What is a domain privacy protection?

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Did you know the contact details attached to your web hosting domain are publicly available thanks to the WHOIS listings? This is why Gen X Web Hosting and other web hosting providers offer domain privacy for a small surcharge. Now, you might ask yourself, do we really need it? In this blog we will discuss some important reasons why Domain Privacy Protection is important.

Domain Privacy Protection:

Before discussing the importance of domain privacy, It is good to first know about what we’re talking about. Domain privacy or WHOIS protection hides the domain registrant’s personal information from the public WHOIS database.

WHOIS is an organization that manages all data regarding domain registration. All registrant details are considered public information, in addition to the NameServers and other simple details regarding domain registrations (e.g. registration, renewal, and expiry dates).

If someone knows a registered domain name, they can enter it into any WHOIS search tool on the web to retrieve this public information. With privacy protection in place, all of this information becomes masked.

Let me show you an example of a WHOIS response when privacy protection isn’t purchased:

Domain name: example.com

REGISTRANT CONTACT:

Name: XYZ

Street: 2/12 abc Road, Texas, US City: ABCD

State: ABCDE

Postal Code: 110046

Country: US

Phone: 1234567890

Email: abc@example.com

ADMINISTRATIVE CONTACT:

Name: XYZ

Street: 2/12 abc Road, Texas, US City: ABCD

State: ABCDE

Postal Code: 110046

Country: US

Phone: 1234567890

Email: abc@example.com

TECHNICAL CONTACT:

Name: XYZ

Street: 2/12 abc Road, Texas, US City: ABCD

State: ABCDE

Postal Code: 110046

Country: US

Phone: 1234567890

Email: abc@example.com

Now here is an example of domain that have privacy protection enabled:

REGISTRANT CONTACT:

Name: DomainsByPrivacy.com ,LLC

Street: 14748 Northsight Blvd. 11, PMD 39 Benson, AZ

State: Privacy

Postal Code: 85602

Country: RSA

Phone: +1.6426599

Email: privacy@privacyprotected.in

ADMINISTRATIVE CONTACT:

Name: DomainsByPrivacy.com ,LLC

Street: 14748 Northsight Blvd. 11, PMD 39 Benson, AZ

State: Privacy

Postal Code: 85602

Country: RSA

Phone: +1.6426599

Email: privacy@privacyprotected.in

TECHNICAL CONTACT:

Name: DomainsByPrivacy.com ,LLC

Street: 14748 Northsight Blvd. 11, PMD 39 Benson, AZ

State: Privacy

Postal Code: 85602

Country: RSA

Phone: +1.6426599

Email: privacy@privacyprotected.in

Importance of Privacy Protection for a Domain:

Almost everyone has the ability to access the internet, meaning that almost anyone could potentially have access to your mailing address, phone number, and email address. If a website includes debatable or hotly-contested topics, it can be an especially safe move to make personal contact details difficult to obtain to help avoid undesired contact from strangers.

Importance of Privacy Protection

Here are four reasons you should considering paying for private domain registration:

Protecting Personal Data:

There is enough data contained in a WHOIS domain record for a skilled or tenacious thief to start causing problems, and enable them to dig deeper into your personal data for the purpose of identity theft. Using domain protection covers your tracks with the info of your proxy service. We protect our details/data when it comes to banking, phone numbers, and even the information we share on social media. The same precaution should be taken with domain registration information.

Stop Unwanted Solicitations:

Listing personal contact information for your domain is an open invitation from telemarketers, sales people, spammers, and con artists. There are countless services that scrape WHOIS data for contact information and specifically from recently registered websites. This leads to scams, scammers who may contact you when your domain is nearing expiration, with “renewal services” that actually do nothing to renew the domain, or that transfer it without your knowledge. Be aware and always contact your current registrar before responding to such solicitations.

Protecting Email Address:

When you use private domain registration, your registrar typically creates an alias or unique email address that is used in place of your own within the WHOIS database. This email address does not remain constant and will be updated fairly often. This is done to keep away unsolicited email from spammers.

Prevent Domain Hijacking:

Domain hijacking used to be a much larger issue. Thanks to domain transfers being locked by default by most registrars after acquisition, it’s not as easy as it used to be. With this lock set, no one is able to transfer your domain away from you unless they somehow manage to get access to your domain registrar account and email. While privacy protection is enabled, the domain transfer authorization email will be sent to the dummy email address listed rather than the registrant’s email address, making the transfer fail if not authorized.

In summary, Domain Privacy isn’t mandatory but the little bit of extra cost can save your time and trouble down the road.

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