This is really a short post, if you are going to hide your identity on the web, remember Google Cache.
For example if you were going to run an extortion service let’s say which at best a stupid idea and at worse criminal then putting the address of your legitimate company would be stupid. However being a smart fellow you might choose to then change it to a holding address for your mail. Unfortunately Google Cache saves the original address and well your pretty much screwed at that point and look just a little silly.
Let’s take an example, who could we pick on…
Lovely site, offering to sell you a verified SEO status at just $199 a month, no wait $99 they must be having a sale. Now let’s compare two versions of their footers the current one, and this one from Google Cache
The current footer2885 Sanford Ave SW #13150 • Grandville, MI
The old one from cache1514 Southport Ste. A • Austin, TX
look they moved…
I wonder who else is at the old address well according to Merchant Circle a Mr Charles Preston, wonder if he has a site… oh look so he does!
Charles Preston SEO
What a nice chap, apparently according to his site…
His record of success speaks for itself. In the early nineties he taught himself computer programming and website development. Using only books and a burning desire to change his fortune, he became a certified and sought after adept at several website and database development programming technologies.
He invented time travel as well, this man talents show no bounds! It is of cause quite possible Charles Preston has been a very unlucky chap who just happened to work in the same office as the person trying to hide their real details, and if he is well think of the links, oh wait you didn’t get one, doh!
- Don’t upset someone enough to make them come look for you
- Don’t use your business address for your nefarious deeds
- Don’t think because you have whois-guard on mean people won’t find you
- don’t rip people off!
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