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#215544 1-Jul-2017 20:19
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Looking at buying my first website. I value privacy, not that I have anything to hide, I just don't want my personal street address out there on the world wide web - there are some crazy people out there. 


Tempted to put in false address? bad idea? If I use the whois guard can I trust my details won't be out there? I read somewhere it takes a couple of weeks before details are hidden? 


Cannot justify the cost of a po box. 

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  #1810292 1-Jul-2017 23:23
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Work address?  I still have domains with addresses that are from 15 years ago that never got round to changing, never had an issue, the reality though is you would be in breach, so they could de-register the domain.  I think this is unlikely to happen, but given I dont know what site you are starting up....


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  #1810295 2-Jul-2017 00:26
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NZ domain?

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  #1810352 2-Jul-2017 09:28
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I went through this just recently and asked @nate the same question. He came up with a few useful suggestions none of which I used (PO Box number or lawyers/accountants address) 😊

I ended up paying a little extra for the privacy service the host offered and am quite happy with how it's working. Doing a whois on my allocated IP brings up details for Domains By Proxy LLC.

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  #1821464 12-Jul-2017 19:07
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From the other side, I wanted to purchase a service from a .nz website earlier this week.

I wasn't impressed by their coding or website presentation skills so before I entrusted them with my money, I checked their Contact page - no physical address given (Upper Hutt region) - okay, last shot, who are you? I did a quick Whois query & got Domainprivacy as the guardian of the domain owner's details. At this point I had to accept that the website operators did not want to share their details with me.

& I returned the favor by not sharing my money with them.

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Ultimate Geek

  #1821618 13-Jul-2017 08:40
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I guess without knowing what the purpose of your website will be, it's a difficult question to answer.




I for example would be reluctant to purchase goods and services from any entity that hide their contact details to me - I'd be thinking what do you have to hide, is it a scam, what redress do I have if it goes wrong if I cannot find the provider of said goods and services...




That being said - if it's a blog or something like that, then fill your boots and go for it.

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