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Web Stalkers
Chapter 1 -
The Illusion of Anonymity


Some programs have been around since the early days of the Internet explosion, WHOIS qualifies in this category.  WHOIS can be extremely helpful for finding information about a domain.  WHOIS can be accessed using a web page such as the one operated by Network Solutions at  This reports information provided at the time the domain was registered.  It is in the domain owner’s interest to keep that information current since this is how an owner is contacted when the domain registration is set to expire.  Failure to renew the domain could result the registration of the domain by a person other than the original owner.  This action is known as pagejacking and is described in a later chapter.

Usenet Searches

The Usenet is another type of network used for gathering and disseminating information.  The main function of a Usenet is to facilitate discussion between people of like interests.  Groups within the Usenet network are broken down into newsgroups, which are named and categorized by subject.  Messages can be posted to these newsgroups by members of the group and everyone currently subscribing to that particular newsgroup will receive the post.  This means that two or two hundred people can have a conversation and share news and tips about a topic they all enjoy.

The messages that are part of the Usenet can usually be searched for a very long time after being posted.  This can be very useful if seeking information about an old computer system.  It is important to be aware that any information provided to a newsgroup on the Usenet will likely be around for longer than one would expect.

The above text is an excerpt from:

Web Stalkers
Protect yourself from Internet Criminals & Psychopaths
ISBN 0-97-45993-9-5

by Donald K. Burleson, Stephen Andert

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