When you buy and register a domain or extend an old one’s registration you have to provide personal details. This information is listed in WHOIS and available publicly. WHOIS is like a telephone listing but lists domain owners instead of telephone numbers. This is mandatory and all domain registration details should be submitted.
If you wanted to get in touch with certain domain owners, this can be a very useful tool. But it can also be abused since anyone can have access to your information and can lead to a lot of problems.
As we previously discussed when you register you provide the following:
These data except credit card information will be stored and be readily available in the WHOIS database for all those who wish to access. Unfortunately, there are no safeguards in place to protect your personal details from being abused and defrauded.
Domain Privacy is simply like having your letters delivered in post office box instead of straight to your address. When you register a domain, your name and contact details are made public in the WHOIS database. By using domain privacy, queries are not directly forwarded to your contact details but to the domain privacy service first and then sent to you.
It allows you to secure your personal information from prying eyes. Let us give an example. You bought and register the domain www.writer.com. If you use an iPage domain privacy service, if some tries to contact you what they would see in WHOIS is the iPage contact details. What they would see is iPage’s name and contact details instead of yours. Any communications will then be forwarded from iPage to you.
If you do not want people to know that you own a domain or just trying to avoid trouble from having an easily accessible public profile, having domain privacy will suit you well. Having domain privacy can protect you from the following:
Protection from spammers– bots are commonly used by spammers to infest databases and harvest email addresses which is then sold, most often to unscrupulous marketers. The next thing you know you email address is flooded with spam.
Hackers and Identity thieves– most hacks are performed on unsuspecting and vulnerable targets. Having your personal information available online easily marks you as an easy target for thieves and fraudsters.
Domain Association– you may not want to be associated from a certain domain (i.e. an adult site, you’re a reseller, etc.). Domain privacy can blocks your information from being shared to the public.
Privacy– domain privacy acts as a shield to protect your personal details.
iPage’s domain privacy supports .com, .net, .biz, info, .tv, .cc and. name domains. The service will cost you about $9.99/year or a mere $0.75 a month. This is definitely much lower than other domain privacy vendors that charges anywhere from $2.88 to $10 a month. If you have an existing iPage hosting package you can simply just have it as an add-on service.
While having your contact details published and available in WHOIS is a great way to strengthen your web presence and build networks it also make you susceptible to threats. Although it is compulsory and all details should be submitted, you can still choose if your details can be made public. Having domain privacy will let you have peace of mind while at the same time allowing your domain to remain visible to those interested to get it.