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 generally get more info about you when your details are published directly.
So how do I protect my privacy?
Enter domain privacy services. Essentially you engage a third party to act a filter for your details. Instead of your details showing on the WHOIS database the third party details are shown. Any emails are still forwarded to you but your direct contact details are never shown. This service is also sometimes called a domain proxy, whois privacy and private domain registration.
Are there any problems with domain privacy protection?
Generally no - however be aware that since most domain privacy services are offered with domain registration it may be a little more complicated to transfer your domain from one registrar to another.
There may also be an issue with a company wanting to buy your domain not being able to get in touch with you as easily but by following the steps below this will not be a problem.
How do I choose a domain privacy service?
There are a number of steps to take when choosing a domain privacy service.
How do I add domain privacy protection for my domains?
The process will depend on your registrar but you will find instructions online which will generally require you to update your WHOIS details with new ones provided.
If you are looking for a company that is registrar independent, solely focused on domain privacy and offers great deals on private domain services be sure to check out .
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 someone else acts on your behalf and represents your interests. In a business transaction the proxy can do the entire deal without the other person knowing exactly who the actual owners or shareholders are. It is here that domain proxy borrows the concept.
Domain - Noun :
1.) A territory over which rule or control is exercised.
2.) In Computer Science A group of networked computers that share a common communications address.
Proxy - Noun :
1.) The authority to represent someone else, esp. in voting.
2.) A person authorized to act on behalf of another.
From there the concept was easy, and many registrars launched proxy services for their clients. The problem in this system is that registrars are by law required to report all data back to the central domain authorities. This by definition causes a conflict of interest for them as they need to play both sides of the domain proxy game.
That's where our domain proxy service is different! With our service, people can still get in touch with you but your direct contact details are never shown. We are not a registrar and as such we are not bound by central authority rules. We are only bound by our offer to our customers to keep their data private. Plus, we offer great deals and don't need our clients to change everything to use our service.
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 information off these lists, so that registering a domain doesn't become an open invitation to receive spam.
offers a unique WHOIS Privacy service in that it is focused only on providing this service. While registrars offer the service as a gimmick or an add-on to their domain sales, we are focused purely on protecting your domain privacy.
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 - 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 of a sudden there can be some VERY SERIOUS repercussion for publishing opinion online with personal information available for all to see. If domain details are public it's very easy to track down the publisher.
Shifts in cultural opinions - Here consider a store selling items which upon a shift in culture are considered inappropriate or taboo. Again, the individual not using Domain Privacy Services could be subject to ridicule, fines or worse.
Fraudsters looking for personal information - fraud occurs when personal data is obtained with malicious intent. The "old way" of doing this was to trawl through rubbish. With the advent of social networks it's easy to get a persons name, birthdate, age, a photo, and many more details. Leaving a domain without domain privacy just gives away even more information making you a more likely target for this kind of abuse.
offers a unique Domain Privacy service focused solely only on protecting your data. While registrars offer this service as a gimmick or an add-on to their domain sales, we are focused entirely on protecting your privacy and won't give up details at a basic request.