0046 - I KNOW where you live !

Last Update: April 12, 2015


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.

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Gordi Premium
I need to go and check mine, as I am not sure if my domain name privacy is automatic renewal or not. Now I am worried
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davyrobot Premium
Hi Dave! -

My name and address is all over the internet!

My name and address is shown on all my eMails sent out by my autoresponder -- Because the autoresponder service (Aweber) - I use require me to show an address!

I have been online for almost five years now and never had any problems!

But then I am not the sort of person that goes looking for problems! :)
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Loes Premium
I did a security check and both my domainnames has woisguard, thanks for keeping the head up
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bsmith1222 Premium
Thanks for sharing
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KatieMac Premium
I did take out the security and put it all for auto renew so I will double check thank you for highlighting this
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tomtitty006 Premium
I have my domains at go daddy.I had to renew some of them a few weeks ago,its a good reminder though.
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Christabelle Premium
Thank you Dave for this warning. This has been on my mind as my domain renewals will be coming up soon. I am glad I didn't sign up for automatic renewal now! Great image! :)
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DaveAckerman Premium
Well the automatic renewal is fine, providing you automatically renew your Whoisguard at the same time. I didn't, simply because I didn't want to find that the Whoisguard renewal fee was extortionate. Up to now it was possible to buy a few Whoisguard renewals at a time, and simply allocate or assign them to your domain names when necessary. Namecheap and/or Whoisguard are no longer allowing that, so it's a case of either auto-renewing your domain name AND Whoisguard at the same time, or relying on an email from your domain name provider telling you that they are both about to expire, or making a diary entry to remember to renew BOTH your domain name and Whoisguard by a certain date. :)
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Christabelle Premium
That is why I didn't put it on automatic almost a year ago, because I wasn't sure what the charge would be and I am not very trusting of such things. So I opted for the calender/diary option!
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WKnoepp Premium
Like your kitty.
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DaveAckerman Premium
That particular one isn't mine, I borrowed his picture from the results of a Google search for an image to go with my blog :)
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ninjaisland Premium
Dave, thanks for reminding us all in the brave,new world of the internet it pays to still be careful with your personal information.
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Shawn Martin Premium
Mine at Namecheap are all covered, but Go daddy is a rip off and I am out of there just as soon as I can transfer the last 2 domains I have there. Their upsells and prices are just too bogus :)
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NemiraB Premium
I wonder, how you will transfer domains from Go Daddy? I mean that anyway you will pay their price every year because you bought from them.
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Shawn Martin Premium
You can transfer them, I already transferred 4 of them. They do charge to transfer, but it is worth it.
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DaveAckerman Premium
Yes, I only use Namecheap. I have never had a problem with them.
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Inspiration1 Premium
Thanks for your timely reminder. It is essential to get protected.
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FamilyAffair Premium
So that is why I'm getting bombarded with spam to my email I registered the domains with? Thank you for posting this information.
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LisB247 Premium
In the world today, as you say, you cannot trust anyone. It certainly is better to be safe that sorry. Great post.
Lis.
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TravelHacker Premium
Good reminder. I'm pretty sure my Whoisguard gets renewed automatically, but I'm definitely going to check.

And I'll be waiting at the door for you ;)

Thanks,
Stephanie
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CathyS Premium
They know where we are anyway ... and they're coming for you ... :-)
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randyjohnson Premium
Scary isn't it. But in all reality google your phone number and it gives a map to your house. And we think google likes us. But thanks for remind us.
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BigDaddyFred Premium
Good post, Dave. But I am good. I have a software program called www.JustSeeWhat'sWaitingAtMyHouseForYou.com. And of course by that I mean coffee and danish! Just saying.....

But, Good Post. It is important to realize that anything on the internet is public domain onces it is posted!
BDF
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DaveAckerman Premium
Thanks Fred, a coffee and a danish sounds good to me!
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BigDaddyFred Premium
Cajun coffee to boot!
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CathyS Premium
Cajun coffee? Where you at, cher? No danish ... just beignets! I'm outside of Baton Rouge.
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BigDaddyFred Premium
You're killin me now! I am in CT but I spent 2 years in Winnsboro. Gumbo, kolashes, chicken spaghetti, beignets, cajun sausage.......

Going back in 16 days to sing at Jesus Fest 2015! Can't wait. Sweetest folks on earth!
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CathyS Premium
Winnsboro? I grew up in Winnfield! Talk about a small, small world! And we sure keep our southern belles sheltered because I thought they had chicken spaghetti and kolashes everywhere! LOL

It's awesome you'll be singing at Jesus Fest! I can't carry a tune, but somebody will probably get out their phone and video you... which, of course, you should share!

Have fun and God Bless!
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BigDaddyFred Premium
Oh would that they had kolashes everywhere! I have made them myself, but the best are at "Lickin Good Donuts" on Main Street!
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danbarth87 Premium
VERY important post. Thanks for sharing!
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