I’ve purchased multiple domain names over the years and never once worried about my personal information. Then I started receiving these letters from a company trying to get me to transfer my domains to their services. Luckily, I never did because it turned out to be a scam. This forced me to look into how they got my information in the first place. Learning about domain privacy protection was the game changer.
All of our information is collected and stored in a database when you purchase a domain. I feel that this is something everyone doing business online should know about. In this post, I am sharing what you should know when it comes to protecting your privacy online.
What is Domain Privacy Protection?
Domain Privacy Protection allows you to hide your personal information from being displayed in the WHOIS Directory. The additional service you will purchase may be called “WHOIS Protection” or something similar but they do the same thing.
You still have to use your real information but it will be replaced with the domain registrar info. A domain registrar is the place you purchase your domain from. This extra feature can be paid for when you first get your domain or later on.
What is WHOIS?
WHOIS is a database of every single domain name purchased. It stores the information of the person or company who purchased the domain. This will include your name and/or business name, mailing address, phone number, email, and more. Anyone can access this information by just going to the website and searching the domain name.
Why is this allowed? I’m not sure, to be honest, especially in this era of identity theft. However, there is a way to protect yourself.
I took a screenshot (shown above) what the information you will see after a search for the domain name “Facebook.com” in the WHOIS Database. It shows the contact information for the owner which is Facebook, Inc. There’s more information such as when the domain was first purchased, the expiration date or when its up for renewal.
Imagine what will show up if we search your domain name(s). Yes, all of your personal information will show up. This can be fixed by purchasing the privacy feature.
Is it worth purchasing?
Privacy protection can cost up to $15 for one year. However, my favorite site to purchase domains from now offers this feature for free for life. Namecheap (aff link) offer privacy protection for free when you purchased a new domain name. If you have already purchase your domain name and want to transfer, you can get free privacy protection too.
Don’t you just love companies that provides so much value to the services they offer. I highly recommend that you protect your privacy when doing anything online. It’s better to be safe than sorry. And when it comes to purchasing your domain names, privacy protection is definitely worth it.
If you are receiving these notices in the mail, please disregard them. Then make sure your add-on this protection feature for all of the domain you have in your name. This investment is worth it.