hi Fred and everyone: just read this thread and find it interesting. i had a similar situation where i was putting client-in-process stuff on an extra domain I have (my, ahem development domain). there was nothing on the home page so i thought i could plop stuff in and it would remain private. ah, no. my half done pages ended up being indexed by google. i ended up thinking it was people using the google toolbar. i know there was an issue with that, remember reading about privacy concerns a way back, and don't remember the details. anyway, thought i'd mention it since no one else has. just found http://www.toolbartips.com/2006/02/google-toolbar-version-4-beta/ <quote>Privacy Privacy OptionsAs always, you should be concerned about your privacy when using a browser toolbar as information about your browsing activity may be sent to the developer of the toolbar. When you first launch this toolbar, you are presented with a privacy screen. Be sure to read this, and if you enable “PageRank” checking, you should know that all the pages you view will be sent to Google. See the Google Toolbar Privacy Page for additional information.</quote> best donna > I made a demo site called somesite.com/fred/ > > There no link anywhere in the world to that page--in fact that only > people who ever saw it are me and my client. But he wants me now to > remove it because he says the search engines will find it and list it. > I am not opposed to removing it, but I think he's wrong. I see no way > for any search engine ever to find it. Am I wrong? > > Perhaps since he and I use gmail, Google is reading our email and > thereby finds it? > > Thanks.