What is the Whois database?

The Whois database is an online repository of information associated with registered domain names. It stores and publicly displays domain name information, such creation and expiration dates, the registrar of record, and its various contacts (registrant, billing, administrative, and technical).

When you register a domain name, we collect this information, per the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) regulations for domain name registrars. The information in the Whois database is available to anyone who does a Whois search for a particular domain name. You must enter valid information in your account. If you do not, you risk losing your domain name registration.

 

So everyone can see my information?
The short answer is, yes. The name, address and phone number you submit when you register your domain is publicly accessible by anyone at any time. This may be good news if you have a domain name you’d like to sell. Or it may be bad news if your name and contact info is collected by a spammer, hacker or other cyber-criminal.

 

How can I protect my privacy?
To keep your personal data from falling into the wrong hands, we offer Private Registration through our partner, Domains By Proxy®. Instead of displaying your personal information in the Whois database for all to see, Domains By Proxy® will replace it with their own. The domain will still belong to you – except now, you and Domains By Proxy® will be the only ones who know it. See the difference.

 

What about my business? I want people to find me.
For businesses, we offer Deluxe Registration. Use this “virtual business card” to drive traffic to your website and increase the reach of your existing marketing efforts – without sacrificing your privacy. For domains you can’t afford to lose, there’s Protected Registration. It prevents accidental or malicious domain transfers and includes Private and Business Registration FREE!

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