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My latest moan and groan!

A few days ago I had cause to register a new Internet domain name for a project I’m working on.

On this occasion it was a “.net” domain.

Unfortunately for some reason I wasn’t given the option of taking the “Identity protection” option at the time of purchase, and I’ve not previously had too much in the way of issues by not taking it, so didn’t really think much of it.

This time however, proved to be different.

The WHOIS records for the domain concerned contained full name, address, and telephone number contact details.

Within hours of registration I was starting to receive spam e-mails like this one:

Anyone with a degree of knowledge will know that search engine registration is free, and threats like this one that if you don’t (implied: purchase their service) your website will not be indexed by search engines is misleading at best, and outright deception at worst.

What was slightly more sinister this time was the fact that so far this morning I have received no less than five unsolicited phonecalls from foreign sounding ladies & gentlemen, and in one case a silent call directly to my mobile.  The calls I actually answered all wanted to talk to me about website development, or search engine registration.

This takes publicly available personal contact details, and exploits it in an entirely new way.  They MUST get enough takers to make this worth doing, but it alarms me to think that people would fall for this.

I’ve subsequently enabled ID protection on the domains I can, and have requests outstanding to complete on others.

I am using a fairly advanced spam filter on e-mails, which is “learning” about these new unsolicited e-mails every time they come in, and I use Truecaller on my mobile, and Sky Talk Shield on the home phone number.

I wonder how many more will bug me?



Right!  If this is visible from it means that the Domain Transfer has completed successfully!  HURRAH!

I used to use for my hosting services, but maintaining several websites each with their own hosting account, having to pay the {expletive deleted} incessant data transfer topup fees started to exceed £500 per year all told, although some websites drew more traffic than others, it was clearly time for me to take drastic action.

Instead I’ve signed up for a Platinum hosting package with EUKHOST, which allows me to create as many websites as I like within my account, all hosted within a 10Gb space allocation and a 100Gb per month data transfer allowance.  Methinks that unless Easily sort themselves out they’ll loose most of their more savvy customers soon!

So I can now basically create as many websites as I like for little or no cost;  in most cases if I want a new domain for the purpose it’s £6 for two years, and I can bind that to the existing account with no problem.   Now if only I could come up with some content that people really liked and wanted to read…..

Oh and for all the Russian people trying to sell me their grannies, or link to their less than legitimate websites by commenting here, I have only one thing to say…. AKISMET!