Why WHOIS Privacy is Kind of a Big Deal

Posted on November 20, 2013 by in All About TLDs Blog Hover Product Features Internet Tips

There are plenty of reasons why you wouldn’t want your personal details to be made publicly available online. Many of us carefully manage the security settings on our various online profiles, to ensure our private information is protected. It makes sense that we don’t want every Tom, Dick and Harry to be able to access our personal details.

Part of managing your online identity means being able to control how much of your personal information is being shared online. WHOIS Privacy on your domain allows you to ensure the security of your contact details.

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What is WHOIS Privacy?

Every time you register a domain name, you will be asked to provide up-to-date contact information. This is part of a policy established by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the organization that coordinates the world’s domain system. Your information is then stored in a WHOIS database, which can be easily searched and accessed by anyone with an Internet connection. That means anyone can find your personal information, including spammers, marketers, identity thieves, and high school ex-girlfriends.

A quick WHOIS loopup will provide your personal name and contact details. For example, a search for www.awesomelawncare.com will look something like this:

Creosote, Demetri, hr@awesomelawncare.com
1974 Cowick Street
Arctic Bay, NU X0A 0A0
CA
+1.8675310123

How do I protect my personal information?

Good news. WHOIS Privacy allows you to keep your private information from being published. When you try a WHOIS lookup for a private domain, the search will come back with something like this:

contactprivacy.com, awesomelawncare.com@contactprivacy.com
96 Mowat Ave
Toronto, ON M6K 3M1
CA
+1.4165385457

At Hover, we think you should be able to decide how much of your personal information is shared online, and we’re not going to make you jump through hoops to do it. That’s why we automatically include WHOIS privacy with every domain registered at Hover. With WHOIS for your domain, your private information will remain just that – Private. It’s a great way to reduce spam and protect yourself from unwanted solicitations.

WHOIS Privacy will already be enabled when you register a domain. Changing your WHOIS settings is as simple as pressing a button. The Hover Help Center has a great article on how to activate WHOIS privacy.

You can get WHOIS Privacy for most top-level domains (TLDs). Unfortunately, there are a few TLDs that don’t support private registration, which is entirely regulated by the individual TLD registries.

 

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