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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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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