0046 - I KNOW where you live !
Oh yes, it's a stalker's paradise, the internet. I know your name, your full address, your telephone number and your email address..... well, at least I would know it, if you have registered a domain name and not made it private, using the services of a company like Whoisguard.
I did a little research. I checked some of your profiles. I noted the names of your websites. I did a search of the Whois database, and there it was; all the above information, because some of you hadn't protected your privacy, for the cost of just a few bucks a year, and FREE for the first 12 months if you register a new domain name through www.Namecheap.com
So I did this research not so I could turn up at your door, but so I could warn you that anyone could turn up at your door, which is a discomforting thought, seeing as there are a lot of folk out there who ain't very nice.
If you're not sure if your contact details are available for everyone to see, log in to Namecheap, do a search to see if your domain name is available (obviously it shouldn't be), click on the 'WHOIS' link to the right of the page, and your registered details will either come up with the details of the company providing your privacy protection or your name, full address, telephone number and email address.
I made the mistake of renewing a domain name automatically (that bit's not a mistake, it's good business sense if you intend on building/maintaining a website and/or business with that domain name) but forgetting at the time of purchase to automatically renew my Whoisguard. All my details are there for the world to see - but it's a website I haven't currently developed and I don't list it anywhere.
I understand that not all TLD's can be protected, for example .US names, and there are other exceptions depending on your country of residence, so you need to check if protection is available in your country and for your TLD extension. DotCom's and DotOrg's are fine if you live in the UK, like me, or the US.
So - if you don't want the whole world to have access to your home address and telephone number (your landline or which ever one you used upon registration) don't forget your protection. My privacy matters to me - Does yours matter to you?
I'll be around tomorrow night to borrow a cup of sugar. - Dave.