What is domain privacy?
Every domain name - like a business has contact details associated to that name. These details include your name, email, phone number and a physical address. These details are available to everyone through the internet via what is called a WHOIS domain search. You can try this now from somewhere like http://network-tools.com/ and putting your domain name in while selecting WHOIS from their menu. Your details will show up - these details can be used by anyone online to get in touch with you.
Why should I care?
Unfortunately the details can also be used by spammers, scammers, hackers, stalkers or people who have a different opinion to the content on your site. In the past these records have even been used by unethical domain registration companies attempting to extract money out of you, scammers offering riches and spammers offering all sorts of pills, medications and other offers. On top of this it is easier for a domain to be stolen and for a scammer to g... See more
When originally designed, the Internet worked as a series of interconnected IP addresses. To get to a website you had to know what IP address to type in or you would not be able to navigate to that site. As the Internet grew people soon realized that a bunch of unknown numbers were not a good idea. From there domains were born - readable by people they made navigating the Internet a lot easier.
Unfortunately with the ease of use, along came disclosure of data for ownership and a much easier way of identifying who owned a certain website. While this initially this proved useful in terms of an ability to share ideas and contact owners; it soon created a way for marketers to pick-up email address for spam and fraudsters to gain information on their next victims. It was here that the idea of a domain proxy was born.
The original concept for a domain proxy came from business and legal structures. Essentially in the business world you can nominate a proxy for you. This means that someon... See more
When you register a Domain name it requires the collection of personal contact information including :
> Physical Address
> phone number
> technical contacts
> and administrative contacts
The original thinking around this was so that people could
1.) easily get in touch with eachother; and
2.) easily resole any disputes that may have occurred
This data is still readily available via what is known as a WHOIS search.
As the internet progressed this data begain being misused. The data is poorly protected, with registrars introducing weak measures to stop farming of data. As a way of hiding this data WHOIS Privacy services were launched. Essentially a way of hiding this information to protect privacy while abiding by the required regulations.
The service is mostly used as a way to fight spam and avoid unsolicited communications. Many spammers scan the WHOIS database and use it to feed their mailing lists. Protecting WHOIS information keeps personal i... See more
A topic that has unfortunately been forgotten about in recent years is Domain Privacy. In the early years of the Internet people were concerned about having their private details online for anyone to see. However with the advent of social networks such as Facebook and Google+ most people have lost their sense of privacy and are happy to share
At a most basic level, leaving your domain information public exposes you to spam and perhaps criticism for your published views. While this probably won't worry most people it's the more complex issues that should be of concern. These issues include :
Political opinion under a changing government
Shifts in cultural opinions
Fraudsters looking for personal information
Political opinion under a changing government - Consider a personal blog which expresses an opinion in favor or against the current government. Imagine this same blog in Egypt, Iraq, Afghanistan or currently in Syria. All... See more