When it comes to creating or maintaining a website, you might not give a lot of thought to how your domain is registered. But in today's age of piracy, email spam and identity theft, it's worth a second thought.
One of the easiest ways to protect yourself and your website domain is with domain privacy protection so that your personal information is not listed in the public WHOIS database.
And it's easy to do. Just check the box when you register a domain (or during renewal) to keep your domain private.
What is WHOIS?
WHOIS is the domain database of all registered internet addresses. So every URL that belongs to someone is listed and all that information is public. (Enter your domain here to see what information is available.)
WHOIS registration adds legitimacy to the web by ensuring that websites are registered to real entities. Network administrators can use this information to troubleshoot problems and contact website owners if there's a question about a domain.
It's all governed by ICANN (the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers), a non-for-profit group with a mission to keep the internet secure and operable. Quite simply, ICANN oversees all of the information that makes a domain and registration unique. The WHOIS database is the ability to find that information.
What is WHOIS Protection?
When you purchase WHOIS protection for your website domain, it essentially hides your personal information. (Just think of all the questions you answered when registering for a domain: name, address, phone number, email address.)
A private registration, or WHOIS protection, shows that your domain is registered privately and that information is not available to anyone who does a search of the database. Protection replaces your personal data with proxy information.
Privacy protection is available for any type of domain, for personal or business use.
Benefits of Private Registration
While private registration isn't the default setting in most cases when you buy a domain, thinking about it should be.
Benefits of private domain registration include:
- Reducing the number of spam and unwanted emails, because your email address isn't publicly available.
- Reducing identity theft or ability of hackers to use your information to get control of your website.
- To keep personal and professional information separated.
- Ability to share only the information you want to be seen, such as a specific email address or phone number.
Private domain registration is an easy and effective way to help keep your information safe on the internet. Find your perfect domain today.