Domain Privacy

WhoIs data and domain privacy: Do you need it?

Every domain name has a publicly accessible record that includes the owner’s personal information such as owner name, contact number, mailing address, and domain registration as well as expiry date. It’s called a WhoIs record and lists the registrant and contacts for the domain. As required by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the domain owners must make these contact information available on WHOIS directories. These records are available anytime to anyone who does a simple WhoIs lookup. In other words, if someone wants to know who owns a Web site, all they to do is run a quick WHOIS search, type the domain name and voila, they have access to the Web site registration details.

So, why is this a big deal? Your domain record may also be used in ways that aren’t legitimate or desirable. Since anyone can look up a WhoIs record, spammers, hackers, identity thieves and stalkers may access your personal information! Unethical companies check domain expiration dates then send official looking “renewal” notices in an attempt to get the domain owners to transfer domains to their company, or send invoices that are service solicitations for search engine submissions and other questionable services. Both email and snail mail spammers use the WhoIs databases to contact domain owners with solicitations as well.


Can a hosting company affect your domain configuration?

Although web hosting and domain names are two different entities; they are highly related to each other. When selecting a web host, domain feature is one of the factors you should look into.

For example if you are planning to add sub domains, a convenient setup point for your sub domains in your control panel is critical. Setting up a sub domain should be easy, instant, and within a few clicks. Yes, I know this sounds so common but this is crucial and shouldn’t be ignored. I would to suggest you that before any purchase read review very carefully of that product and then take your final decision.

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