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Forum Owner - How to Secure Personal Privacy?

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by oldweb, Jul 6, 2016.

  1. oldweb

    oldweb Regular Member

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    I have an old forum since 5 years and it has never been promoted but I have just added some content here and there and slowly it built up some content and some members but not many yet. I'm going to really start to promote it hard soon and there will be many controversial discussions going on with a lot of expected activity. I played around with some small promotions and already it looks very promising to take it to the next level.

    The issue I have is that I don't currently have whois guard etc on it so anyone can look up my name and basic details. I will have to use my real name for the domain name as it is a local .tld and I had to use my business tax number to register it.

    What I would like to know is what would be some ideas I could consider to protect me from any possible legal issues or crazy posters who might want to confront me for been banned or make social media, Web2 or blog posts and slander me? If I get whois now anyone can still look up previous whois history anyway. I do have a postal mailing address it is registered under and not my home address at least.

    I know some similar forum owners of the large forums here have seen legal cases thrown at them (which were thrown out anyway) and some issues with annoyed members making blog posts attacking them and they come up in google searches. This is the sort of thing that concerns me but I will still proceed with my forum anyway as it's an important project for me but I would like to hear from anyone with knowledge or experience in this sort of thing that could give me some tips and ideas. I have upgraded my terms than the standard PhpBB one with some extra things about what members write and put a "Legal" global thread up.

    What else could I do especially regarding my own privacy, whois and whois history?
     
  2. subnetweb

    subnetweb BANNED BANNED

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    welcome to the club. Oldweb I will not give you the path because you will learn on hard way anyway.Such information cost a lot and every Forum owner is facing them even here owners of BHW.I would just recommend all to be covered trough some network or company as small and very BIG advice.
     
  3. oldweb

    oldweb Regular Member

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    one thing I was thinking about doing was to change the whois to any name like John Doe or whatever then a week later put privacy on it and then change it back to my real name. This way in the future if anyone does a whois search on it they will see the last owner as john doe as any names after that will be hidden with the privacy protection.

    would this work?
     
  4. RuthSam

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    Well, you could simply establish a company for your local tld and that's it. Or you use a .com (international domain) that does not require your name to be there. Otherwise you will have to live with it that your name sooner or later get public owned.
     
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