What is domain name privacy protection?
Also known as Private Registration" This is a term involved with domain name registration. And it literally means you domain name registration details are kept private or in other words your personal details such as your name, home/ office address, email address and phone numbers are not displayed in public data base. If I may define "private registration" in another way, it means, Implementation of appropriate safeguard measures to ensure the security and confidentiality of WHOIS data records, as well as to protect the WHOIS records against threats or identity theft that could result in substantial embarrassment, harm, inconvenience, or unfairness to any person.
Why you need Privacy Protection?
Imagine for a second, when you register a domain, your name, address, email address and phone numbers are immediately made available to anyone who wants to see them? That's right. Your personal information is exposed 24 hours a day, everyday, to anyone, anywhere globally who wants to see and use them. When buying a domain name you have to provide accurate contact information or else your domain registration could be terminated as it would be in violation of the ICANN terms and regulations for any and all domain name registrations.
This information has to be made publicly available to everyone via the public WHOIS database as required by ICANN, the international governing body for domain names. Everyday, this valuable source of accurate contact information is targeted and harvested by spammers and telemarketers resulting in unwanted and unsolicited contact. Also since your contact information is public, you are at risk for identity theft and fraud and of being contacted by harassers and stalkers.
The benefits of making a traditional domain name registration into a fully secured private registration
- Prevent Identity theft and fraud.
- Prevent unexpected online/offline harassments and stalking
- Prevent unsolicited commercial emailing
- Prevent receiving direct mail/sales letters via your postal address
- Prevent unwanted phone calls from telemarketers, stalkers or any other strangers
- Ability to protect your privacy and safeguard all your personal contact information.
How does private registration work? Privacy Protection or Private Registration method ensures that your private information will not publish on the World Wide Web publicly. And the way this security measure work is by replacing all your publicly visible contact details with alternate contact information created and made available by your domain name registrar or any other third party company who provide such service on behalf of your domain name registrar with ICANN approval.
So therefore you have the power to change identity theft, fraud, or even unexpected online/offline harassments and stalking, with a private ("unlisted") registration. Some domain name registrars offer this service as a value added service with a price tag while some offer it for free. Either way if you are not comfortable with the fact that your personal information is made publicly available to anyone from any where in the world you should definitely go for a privacy protection option when you registering a domain name. And in order to prevent all sorts of misconducts that can be made using your personal information. Remember prevention is always better than cure!!!!