WHOIS privacy applies to international domains (.biz, .bz, .cc, .co, .com, .info, .me, .mobi, .net, .org, .tel, .tv, .ws). When registering a domain, the international umbrella organization ICANN requires personal information from the registrant, including full name, address, telephone number and e-mail address. After registering the domain, the registrant’s data is visible to the public through WHOIS searches. Among others, this information is available to marketers and spammers. We don’t always want to share our data with everyone, do we? Sometimes you do not want to associate your webpage with your name to protect your work or privacy.
NB! The service is activated within 24-48 hours, thus sometimes the data may end up in some scanner’s database.
If you choose to order the WHOIS privacy service, the following information about the domain owner will be displayed:
- Registrant Contact Information:
- Name: Contact Privacy Inc. Customer 0133461035
- Organization: Contact Privacy Inc. Customer 0133461035
- City: Toronto
- State: ON
- Zip: M6K 3M1
- Country: CA
- Phone: +1.4165385457
- Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Three reasons why WHOIS privacy is important:
1. Protecting your identity and privacy
WHOIS privacy helps to prevent your name from being associated with a website or domain name, if you don’t want it to. In today’s world, there is an opportunity to maintain the anonymity, a gold-worthy resource. Therefore, if you do not want to publish with your name, phone number, email address and regular address, WHOIS Privacy is for you.
2. Avoiding unwanted offers
Publicly available contact information is often used to make various sales offers in addition to regular spam – fake alerts for domain extensions (attempts to hijack domains), offers to register a domain similar to an existing domain (sometimes with the threat of registering it). In Finland, offers were also sent home to customers by regular mail.
3. Spam prevention
International domain WHOIS data is a source from where spammers can get working e-mail addresses, where they can send spam to. Especially now, when a working contact e-mail is required to register an international domain.
You can check for yourself, what kind of information we publish about ourselves on the internet.