card, it tracks what you buy, whether you use cash or card, and what time you tend to shop. This information can be used to determine the general area you live in, and your shopping patterns. What else can your rewards card reveal about you?
- The time you are most likely to be away from your home shopping.
- How much food and other supplies you are likely to have on hand.
- Whether or not you’re a vegan or lactose intolerant.
- The kind of medicine you take for illness or disability.
- Whether or not you have children and what gender they are.
It’s kind of scary when you think about how much you can learn about someone just by knowing their shopping history.
Your Bank and The Patriot Act
After 9/11 George Bush Jr. managed to get The Patriot Act passed into law. The public was originally told that it would only last 100 days, but here we are 15 years later, and it’s still law. It use to be that if the government was not looking at you specifically, you could move as much cash in and out of your account as you wanted to. Now banks are required to report the following:
- Cash deposits over $10,000.
- Cash withdrawals over $10,000.
If you don’t know what structuring is, it is making deposits or withdrawals that seem like you intentionally want to avoid triggering a government notification. An example would be withdrawing $2,500 at a time over the course of a few days, instead of making one large cash withdrawal.
How To Hide Your Activity
Hiding your online activity and buying activity is becoming harder by the day. Fortunately, there are very smart people that keep adapting to the government’s attempts to eradicate our privacy.
- It is possible to browse the internet anonymously.
- It is possible to hide your IP address while you browse.
- It is possible to hide every purchase you make online.
Browsing The Internet Anonymously
Perhaps most famous for being used to access what we call “the deep web” or “the dark web”, Tor is an encrypted internet browser that allows you to surf the internet completely anonymously.
Hiding Your IP Address
Another great program that allows you to change your IP, which in turn changes the location you appear to be browsing from, is Private Tunnel. Private Tunnel is a VPN (virtual private network), and when used in conjunction with Tor, it provides complete anonymity.
Shopping Anonymously Online
The best way to shop online is to use what is called “crypto currency”, and at the moment, the most stable, most widely used, and most popular is Bitcoin (BTC). Setting up a Bitcoin “wallet” is completely anonymous and it is similar to setting up a Swiss bank account. There are no names attached, and all accounts are identified by a combination of numbers and letters.
Bitcoins can be transferred from person to person completely anonymously, and since there is no central bank, they are currently not traceable. If you haven’t looked into Bitcoin as a currency, now may be the time to do so.
Even though hiding our personal activity is getting harder, it is by no means impossible. Armed with a little bit of knowledge, the average person can completely hide their online activity and purchases.