Although I’ve never really been one for celebrity news, this weekend it was hard to avoid the story that Angelina Jolie has given birth to twins. Named Knox Leon and Vivienne Marcheline, the pair were born on Saturday evening.

Jolie and partner Brad Pitt clearly aren’t fools when it comes to protecting the online identities of their children. As reported by Domain Name News, the couple have registered a number of domain names related to the names of their children, including knoxleonjoliepitt.com and viviennemarchelinejoliepitt.com.

As well-known celebrities, it makes sense for them to pre-empt the domain name squatters by snapping up domains they think might be targeted. It’s certainly easier than having to go through a domain name dispute resolution process or take legal action, as Jeffrey Archer, Tom Cruise and Wayne Rooney have all done.

However, this problem isn’t exclusive to celebrities. If you’ve started a business, or run a website which attracts significant traffic, it might well be worth registering a few extra domain names to protect your identity too.

Here, you can get some practical advice on how to decide which domain names to register.

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