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Tech Support Pits column from Dear Webby's Humor Letter of
03/06/05: Privacy and domain registrations
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Is it true that registering a domain causes a lot of spam
unless you pay a lot of extra money for those rip-off
proxy or private registrations?
That depends entirely on where you register your domain,
Proxy and private registrations are indeed a rip-off, and
cause a lot of unnecessary rigmarole. I don't advise them.
We have been registering domains for our clients for ten
years and we know the tricks. If you want privacy and
eliminate all the spam associated with being listed as a
domain owner, we make you a special address for just that.
Then you set up a filter in MailWasher or your mail program
to filter all mail, that comes to that address, straight to
If you ever do need access to that address, for example
to acknowledge an application for some changes, then you
simply disable that filter for half a day.
For the billing address of your domain we always use our
billing address and pay for your annual renewal on your
behalf. It then just shows up as a line item on your next,
regular invoice. And we deal with the spam that is trying
to get to your name registration billing address.
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