Whois Privacy Protect offers a premium service to domain name registrants to protect their personal information from being displayed in the public Whois database. The Whois database is a public directory of contact information for each individual or organization that has registered a domain name. The presence of a Whois database is required by ICANN, the governing body of Internet regulations, for each domain registrar to store accurate contact information for all domain names under management.
Domain Name registrants purchase this service to protect their privacy online and is mostly used as a countermeasure to fight spam and unsolicited advertisements. Many spammers scan the Whois database and use it to feed their mailing lists. Protecting Whois information keeps their personal information off of these lists, so that registering a domain doesn't become an open invitation to receive spam.
The Whois Privacy Protect service is in compliance with all ICANN policies regarding the proper storage and display of information in the Whois database. ICANN requires every registrar or organization that offers domain name registration services to have contact information for each domain registered on its platform. Whois Privacy Protect stores the contact information in a private database for each Whois record.
- Reason 1: Protect Your Identity
- Reason 2: Block Spam
- Reason 3: Avoid Unwanted Offers