final Thanks so much for the recommendation and your perspective on this. Njalla sounds like a good option (the only option?) to run a non-tor website if LE is part of someone's threat model.
boarim On one hand I'm interested in mapping the spectrum of threat models with respect to domain registration for the benefit of the GOS community.
More personally, I am concerned about revealing my home address to third party data brokers and online bullies / harassers / doxers. I'm fine with paying a registrar with a credit card and giving my billing address to a reputable org. But I am not comfortable with the idea of my home address becoming searchable to the entire planet via a WHOIS lookup.
Does anyone have experience with providing a non home address to a registrar? Would a PO box work? Is there some other service that one could pay to substitute your address for theirs and then they forward you the mail or something?
After a bit more searching, I can see that choosing a "thick" vs "thin" top level domain has an impact on how much info goes into the WHOIS database:
A thin registry only includes technical data sufficient to identify the sponsoring registrar, status of the registration, and creation and expiration dates for each registration in its WHOIS data store. .COM and .NET are examples of thin registries. Thick registries maintain the registrant’s contact information and designated administrative and technical contact information, in addition to the sponsoring registrar and registration status information supplied by a thin registry. .INFO and .BIZ are examples of thick registries.
csis01 Thanks for the rec!
About connecting the domain to servers, that is a question of how to host the site, right? I see that many of these domain name registrars also bundle website hosting services and the associated server infrastructure.
For a low-volume personal or small business website worried about third party data brokers / harassment / bullying / doxing, does anyone have recommendations for reputable hosting services?
Thanks again all