So, in the normal course of business the other day, I registered a new domain on behalf of a non-profit I volunteer for. It came “free” as part of a hosting package that I signed them up for. What did not come free was privacy protection. For those that don’t know, privacy protection is the service that blocks the identity and contact information of a person who “owns” a domain registration. (For information on who owns any domain, go to Whois Lookup and give it a shot! Just type in any website URL/domain and see what comes up.) So what happened? Oh my. Because I was being cheap on behalf of the client, I got text spammed (which is illegal, by the way, without explicit opt-in). Then, my gmail spam folder got inundated with ridiculous spam in the 100’s per day. Thankfully, Google’s spam filter is pretty top notch, so it was just a minor annoyance. Anyway, I went in a splurged on adding privacy protection to the domain to stop any further expansion of the abuse of my phone number and email address. The genie is out of the bottle, though, for those that got ahold of my information for that short period of time. So… Tip: Don’t ever register a domain without privacy protection.