Do you need Domain Privacy Protection?

When you buy a domain name, you can opt to purchase multiple add-on features along with your domain name. Some features are useful to all while others might only be applicable to some group of users. Many times when we know service is an add-on we think it may not be worth it – it's safe, of course, to be vigilant about needless up-selling, but it's also a good idea to justify the need for a product that's readily accessible and can add value to you.

An add-on which is Domain Whois Privacy Protection for domain names (on TLDs that support private registration). We'll see in this post as follows.

  1. What is Domain Privacy Protection?
  2. Do you need Privacy Protection for your domain?

What is Domain Privacy Protection?

All domain names have a WHOIS listing, where it goes into a database of all the registered domains and all the registrant information such as the domain address and contact information. This WHOIS information is available over the Internet to all. Without Domain Privacy Protection, the public has access to all of your data. As such Domain Privacy Protection is a service that hides all of your public contact information on WHOIS listing.

Privacy Protection is a service that is available when you purchase your domain name. Activating or disabling this is up to you the customer. You can obtain it as long as your domain name is valid when you pass or update your domain name or at some other point in time. In fact, if you do buy an SSL certificate for your domain, you may or may not need to temporarily disable your WHOIS privacy depending on your hosting company, though it was previously mandatory to do so.

Do you need Privacy Protection for your domain?

Domain Privacy Protection has benefits regardless of whether you are a Reseller or a Customer. Here are several arguments for opting for Domain Privacy:

  1. Safeguard your information
    When registering your domain name, ICANN will ask the Registrar to enter your contact information. WHOIS is a service that manages all data concerning domain registration. Your (registrant) domain name's WHOIS lists all your personal information such as your domain name, business name, address, phone number, email address, etc. as contact details for your domain name. If someone does a WHOIS search then all your personal information is open to them. For all gTLDs and some ccTLDs this is real, as most ccTLDs obey their country-specific policies. One of the key reasons WHOIS lists all of the details is that ICANN believes in allowing internet users the opportunity to verify a website's legitimacy and to determine who owns it, considering the open-source or chaotic nature of the internet. ICANN also requires the registrars to track the quality of data submitted by registrants. If the information given by a registrant is inaccurate or misleading, it can cause the domain name to be canceled. However, this does not prohibit you from using private security services on your domain name. Using Domain Privacy Protection, you can secure the personal data you send when registering your domain name.
  2. Stop unwanted contact
    You could be a target of spam as well as other junk calls or emails if this data gets into the wrong hands. When allowing Domain Privacy Protection, your data will be shielded from unauthorized solicitors and hijackers of domains. Not only this but scammers may use your business information for social hacking to take over your company. Thus, Domain Privacy Protection also helps you keep your domain and website secure.

Conclusion

While turning on Domain Privacy Protection is not necessary, it is worth allowing because it provides protection and keeps unwanted spammers and hackers at bay.

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