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Apr 13 2006

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Backup Everything

Yes, this posting is in both the Life and Computer categories.

It’s just a reminder that you should backup EVERYTHING!

Your computer files, your insurance policies (which I have to do), AND the contact information on your internet domain registrations.

Specifically, make sure the contact information on your domain registrations has a valid email address that will work even if your normal email address isn’t working.

Case in point: I have a friend who’s internet domain has expired … and I’ve been trying to contact him about it because he has a lot of mail queuing up on my server. Unforunately, I don’t know if he’s actually receiving the mail because I can’t send to the email address he normally uses, and the email address on his domain registration seems kind of old.

[tags]email, domains, backup[/tags]

3 comments

  1. Ken Sims

    I use a PO Box myself for my domain registrations (and much of the rest of my snail mail). I’ve never receive a telephone call relating to my domain registration, which may be related to the fact that the number is on the National Do-Not-Call list.

    But all of that is beside the point. The point is, if you’re trying to contact your friend about his expired domain and you suspect that the email address is no longer valid, you should be able to send a snail mail to him at the domain registration mailing address, or call him at the domain registration telephone number. Even if it goes to a POB or voicemail, he should receive it.

    If he’s let the domain registration expire, and all of the contact information is no longer valid, well, I’d say let Dave Null handle the mail buildup.

  2. david

    True … but I prefer to NOT specify my home phone or home address … I have a PO box and voice-mail specifically for my domain registrations.

    It may seem paranoid, but I do prefer my privacy.

    And I know for a fact that there are a number of companines (many of them considered reputable) that scan the whois data to send junkmail.

  3. Ken Sims

    The domain registration, in addition to a valid email address, should have a valid phone number and a valid mailing address that you can use for contacting the registrant.

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