.com domain and publication of registrant details

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Hi all,

I'm about to buy a .com domain but have noticed that I won't be able to opt out of my postal address being published. I don't have a problem publishing my name, but I don't like the idea of anyone accessing details about where I live!

Is there any way around this?

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  • Profile picture of the author Mohsin Rasool
    Hi Jodie,

    Register domain at Namecheap.com
    they give one year free WHOIS guard..
    onward it is about $2 a year,,
    and nobody access your information!!!

    Perfect solution in your case.

    Regards,
    Mohsin
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  • Profile picture of the author ErikNilsson
    Namecheap is the best for privacy....
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  • Profile picture of the author anja98
    How about entering fake details? Will there be any problem?
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    • Profile picture of the author jodiesmitham
      Originally Posted by anja98 View Post

      How about entering fake details? Will there be any problem?
      That's what I'm wondering. I guess they would need a legitimate address to contact you for renewals etc.
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    • Profile picture of the author davezan
      Originally Posted by anja98 View Post

      How about entering fake details? Will there be any problem?
      Originally Posted by jodiesmitham View Post

      That's what I'm wondering.
      Putting fake details in your domain name is a ground for getting that shut down
      if it's ever found out. That's in your registrar's contract.

      Originally Posted by TestiVar View Post

      BTW, Namecheap won't show up in any category because they are just a reseller of Enom.
      Actually, NameCheap is also an ICANN-accredited registrar who happens to still
      use eNom's reseller solution for their technical purposes. NameCheap has more
      on their own forum about that, although I agree it's better to have one's domain
      with the actual "technical" registrar anyway.
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  • Profile picture of the author TestiVar
    Don't register at Namecheap. It is used almost exclusively by scammers and spammers. Everything about your business will be tainted by that one dumb decision that will make future potential partners, employees, other web-sites, search engines and everyone else treat you like the spammers and scammers you are hanging out with by registering at their #1 registrar.

    The registrar is NOT asking you for where you live. They are asking for your business address. There is no need to publish where you live at all. It is necessary to publish a business address.

    Don't use whois privacy to deal with this. Once again, that is what spammers and scammers do. Go look at the top 1,000 sites on the Internet. Do you see any whois privacy? Go look at any reputable business on the Internet. Any whois privacy? Now go look at the seediest sites you can find. Go look at the WSOs that give income claims or are for blog spamming or forum spamming or stealing Google coupons. Look at their whois information. You will see whois privacy enabled.

    Do what reputable businesses do and you will be treated like one. Do what spammers and scammers do and you will be treated like one of those too.
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    • Profile picture of the author jodiesmitham
      Originally Posted by TestiVar View Post

      Don't register at Namecheap. It is used almost exclusively by scammers and spammers. Everything about your business will be tainted by that one dumb decision that will make future potential partners, employees, other web-sites, search engines and everyone else treat you like the spammers and scammers you are hanging out with by registering at their #1 registrar.

      The registrar is NOT asking you for where you live. They are asking for your business address. There is no need to publish where you live at all. It is necessary to publish a business address.

      Don't use whois privacy to deal with this. Once again, that is what spammers and scammers do. Go look at the top 1,000 sites on the Internet. Do you see any whois privacy? Go look at any reputable business on the Internet. Any whois privacy? Now go look at the seediest sites you can find. Go look at the WSOs that give income claims or are for blog spamming or forum spamming or stealing Google coupons. Look at their whois information. You will see whois privacy enabled.

      Do what reputable businesses do and you will be treated like one. Do what spammers and scammers do and you will be treated like one of those too.
      Thanks for the info. I don't have a business address as I am a stay at home mom.
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      • Profile picture of the author kafai
        yeah.. namecheap.com give us who is protection / domain privacy with cheap price
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      • Profile picture of the author TestiVar
        Originally Posted by jodiesmitham View Post

        Thanks for the info. I don't have a business address as I am a stay at home mom.
        Sorry about the misunderstanding. You asked in the "make money online" forum, so I assumed you planned on creating a business site.

        Many online business owners work from home, but all businesses have a business address. If you are a corporation or LLC, then your registered agent can provide you with your business address. It is what you or your CPA put on the forms to register the business or it was provided by the registered agent themselves.

        If you are a sole proprietor, then you just use whatever business address you use for everything else business related. In the U.S., that is often a UPS store since you need to ship things from time to time. Outside the U.S., it is often a Mail Boxes Etc. store or an affiliate. In Latin America, it is often called Aerocassillas or Airbox Express or something similar. They provide your business address.

        If you are just a stay at home mom who is creating a web-site for some non-business use, then you can safely use domain privacy. Only your friends and family will ever see your site and they know you aren't a scammer or spammer.

        Business use should definitely use a business address though and avoid registrars and practices that are used by spammers and scammers. Reputation is everything in online business.
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        • Profile picture of the author Alexa Smith
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          Hi Jodie,

          What this depends on, for many people, is whether your business model is going to involve building a list and using an autoresponder, at some point. If it is, then you're going to need a mailing address to be on each email sent out, anyway. If (like many people) you don't want that to be your home address, you can use something like Mailboxes Etc. or a POBox number or other "accommodation address".

          The point is that if you're going to need that anyway, you can also use the same one for registering domain-names.

          If you don't, you can just register the domain with "privacy protection" (some registrars - like Namecheap, which thousands of successful Warriors have been using and recommending ever since I've been here, and to which I'm now so very pleased finally to have switched, myself - give you the first year free; others charge about $3 extra for it). But don't even dream of supplying false information when you register a domain. That's all downside and if it ever comes to light that you've done that, you can and probably will lose the domain.
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    • Profile picture of the author Mohsin Rasool
      Originally Posted by TestiVar View Post

      Don't register at Namecheap. It is used almost exclusively by scammers and spammers. Everything about your business will be tainted by that one dumb decision that will make future potential partners, employees, other web-sites, search engines and everyone else treat you like the spammers and scammers you are hanging out with by registering at their #1 registrar.

      The registrar is NOT asking you for where you live. They are asking for your business address. There is no need to publish where you live at all. It is necessary to publish a business address.

      Don't use whois privacy to deal with this. Once again, that is what spammers and scammers do. Go look at the top 1,000 sites on the Internet. Do you see any whois privacy? Go look at any reputable business on the Internet. Any whois privacy? Now go look at the seediest sites you can find. Go look at the WSOs that give income claims or are for blog spamming or forum spamming or stealing Google coupons. Look at their whois information. You will see whois privacy enabled.

      Do what reputable businesses do and you will be treated like one. Do what spammers and scammers do and you will be treated like one of those too.
      What are you saying sir?
      Namecheap is used by Spammers And Scammers only!!!
      Any research released lately by some resource?

      It will be useful if you share that with us too..

      Thanks,
      Mohsin
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  • Profile picture of the author robie
    What about Godaddy ? is it good ? Or the same as Namecheap ?
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    • Profile picture of the author erichammer
      Originally Posted by robie View Post

      What about Godaddy ? is it good ? Or the same as Namecheap ?
      I've been with GoDaddy for many years and never had trouble with them at all. I do know that many people have reported horror stories about them and suggested Namecheap as the logical alternative, but like I said, I had bad experiences at Namecheap too so I'm sticking to GoDaddy for now and may eventually switch to one of the marquis places like Moniker, though I'm not sure yet....

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    • Profile picture of the author TestiVar
      Originally Posted by robie View Post

      What about Godaddy ? is it good ? Or the same as Namecheap ?
      Find ten scammy sites. Do a whois. Now you know who scammers use.

      Open ten spam emails from your spam folder and do a whois on the domain mentioned in the link being spammed. Now you know who spammers use.

      Do a whois on ten reputable business sites. Now you know what reputable business sites use.

      There aren't that many registrars. You really will find the answers with only ten or so whois searches. It doesn't take thousands to see the truth.

      The most expensive domain registrar is only $35 per year. The expense will never even show up as a tenth of a percent in your accounting books. Never make the decision based on cost. Domain registration costs are trivial. Make the decision based on what kind of reputation you want and what kind of results you want.

      I'll let you find out where GoDaddy falls in the above categories.

      BTW, Namecheap won't show up in any category because they are just a reseller of Enom. If you see Enom in your quicky research, it may or may not be Namecheap. GoDaddy is a registrar though. You WILL see them in two of the above categories in abundance. You guess which two.
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  • Profile picture of the author erichammer
    Personally, I had very bad experiences with Namecheap and will never use them again. I tried to tell folks here the details and was banned after I tried rewording it, so I won't publish any details at all.

    Now, that having been said, regarding business address, just use a mailbox store of some kind for your business address. That's what I use. I also have a Google Voice phone number for my business number.

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  • Profile picture of the author Randall Magwood
    Sign up for Yahoo Webhosting and they will give you the opportunity for private domain registration for only $0.99 a month. (that's right, 99 cents).
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