WHOIS

What is a Domain WHOIS Report?

Did you know that when you register a domain, your name, address, email address, and phone number are immediately made available to anyone who wants to see it? That’s right. Your personal information is exposed 24 hours a day, everyday, to anyone, anywhere.

You have the power to change this. With a private (“unlisted”) registration through our registration service, registering a domain name doesn’t mean sacrificing your privacy.

When you register a domain with any registrar, they are required, by ICANN Accreditation Standards, to make your personal information available to the public. This is in place to give your website visitors a way to file complaints, concerns and legal matters with the owner of the domain.

However, unfortunately, other people use this information for other, untoward purposes – such as marketing, spam and other purposes. It can be accessed by anyone who knows how to do it.

How do you check your WHOIS information?

You can go to any whois server like http://whois.godaddy.com and type in the name of any domain and it will return the domain owners information. That information can, and does, include the domain owners name, address, phone number, email address and any other information required by the registrar.

NOTE: Supplying false identification information to the registrar can result in the loss of your domain. You are legally required to provide accurate identification information to the registrar when purchasing and registering a domain name.
Why add privacy protection to your domain?

Paying the additional cost to add privacy protection to your domain disables people from obtaining your personal information. If you order the privacy protection feature – our registrar services will mask your personal information from prying eyes. It is just one more step of protecting your privacy on the internet.

There is only one way that anyone is able to obtain your registration information from the registrar. Because the registrar is legally required to provide the information to any person or entity requesting it for legal matters, the registrar is required to give the domain information to anyone who actively files a dispute with ICANN and the registrar – but that is the ONLY circumstance under which the registrar will provide the information. Without privacy protection – anyone, anywhere can obtain your information.
Keep it private for your own peace of mind!

What’s the difference? See for yourself:

Public WHOIS Registration Private WHOIS Registration

Registrant:

   John Smith
   1234 Elm Street
   Hometown, AZ 85000
   Registered through:  
SecureServers.com

   Domain Name:
ProxiedDomain.com
   Created on: 15-Oct-02
   Expires on: 15-Oct-03
   Last Updated on: 17-Oct-02
Administrative
Contact:

   John Smith
   john@ProxiedDomain.com
   1234 Elm Street
   Hometown, AZ 85000
   (480) 555-5555
Technical
Contact:

   John Smith
   john@ProxiedDomain.com
   1234 Elm Street
   Hometown, AZ 85000
   (480) 555-5555

 

Registrant:
   Domains By Proxy, Inc.
   15111 N. Hayden Road Suite 160/PMB
353
   Scottsdale, AZ 85260
   Registered through:

SecureServers.com
  
Domain Name:
ProxiedDomain.com
   Created on: 15-Oct-02
   Expires on: 15-Oct-03
   Last Updated on: 17-Oct-02
Administrative
Contact:

   Domains By Proxy, Inc. 
  

ProxiedDomain@Proxy.com

   15111 N. Hayden Road Suite 160/PMB
353
   Scottsdale, AZ 85260
   (480) 624-2599
Technical
Contact:

   Domains By Proxy, Inc. 
  

ProxiedDomain@Proxy.com

   15111 N. Hayden Road Suite 160/PMB
353
   Scottsdale, AZ 85260
   (480) 624-2599

 


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