Do You Need Domain Name Privacy?
Once you have registered a domain name, your personal data, such as your name, physical address, e-mail and telephone number are saved in a publicly available database called WHOIS. Domain name privacy protection is an option that web hosting companies offer to prevent spamming and exposure of personal information of a domain’s registered owners.
Here at BlackSun, we do more than just provide powerful web hosting. We also provide extra tools to help protect our clients and their personal information. One of these features is Domain Privacy.
Domain Privacy protection can provide a sense of security, buying it is a choice, not a must-do for your business. At BlackSun we mask your personal information. You own your domain, but your contact information won’t be publicly displayed.
You can trace the ownership of any domain on the internet using the WHOIS lookup feature. In the following image, we search the domain registrant details for “Nike.com”.
Below, we can see different information like the registrar’s names and when the registration expires. Moreover, in which city the company is located, address, phone and email.
For companies like Nike, it is not significant to have this information exposed. However, for smaller companies and business owners, this is sensitive information and should be protected.
In the following image, you can see how your information will look like if you decide to add BlackSun’s ID protection to your domain names.
All the sensitive information such as an address, phone and email can be protected by just adding domain name privacy to your domains, as you can notice in the image above.
Is Domain Name Privacy Necessary?
The short answer is No! However, it is important to protect your personal information from being shown in the directories.
By default, the information you submit when registering your new website becomes available for public access. This means that anyone can locate the actual owner of any domain, anywhere in the world. Everyone can have access to WHOIS data, this, of course, expose site owners’ personal information. Furthermore, you will become more susceptible to receive spam, direct marketing campaigns and even worst, threats and identity theft.
Domain name privacy protection plans were designed to provide security to the information stored in WHOIS databases. At BlackSun, we offer ID protection for all .ca domains free of charge. And .co domains can also add ID protection for only $7.99/yr.
Wrapping it up!
It is worthwhile to check if you have domain privacy protection already by calling your domain registrar’s or hosting provider’s customer support. Many businesses do not know if they have it.
If you do not have domain privacy protection already, you will have the following options:
Option 1: If you want to register a new domain name, add domain privacy protection while registering at BlackSun. This is the best time to do it, and you will have it from the beginning.
Option 2: If you already have a domain name registered at BlackSun. And you realized that your domain name is not protected, you can add it any time. Simply log into your BlackSun control panel and click the add-on tab.
Option 3: You can transfer your domain name from other registrars to BlackSun any time and add ID protection.
In case you have questions, do not hesitate to ask for a consultation with our team of hosting experts. We will be happy to resolve your inquiries!