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If your business has a website and ....
- your contact form uses a broken captcha, and
- you prefer not showing an email address on your website, and
- your domain name's whois email address bounces

... then I'd recommend not writing about how to secure Joomla, and letting your site get hacked. 

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I would add your site has a private, hidden domain registration that doesn't show your real address or phone number to that list.
 
At some point, I usually just let it be... Calling someone up is always tricky; with the timezones, finding the right person, then making it clear that you're not some random salesman or spammer, and finally getting them to believe you is very time-consuming. That last part (getting them to believe you) is sometimes particularly hard, even when I send it with my google.com email address. 
 
It is illegal for the WhoIs to bounce, same for phone and address. Can get your domain taken down.
 
+Chris Lang Private registrations let people hide their real info.  This has become an enormous profit center for registrars, who charge extra for this and push them relentlessly.  
 
I prefer to leave mine open, and if you do, the big 3 must be real.
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Nice try John ... I know you're just trying to social engineer yourself into a trip to Hawaii. ;)
 
Way too many of those email addresses bounce, sadly ... and letting them know that their email address bounces, is a bit hard when the email address doesn't work :). 
 
Same for CAN SPAM laws, you must have a valid return address in email lists.

Also, email addresses that bounce get newsletters sent to the spam folder.
 
+John Mueller  I've seen just an unthinkable amount of websites with Googlebot conditional hacks. In some circumstances I contact the site owner especially when it is a site for children or a charity. As you say it can be tough to convey what the problem is and that you yourself are not a spammer.

It made me wonder how these sites can be informed of the issue in a way that they can trust. Webmaster tools obviously tries to help out with Malware alerts but I'm guessing the majority of website owners out there don't use or check GWT. However Google Analytics is associated with a vast number of websites. Do think Google would ever consider pushing high priority alerts like this through the GA dashboard?
 
I encourage my clients not to use the privacy protect that the registrar offers. Especially those who would want to run a business. Business is what it is and the business website should be no different that those you would find out in the real world.
 
Privacy protect can easily be revoked with a legal notice to the registrar - especially for copyright infringement claims, they just roll over in my experience.
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