Preventing spam with domain registrations?
I'm planning to register some new domain names. Years ago I used Network Solutions for one domain name, and the email address I used for registration was promptly flooded with spam. When my email address changed, I just changed the registration to a fake email address. I figured that if anyone legitimate wanted to contact me about the domain name, they could reach me at the (real) telephone number/street address I provided. I've kept my new address virtually spam-free just by being judicious about giving it out and posting it online.
i've received almost no spam on my 'domain registration account', which i use for no other purpose. gandi is my registrar.
Robert Jacobson, I don't know how easy it is to arrange, but you should be able to ask your domain registrar about the possibility of restricting all incoming emails to only those coming from their mail servers (ask them for the mail server ip address, my guess it's pretty static)... Registrars deal with thousands if not millions of registrants so I would not be surprised if this arrangement (or something like it) is already in place. Then from there just configure all incoming SMTP calls to deliver mail to your domain registration email address to receive the IP Guillotine if they don't have the right source ip.
easydns.com has been great for us. They do DNS host as well as registration if you want.
Thanks guys... what I'm most concerned about is spammers harvesting my real email address from the whois data. If it isn't possible to prevent that, I'll just go with a fake or munged email address.
The big registrars now offer registration privacy. The idea is that you pay a third-party a small fee, and they mediate between anyone who needs to communicate with you and you, filtering out spam. It fulfills the legal requirements of whois (which is that it's an accurate method of getting in touch with you) while reducing or eliminating unwanted harrassment. I've seen it going for $10 - $20 per year.
If you use a special e-mail account for the registration as suggested, you should have no real problems. According to the results of this study:
Seun Osewa (afriguru.com)
The primary value of the registry privacy is actually psycos and stalkers rather than spammers - people who have a personal issue with whatever the website is about and look to personally take revenge.
I have had a personal domain registered with Network Solutions for many years. The email address that I originally used as my registration contact address I had also used in a few newsgroup postings (back in the days before spam was a big problem) and I started getting a lot of spam at that address. I changed the email address for registration at Network Solutions 3 or 4 years ago to a unique email address for that purpose, and the only email I have received at that address is legitimate email from Network Solutions.
The only spam I get from having a domain registered (as far as I can tell) isn't to the email address on my domain registration, but to the generic postmaster@, webmaster@, admin@... type addresses.
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