Important Internet Info For Your Privacy

I’ve received a LOT of emails asking just what the heck I was doing in Panama. Great question.

I was teaching the basics of Internet Independence and how to make money online at the Sovereign Man Conference, held by my friend & business partner, Simon Black from

The main focus on the conference was on helping attendees “plant multiple flags” to take care of their financial assets. But that’s way beyond the scope of this email.

However, I did an interview with Simon on an important topic that you’ve probably never, EVER thought of…

“Your website and email privacy and protection”

I decided to interview Simon about this topic after I heard about authorities shutting down people’s websites literally overnight, without warning or explanation.

You never know what might happen.

I wanted to get to the bottom of this, and the only I person I knew who would have the answers was Simon.

In this free call, Simon shows you how to protect your business from “those” who have the power to shut it down.

Serious stuff, and I know you’ll get a lot out of it…particularly if you still have your home address included on every email you send out to your subscribers (you know who you are and you better remove that ASAP!).

You can listen here:

=> Online Website and Email Privacy Audio and Report

Now I’ll admit, I’m new to some of this as well, and I’m working on the changes that Simon suggested in our call.

So I had to ask Simon for recommendations on off-shore web hosting and domain registration, and here’s what he gave me:

1) in Estonia

2) in Switzerland

3) is in Norway

4) is in Toronto (easy switch for Americans)

5) in Panama

6) in Estonia

These will make more sense after you listen to our call here:

=> Simon Black Website Privacy Audio & Report

Let me know if you have any other sources.

Stay safe,

Craig Ballantyne

“There are two ways to sleep well at night – be ignorant or be prepared.” – Simon Black

  • intind

    Ha, ironic, as I discuss offshore hosting accounts, my onshore American webhosting goes down for 2 hours this morning!

    During that time, reader Ernie P. wrote in to tell us about this site, which lists plenty of hosting options around the world, but just to be clear, we aren’t recommending any companies in particular…

    “If you will go to: I think you will find about all the web site hosts there are for the entire planet for the most part.”


  • Mish


    Awesome call. I thoroughly enjoyed it. I am in the process of just starting up something of my own so this is quite timely.

    I can also highly recommend Simon Black and his writings. He has some valuable things to share. Would loved to have been in Panama for his conference but I was following him on twitter.

    Keep up the good work.

  • Anonymous Reader

    Hi Craig,

    First let me say thank you for your daily newsletter. I look forward to reading it every morning. You are a talented individual, and you are going places.

    I listened to the interview with Simon, and I had a follow up question about internet browsers.

    Google Chrome has been my web browser of choice for some time, however after listening to your call, I began to think if my internet browser has any privacy gaps. Is Google Chrome the ideal browser for privacy? Any recommendations?

    In the mean time, your website was accessed by my Google Chrome browser. Lol. 🙂

    Thank you Craig for your time & and keep the newsletters coming,

    Anonymous Reader

  • Craig,

    Just asked my brother in law about this as he is owns a US based hosting company for his input. I figured I’d share his response here just in case anyone is interested.

    “The basic premise here is that if you set up your hosting account in a foreign country, the U.S. Dept of Homeland Security can not shut your site down without notice.

    While some countries may be immune to this, any country the U.S. has an ongoing law-enforcement relationship with can shut down it’s websites at the behest of our Feds. Most other countries, including Canada, have signed onto one variation or another of a Net Neutrality law. Which is a law purported to be for the benefit of citizens, but in reality, it gives governments greater control to censor the internet in addition to giving executive branches a “kill switch” designed to shut down the Web in case of a national emergency.”

    So if we’re going to get out of country hosting, we need to be very careful where.

  • Further to my previous comment:

    If your business is making thousands of dollars a month selling digital products, what I would do is set up a 3rd party DNS account for your domains, then set up a 2nd mirrored hosting account in another country, then configure the DNS to use the 2nd account as a fallback in case something happens to the main site… The 3rd party DNS provider must also have their system dispersed across multiple countries for this to work, but that’s not uncommon for such companies.

    It’s a technique called DNS failover or “round robin” by some old school techies.

  • anonymous2

    Hello there Anonymous…

    Google Chome is NOT the ideal browser for privacy (they send info back to the mothership)

    here’s a browser that I use that’s more private that Google Chrome

    Since Chrome is open source….I use Chromium (which is exactly the same thing, but not Google’s version… sourced.

    you can get it at

    been using it for a while….all the plugins work the same and is frequently updated.

    Hope this helps!

    • Anonymous

      Cool, appreciate the info.

  • James

    I’ve heard that it’s wise to purchase a domain name through one company while purchasing web hosting with another. (i.e. Don’t have your domain name and web hosting through the same company). That said, I’m wondering if it would be possible — or necessary — to purchase a domain name in one country and web hosting in another.

    At a minimum, it would at least be nice to learn of a separate domain name company and a web hosting company that were located in the same country. (For example: Is there a separate domain name company that I could integrate with Toronto’s Cirus Hosting web hosting service?)

    (The last time I started a web site, I purchased my domain name through NameCheap and my hosting through HostGator — but I think both of these companies are U.S. based… not exactly the country I want my web business to be based in!!)

    If anyone has any information as to how I could make this happen outside of the U.S., it would be much appreciated. (Especially if you’re able to throw some company names at me!)

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  • James

    I don’t think it makes all that much difference where you register the domain name. This is because all domain name registrars are agents for the same organization, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) who maintain a PUBLIC register. In other words, where the registrar is based doesn’t make too much difference. Also if someone contests your use of a domain name (e.g. on trademark grounds), you are liable to lose it, regardless of what country you registered it in.

    Note though that the rules for .com are different than other TLDs, so if you don’t have to have a .com you can go shopping for a different domain that may offer more protection.

    Something that hasn’t been mentioned here in the comments (I have not listened to the audio) is making your domain private. Instead of a public domain you might chose a private domain where a company registers the domain on your behalf and keeps your details private.

    I think the location of the private registrar is VERY important.

    One of the largest is GoDaddy’s privacy provider, and every report I have heard indicates that they instantly comply with all US authorities, offering no real sovereign protection. You still might use them for general privacy and to reduce the annoying SPAM and phishing you get as a website owner, but not for sovereign risk.

    A more secure option would be a private registration in a company with no strong legal ties to the US. There’s several in Eastern Europe and I think the French aren’t too likely to roll over for Uncle Sam these days.

    If you are happy with the risk of a public registration then I don’t see that it makes that much difference where you register since all are susceptible in the same way and subject to the same rules. But host it abroad obviously.