WHOIS Privacy: Keep Your Domain Name Info Private For Free

January 15, 2010

in Business Services, Knowledge Base

Domain Name Privacy, courtesy of hyku

WHOIS Privacy is a service offered by most domain name registrars and 3rd party providers to help protect your domain registration information from people looking up “whois” information on your domains. Rather than paying annual fees PER domain to protect your privacy, learn how you can use your Virtual Post Mailbox to get Whois Privacy Service for free.

WHOIS Information is Public

Every domain name you register requires you to enter accurate domain registrant information that’s kept on record. This information is available to the public through the use of WHOIS search tools. Here’s a screenshot of a domain name’s Whois information:

USPS Whois Information

USPS Whois Information

If you are using your home address to register your personal domain names, everyone will know exactly where you live. What if you have a home-based business and you’re registering your online website using your home address? Instant reduction in credibility to your customers.

Domain Proxy Services for WHOIS Privacy

To protect your personal information, many domain name registrars and 3rd parties offer you private registration services for a fee. These service work by replacing the registrant information with a proxy company that acts as an agent on your behalf. Here’s a screenshot of a domain using a WHOIS Privacy service:

Domain Proxy Whois Example

Domain Proxy Whois Example

The Whois information no longer reveals information about you, the real registrant. Instead, it displays the name and contact information of the domain proxy company. Sounds like a great way to protect your privacy and many do use it for exactly this purpose, right?

Unfortunately, spammers and scammers also use these services to hide their identity. If you happen to use your web site or blog to make money, then using domain proxies may possibly hurt your credibility because your site visitors may associate you with those scoundrels.

The Better Solution to WHOIS Privacy

Rather than using a domain private registration service, you can use your Virtual Post Mail mailbox address instead. Your domain registrant information will show your real business name, not some generic “Domain Proxy Company” name. Your address is also a real street address, so it will look professional.

Using your Virtual Post Mailbox can also save you money if you own many domains. Most domain privacy services charge you an annual fee ranging from $8-20 per domain. This can quickly add up if you own more than a few domains. Rather than pay extra for this service, you can use your mailbox address for as many domains as you like. Your mailbox basically comes with private domain registration service for free! It’s the perfect way to save money and protect your privacy at the same time.

So next time you register a domain name, simply use your own name and your Virtual Post Mailbox address for the registrant information. Stay safe and protected.

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