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    When your domain names expire and someone else picks up the domain name your personal emails are also picked up.

    This could be an important bit if info for some people especially depending on how important your personal emails are.

    The best way to save yourself from this hassle is to not use catch all email addresses with your domain.

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    Heyder great point...However, whether you use a catch-all or not, whoever takes over the domain will have that option. There was a domain name that I purchased from a friend and he had about 300 users using the everyone.net e-mail service. Those accounts no longer had active users, but they were still getting mail. When I took over the domain, I was getting mail for all of those users. His site had been taken offline for sometime before I purchased it so there was really no personal mail (there could have been), but a lot of newsletters etc. When I took the domain over, I effectively took over the mail settings so it would have made no difference how he had it set up. In our case, we bounced all mail that wasn't addressed to a POP box to keep from getting all that mail...

    Tom Pyles

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    do you mean a "catch all" address such as webmaster@domain.com? ... I can't imagine getting too "personal" with that email [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img] ...

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    A catchall could be any address your choose. What happens anything@yourdomain.com will come in and it is sorted into the proper mailbox..if there is no mailbox, it goes into a default account. This way, anybody could send any word you could think of @yourdomain.com and you would still get it. This is great if people have a habit of mispelling your name...the mail still comes your way..

    Tom Pyles

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    Something else to consider when letting a
    domain name lapse ...

    I let one of my domain names lapse and guess
    who bought it? A PORN Site! I wouldn't
    have known but someone found an Old ad with
    one of my other email addresses on it and
    told me when them followed the old domain
    link they ended up on a PORN site.

    And you know -- I wouldn't think the domain
    name would be something a PORN site would want. Anyway, this means I won't let Any
    More domains lapse.

    Now I have to wear a hat and sunglasses while working!

    Anne :eek:

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    I bought Poozleanimus as an expired name and I get tons of spam (spam for *everyone* in the old business) plus stuff from former employee's banks(!!), personal mails and basically all the correspondence that they used to get.

    Needless to say, it all gets deleted but I realised then how easy it would be to abuse.. for example, if you bank with CyberBank.com (I just made that up) you'll probably get the occassional email from them. Go and visit the site, login using the email address and then click the "forgot password" button and hey presto, the password is emailed to you. Not difficult - I'm not saying it should be done, just how easy it is.

    Banking is the worst-case example, but they could potentially get access to a load of things you're registered on, and possibly paid for.

    Guard your domains well!

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    Dynamoo...absolutely correct...and many people may not realize that it can be done if they lapse a domain.

    gettnthar...I think it is because they think you have traffic. There was a recent story here in Annapolis about a local organization that has things like orchestras, plays, and other programs. They changed their url quite some time ago, but people were still using it to access the site. When the old domain lapsed, they saw no need to renew it since they thought people were using the new one...When the old name expired, a porn company got it. Then time comes for an excellent and popular orchestra to play, so people looking for information on the show end up at a porn site because they had always used the old domain name....

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    Spam farmers spoof usernames on existing domains as well. Their sniffing scripts search for domains with catchall *@whateverdomain.com and throw in some gererics and blast off spamms from their opt-in offerings. They send ou 1 million opti-ns and then followup with 20 million spamms.

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    As far as a domain name not "being something a porn site would want"
    This is a type of cybersquatting. It's not REALLY a porn company. They buy up expired domains that may be desireable (i.e.: in use but somebody forgot to renew the registration) and put up material that would be objectionable to the general public. The original owner comes to them on their hands and knees and is willing to pay an unreasonable price to recover the name.
    This happened to several police departments in my area recently. Cute.

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    <BLOCKQUOTE class="ip-ubbcode-quote"><font size="-1">quote:</font><HR>Banking is the worst-case example, but they could potentially get access to a load of things you're registered on, and possibly paid for.
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    You should NEVER use a @yourdomainname.com address for sensitive things like banking! That and several other things should only be your direct email. Not only are you leaving yourself open for expired domains, but most Control Panels are not very secure and someone could easily hack in and redirect your mail to themselves. :eek:

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    I guess we all live and learn the hard way.

    In retrospect I Should have renewed the
    domain name. I could have used it for
    something ...

    I've only received the one email regarding
    the old domain thank goodness. Yet, you
    know, when I did receive it, I immediately
    looked up the domain info and considered
    writing to the "new owners" Then thought
    more about it and said to myself ... Oh
    Well, stupid me!

    And, I also ran through my mind ALL the places I used the email address for that
    domain -- I couldn't think of Any that
    would be important, since I do use my
    main ISP's email address for most stuff
    (I Hope!)

    I just had another dormant domain name come up for renewal -- haven't done a thing
    with it for 2 years, yet I renewed it for
    another year. Someday I'll get to it ...

    Anne

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    Anne,
    Domain names are so inexpensive these days, it is better to renew...I have several names that I don't currently use, but 'one of these days' I may do something with them...LOL

    Tom Pyles

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    When I was going through my receipts to get ready for doing taxes, I found a receipt for a domain I not only hadn't done anything with, I'd totally forgotten about it. It was a name I thought would be good for a newsletter or something.

    My name is Elisabeth and I am a domain name addict ...

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    The only problem I would have with using my isp provided e-mail is that I move a lot (military) and often change isp's (actually, I haven't checked my isp e-mail accounts for a few years now). I use my first domain for all of my "important" things. Plus, it makes it easier for me to remember addresses I've given to people as each company I deal with gets it's own e-mail address, ie. company@domain.com. This helps identify which companies sell their e-mail address lists as well, which then leads to a search for a replacement. If I ever let this domain expire and someone does snatch it up (very unlikely) I will be in real trouble, but that's a bridge I'll have to cross when I get to it.

    This is something I've never thought about before, but it does seem it could cause very real problems for any domains that could be snatched up for whatever reason. Luckily (I guess) in this case I don't use my first domain for anything but e-mail and misc. stuff like storing graphics I might use in a forum, so no one would grab it up thinking they could utilize the existing traffic (as there is none). This reminds me that now would be a good time to add a few more years to the registration of my first domain [img]/infopop/emoticons/icon_wink.gif[/img].

    Brian

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    Interesting thought. I have always been pleased with myself for renewing my important domains at least 5 months before they are due. I think I'll add a couple of years to my main ones right now.

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