Keep Your Contact Details Private
- by Antoniy Yushkevych
- in Web Hosting
Anyone who has previously registered a domain knows that they need to provide certain contact details when doing so. Did you know, however, that these contact details are publicly available through the WHOIS listings? This is why for a small surcharge MonoVM and most other domain registrars offer a domain privacy protection, a.k.a. WHOIS protection.
Now, before getting more into detail on what exactly is domain privacy and why one might want to use it, let’s get real. Is it really needed?
The simple answer is no, your website will run the same whether you have WHOIS protection or not. There is however a number of important benefits that come along with this service. To be more exact, the domain owner will be able to retain their privacy.
What is Domain Privacy Protection?
Every domain has public information tied to it about the owner of the domain. Some very personal data such as the registrant’s address and contact details are stored in the ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) WHOIS directory, which publishes it for the world to see. As you can imagine, these rules are detrimental to registrant’s privacy.
Domain privacy protection is a service that’s available when you purchase a domain name. Here are some reasons why you might want to opt-in for WHOIS protection.
Keep your personal information safe
Your name, company name, address, phone number, email address, etc. are listed within the publicly available WHOIS database. This is the information that most would prefer to keep to themselves, thus making domain privacy services a saving grace. One of the factors that play into the importance of having this service is ICANN mandating registrars to monitor for accuracy the data submitted by registrants. If the submitted information is found to be false, it could even lead to the cancellation of the domain name.
Since this data is available to the general public, there is a good possibility that your contact information will fall into the hands of spam bots as well as junk calls. There is even a possibility of your data getting into the hands of scammers which could use it for purposes of social engineering, thus harming your site or business.
Keep in mind that there are also few TLDs (Top-Level Domains) that automatically have WHOIS protection enabled, such as those that fall under the GDPR region. There are also several TLDs that do not allow for privacy protection at all, such as .us domains.