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Use PO Box for whois ?

Discussion in 'Domain Names & Parking' started by SquirlyNutz, Sep 21, 2011.

  1. SquirlyNutz

    SquirlyNutz Power Member

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    Does anyone here use PO BOX for their whois info?

    I have a lot of domains and just thought,instead of paying a lot of money on private registration,wouldn't it be cheaper just to set up a PO BOX and use this info?

    Sadly,most of my domains are on blowdaddy, and i just don't want to get screwed over, for making this change. Is it allowed ?
     
  2. IGotta

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    I always use a PO box for domains, hosting as well. I have multiple domains with different names, same PO box on whois. I never really have any problems unless they say I can't use one. I always put the PO box number in the 2nd address line, and the street address in the first address line. Not sure if it matters.
     
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    the_demon Jr. Executive VIP

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    I personally just use 1and1.com free privacy included. Much cheaper than godaddy... Though for diversity sake I buy from many registrars, sometimes you have to bite the price bullet for the sake of running large anonymous site networks.
     
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    1and1 sucks on so many levels I don't know where to start. Other than just saying no, don't use them - for anything.

    You can certainly use a PO Box, mail drop, or something similar for your whois info. As long as you have a valid email address and phone number in case there is a whois complaint, inquiry about the name, or something similar, you're fine. About the only things you'll get via snail mail are scams and spams from competing registrars and domainers trying to sell you similar names, legal threats if you're screwing around with trademarks, and junk mail from your current registrars.
     
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    That's the truth! They're horrible. Don't see how they have lasted all these years.

    RM
     
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    I used to use "this domain is for sale" as a first line of address and nobody had any problem with that :D
     
  7. blahson

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    PO box is a great idea. 1&1 only issue is if someone sends you mail they charge you $ to forward it.
     
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    dgfalk Power Member

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    I use namecheap because they offer free whois, but even when registering those domain I use a fake name and the address of my old apartment building that has been demolished and turned into a parking lot.
     
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    I've never had any legit mail come to my whois addresses, I've had a few spammy shits though. You can basically put any address you like in there, it doesn't matter. In fact, if you're doing dodgy shit you may as well put in completely fake info that you scrape from the white pages (with whois protection over the top if you are really paranoid). I've never really heard first hand of anyone getting nailed for having fake whois info.

    internet.bs also has free whois privacy.
     
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    It should be fine, after all only spam comes to to my whois address when it's not hidden
     
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    Actually, while it's uncommon, some people have been schmucked for invalid whois info. I'm not saying you should or should not dummy up your contact info such as name and street address, that's up to you, but...IMHO there's two reasons to have an email address and phone # you can at least access the messages in (unless you have privacy, in which case you're good to go). First is if you receive a legit legal threat or invalid whois complaint, you will be aware of it and able to deal with it. Second is if someone is interested in buying your name, renting adspace, or similar, they're gonna use either email or phone to initiate contact.