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Privacy is more important than ever these days, especially when doing business on the Internet. Once your information is out, it can be copied and distributed to all types of individuals for all kinds of uses. While most individuals and businesses have learned to keep their information private in most areas on the Internet, this need is often overlooked when registering domain names. Did you know that without the right protection when you register a domain name, your mailing address, email address, and phone number become instantly available to everyone in the world at anytime?
Whenever you register a domain name, you are required to submit accurate contact information for this WHO IS directory that lists all owners of domain names around the world. If you try to get around it by submitting false information, you may end up getting your website suspended. Posting your personal or business information for all to see online when registering a web domain name highly increases the possibility of your identity being stolen. Sales people and data miners will harvest your information and plague you with calls, emails, and mail. Even worse, this lack of privacy increases your exposure to lawsuits, making it easier for attorneys entertaining frivolous lawsuits to "pierce the corporate veil" and come after you personally. It even makes it easier for your spouse to tap more of your income and assets in a divorce!
So what can you do about this situation? Fortunately, leading Internet domain name registration consulting firms now offer private domain name registration. Much like a registered agent when you file a new company, private registration or proxies are used by masking your details and making them private by publishing your agent's details instead. These are legitimate contact details for a legitimate company but act as a privacy cushion to prevent your information from being made public and being at risk of misuse. This service is normally very inexpensive, but it will pay off in thousands saved and avoiding hours of wasted time. Don’t register a domain name without private registration!
An Internet domain name is your piece of "real estate" on the World Wide Web. Similar to the offline world, the most important aspect of buying a domain name is its "location." A good URL is a must if you want to make sales and establish your brand. It should be catchy, easy to remember, and relevant to your industry.