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Whitehill Business Services Ltd >> news >> latest news >> Discover what the rest of the world can see about you: Does your private address stay private online?

Discover what the rest of the world can see about you: Does your private address stay private online?

Posted by admin on February 12, 2016

Find out what the world can see about you with our quick and easy guide - which includes direct links to check the databases everyone else can see.

vintage-1149558__180.jpgWhen you're a small business owner starting up, you probably don't think too hard about what address to give to official bodies such as HMRC, Companies House and so on.  After all, the only address you have is yours, right?  Not necessarily.  Forming a limited company does not mean that your personal address must become public. Business service providers (such as us) will often offer the use of their own address for a fee.

Try the various web searches using the information below to check what others can see about you and your private address.

Companies House

Companies House hold a number of addresses - some are publicly available, others aren't.  Below we've listed what can and can't be seen; to check what's publicly available, click here and enter the company name you want to check.  At the moment this is free and you'll be able to see the name and address of the company officers and the registered address free of charge.

Click Here to Check Companies House entries

Here's a list of what Companies House show and request.

student-849825__180.jpgThe registered office – on the Public Register

  • The official address for a company is easily accessible via the Companies House webcheck service.
  • The company does not need to trade from this address. The director just needs to be contactable via mail from this address (official mail should be forwarded from this address to the director).
  • Any UK address can be used as a registered office as long as the address owner has given permission (PO Boxes are only allowed if the company is actually based at the PO Box address).

The director service address – on the Public Register

  • The official address for the company director can be located using the Companies House webcheck service (a charge may be required to locate this information).
  • Once again, the director need not be based at this address. The director just needs to be contactable via mail from this address.
  • Any address can be used as the service address as long as the address owner has given permission.

The director residential address - not on the Public Register

  • The residential address can only be accessed by the Government, police and some credit referencing companies.
  • This must be the residential address of the director.

The secretary (optional appointment) address - on the Public Register

  • The official address for the company secretary can be located using the Companies House webcheck service (a charge may be required to locate this information).
  • The Secretary need not be based at this address. The secretary just needs to be contactable via mail from this address.
  • Any address can be used as long as the address owner has given permission.

The shareholder address – on the Public Register

  • The address for the company shareholder(s) can be located using the Companies House webcheck service (a charge may be required to locate this information).
  • Any address can be used as long as the addres owner has given permission.

ICANN and Nominet

google-485611__180.jpg.pngWhen you register a web site domain, chances are you're entering your address as part of the registration process.  It could be you've paid more to get a private registered address for your domain - which is identical to the mailbox service people like Whitehill provide, but limited to your domains - or you may have entered your private address.

All the details you entered are publicly available. 

  • For domains ending in .com, .org, .net etc you can see what details are publicly available at ICANN - just click here and enter your domain. 
  • For domains ending in .org.uk, .co.uk and .uk, you can see what details are publicly available at Nominet - just click here and enter your domain.

Click here to check entries for a .com, .net, .org or similar web domain name

Click here to check entries for a .co.uk web domain name

 

What can I do about it?

security-265130__180.jpgThe quickest and most effective way to keep your private address private is to take out a registered address service such as the one we offer.  For a small monthly charge we'll notify Companies House of a change of registered address, and we can also change your ICANN or Nominet entries.  It really is that simple to keep your private address private.  Contact us to find out more.