Jan. 5th, 2017

thewayne: (Cyranose)
When I started hosting my own web sites, some years ago, I registered a domain name that I have long since let lapse. But that's still the domain name that I use when I log in to administer my sites. Doesn't bother me a bit. When you host domains, you might have privacy concerns. For example, the law requires that you maintain correct contact information for your sites. I can Bob's Web Site and see who hosts it.

Usually.

If you don't lock down an additional layer of privacy protection, you'll see the full name, address, phone, and email contact information for the domain owner. And some people or companies might care less about that. Bully for them. Personally I don't want that information spread around, so I pay a bit extra through my domain registration service, which is not the same as my web host, to provide me with some privacy. So if you query my WayneWestPhotography.com domain, it'll say that my email address is waynewestphotography.com@RespectMyPrivacy.COM because I pay RespectMyPrivacy.com a small amount of money to intercept this and give me a little bit more privacy.

This morning I received an email from my web hosting provider that implied that one of my sites was exposing information. So I started digging, and realized that it was for that original core domain, the one that expired over 15 years ago. All of my other domains were properly locked down through my domain registrar, Nearly Free Speech.net.

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