Whois is a protocol used to know who is the owner of a domain name, an IP address and its details and information. This means that when a domain name is registered, your personal information is associated with the domain name including name, address, phone number and email address and this data is available to the public.
It is no secret that many people who register a domain name do not want their personal information to be public. But, this is not as simple as it sounds. The ICANN requires for all domains to contain the owner’s personal information and for it to appear in Whois database.
This allows any random person to have access to such information, which can be used wrongly, such as for spam mailing, identity theft, etc. This doesn’t mean that a domain registrant cannot maintain his privacy secure. How? Well, it’s simple! By hiring WHOIS PRIVACY.
How does WHOIS Privacy work?
Whois offers a solution that meets the ICANN requirements. This identity protection service hides the owner’s personal and contact information.
To do so a dynamic web mail redirection system is used. This system creates an aleatory email address using the domain name. Every email sent to this aleatory address will be resent to the owner’s real email account. Whois Privacy is free of charge upon hiring the domain. There are two types you can choose from:
- Whois Privacy: You can hire this option from 1 to 10 years. It includes dynamic web mail redirection system and allows for all the domains information, except for the owner’s name, to be hidden. This option is only available for certain domain types: .com, .net, .org, .info, .biz, .ws, .mobi, .cat, .tv, .cc, .es, .com.es, .nom.es, .org.es
- Whois Privacy Complete: Just like the first option, you may hire this from 1 to 10 years. It also includes dynamic web mail redirection system and ALL domain and owner’s information is kept anonymous. This is available for the following domain types: .com, .net, .org, .info, .biz, .ws, .mobi, .tv y .cc
It is possible to activate and deactivate this service at any time. For example you can activate it to show the domains authorship in a specific moment.
Another benefit of using Whois Private is that it can be used to protect a certain brand or project. Many people like to take credit for a specific project, they like to show who the brains behind it all is, but others enjoy to stay inconspicuous while online.
So, in simple words, Whois Privacy is basically used to hide your personal information from public view.