How does WHOIS Privacy Actually Work?

Whenever you buy a domain name, your information is entered into the WHOIS database. And if you don’t use WHOIS Privacy, anyone who wants to see your contact information can perform a WHOIS lookup to get instant access to your name, email address, mailing address and telephone number. To keep your personal information away from prying eyes, you need to choose a domain provider that offers WHOIS privacy protection.

In this guide, we’ll tell you how WHOIS privacy works, why you need it, and how you can get it. Let’s get started!

How does WHOIS Privacy work?

WHOIS Privacy cloaks your private information on the WHOIS database, so that if someone tries to find your contact information, they won’t be able to see it. If they genuinely want to get in touch with you, they’ll have to do it through your WHOIS Privacy provider or use the contact details you’ve chosen to make public on your website. This helps you filter out unwanted messages while still allowing you to make meaningful contacts.

Why do you need WHOIS Privacy?

1. WHOIS Privacy protects you from spammers.

Spamming isn’t necessarily harmful, but it sure is annoying. Sometimes, your inbox can get so flooded with spam that it drowns out the emails you actually want to read. It’s even worse when the spammers get hold of your phone number. Notification after notification will have you stuffing your phone under your pillow just to get some peace from the constant buzzing.

WHOIS Privacy can spare you the terror of spam marketing.

2. WHOIS Privacy protects you from identity theft.

Registering a domain name always feels a little weird because the kinds of contact details you’re asked to leave with your registrar are exactly the details you’d usually keep hidden from the internet. If someone with bad intentions ever got hold of this information, they could make your life miserable.

WHOIS Privacy protects your contact information so it can’t fall into the hands of identity thieves.

3. WHOIS Privacy helps prevent domain hijacking.

Domain hijacking is what it’s called when someone steals your domain by transferring it away from you without your knowledge or consent. Many domain registrars lock transfers once they’re in place, but there’s still a very slight chance for a determined hijacker to transfer your domain.

To protect all the hard work you’ve put into building your domain, get WHOIS Privacy.

4. WHOIS Privacy keeps your address private.

Not to alarm you, but unless you use WHOIS Privacy, your mailing address is publicly available on the WHOIS database. For most people, this is the same as our home address. The last thing you want is for someone to get your address from the internet and show up at your house. If that person has evil intent, this is downright scary, but even if the person just wants to talk to you, it’s still a bit creepy. WHOIS Privacy protects the sanctity of your home online.

5. WHOIS Privacy gives you…privacy.

It’s easy to get caught up in the safety function of WHOIS Privacy. After all, it protects you from spammers, hackers, and hijackers. But there’s one obvious function of WHOIS Privacy that’s frequently overlooked: It helps give you privacy on the internet.

When you leave your contact details visible in the WHOIS database, everything you say on your website is instantly tied to you. WHOIS Privacy is pretty much the only way to create some separation between you and your website.

And hiding your personal details has other benefits as well. If you don’t want people in your personal life to know about your website, WHOIS Privacy helps you protect your secret identity. This way, people will know about your website only if you tell them.

How to get WHOIS Privacy

We offer WHOIS Privacy to our clients at an insanely cheap rate. We deliberately made the price as low as we could, so that we could offer you quality service while making sure that all our clients have access to WHOIS Privacy – whatever your budget.

To get WHOIS Privacy, just register your domain, then contact one of our client support agents and ask for WHOIS Privacy. Once you do that, we’ll apply it to your account. It’s that simple!

Wrapping up

WHOIS Privacy helps protect your personal contact details on the WHOIS database. To get it, all you have to do is ask one of our client support agents (who are available 24/7), and your contact details will be hidden from prying eyes.

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