http://live.pirillo.com/ – Clint asks “Is it a good investment to block personal info from a whois lookup to see that I own the site. We tell our kids how dangerous it is to put personal info out there; does it apply to adults? My name, phone number and home address is out there for the world to see. What is safe to put out there? I just dont know what content to include, and what to omit.”
When I registered my first domain, there were no privacy or anonymity options available. Thankfully, back then I had enough of a privacy layer to protect myself. Having that layer is crucial.
For a business address (especially when you work from home), you should invest in a PO Box, or some type of mail pickup location. It doesn’t cost that much, and provides one layer of security between yourself and the outside world.
For a phone number, I recomend using a disposable number. By disposable, I mean one that is not tied to your home phone. I personally have my 888-pirillo number that I use through Vonage. It’s not tied to any physical phone, and when I want to open it up to take actual live calls, I can. This is another layer of that privacy.
By ‘whois lookup’, Clint is referring to someone finding out who or what a particular domain name is registered to. When you buy a domain name, you would need to enter the whois information. Using an email account set up for only this purpose, and having that separate address and phone number are both ways to protect yourself. Domain registration sites now offer extra protection by allowing you to keep most of your information private. It may cost a little more, but is certainly worth the extra expense.
Always keep yourself safe. You have to be careful when sharing any kind of information. Take the extra time and steps necessary to ensure your information and life are kept as private as you would like them to be.
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