The moment you went online, you are sharing information about yourself that could be accessible by the public or not if you go private. But this doesn’t always happen as you need to purchase a privacy feature add-on which is the case for registered domains.
When you purchase a domain, your registrar is required to collect important information from you such as name, address, contact numbers and email address to be submitted and published on the WHOIS database. These information are publicised except if your domain registration features a domain privacy protection. If you are unaware, you can do a domain lookup WhoIs here to confirm your public information. Domain privacy is not required when you purchase and register a domain, however, it’s advisable as this feature will secure your personal information from the public and the global WhoIs database. In this article, we will discuss the reasons why you should use privacy controls over your domain.
Prevent Identity Theft
Your public information such as website name and email address make the eyes of a cyber theft sparkle. With just your domain name and email address, your website can be hacked and accessed leaving you lose control of your own website. A WhoIs database privacy protection is a great help to prevent this malicious intent.
Your public email address is prone to be accessed and pulled out in a lead database for email marketing purposes and worst spams. Who doesn’t hate seeing spam emails on their personal email address? With a domain privacy, you can avoid spam contents and unsolicited messages sent by marketers and scammers alike.
Hinder Suspicious Caller
Since you will also provide your contact information for ICANN registration purposes, you should expect to be called by numerous unknown numbers who offer their products or services you might not be interested in. This could be prevented if you hide your contact details from them through a domain privacy.
How about fake your identity?
Can you rather ask ICANN to hide your information or just send them dummy email address and contact numbers?
ICANN requires all registered domain to submit only legit and factual information of each web owner. ICANN has
The Additional Cost
There is a monthly or yearly fee if you purchase a domain privacy for your website. The price varies from one registrar to another. You will pay them to hide and secure your information as well as protect you from email scammers and telemarketers that would call you anytime. It is your decision if you think it’s worth it to purchase this privacy add-on or not.
Is it worth it?
If you are always getting spammed and receiving unwanted call, it is highly recommended to purchase a domain privacy for your protection and peace of mind. But if you just started your website and still can’t afford it, you can wait until you are ready. After all, it’s not required and not necessary unless you’ve reach your limit from receiving unwelcome calls and emails or worst threats.
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