Importance of Domain Privacy
What is domain privacy?
When you purchase a domain name from a registrar, most of the time they do not provide free domain privacy. This means that if you do not purchase a domain privacy subscription then your personal information will be available to the world on the Whois database. If you own a domain name and want to check if your domain is publishing your personal information, such as full name, address, email, and phone number then you can go to Whois.com and look up your domain name. The search will display information available to the public.
How can I add domain privacy to my domain?
Every domain registrar does things differently. GoDaddy asks you to buy the privacy protection for $7.99 per year per domain. This is a separate charge from your regular yearly domain renewal fee. NameSilo offers domain privacy for free: you just pay your yearly renewal fee and the privacy protection is free. Internetbs also offers free domain privacy but your real name will still be displayed publicly. NameCheap gives you free privacy protection for the first year and $2.88 for every year afterwards- a bargain considering their great customer service. This WhoisGuard coupon will give you domain privacy for 99 cents per year on NameCheap.
How does this protect me?
The domain privacy protection could prevent fraud and spam from reaching you. It is important to note that privacy protection is only recommended for individuals and not for businesses. Business owners are encouraged to keep their Whois public- this allows for customers to trust your business.
Your public Whois records are replaced with your registrar’s information. Your email is encrypted and changed every couple of days to prevent spam. Let me add my domain as an example. I have my domain registered with NameCheap and I have their WhoisGuard active, here is what it looks like with privacy protection:
Is it worth paying for privacy?
It depends how valuable you consider your privacy. In the past I have received scam calls because I decided not to get a privacy guard for my domains just to save a couple of dollars per year. I think it’s worth the extra cost to purchase privacy protection for your domain if you don’t want to be woken up at 3 am to someone in India trying to convince you to buy $10 health insurance.
Stay safe online!