November 23rd, 2011 by IX: Fathi Said
So, yesterday my mailman brought me yet another one of those Domain Registry of Amer*** letters. These letters are seriously annoying. Take a look (click below to see bigger image) :
If you didn’t already know, these letters are a notorious marketing ploy. They try to convince you to renew your domain name with them by sending you an official-looking notice, by postal mail. If you follow the directions, not only will you pay an arm and a leg for a year of registration, but you’ll also be transferring your domain registration to another company. I often get letters from customers, who ask me, “How did these scumbags get my snail mail address?” It’s actually really easy. And sort of scary, too.
Your domain name’s ownership information (it’s also called the “WHOIS information”) is available in a public database – which can be accessed by anyone. See for yourself right here.
This is the same reason you usually started getting boatloads of spam to the email address associated with your domain.
Obviously this is bad. Only for specific reasons would you want to share your info (and I’ll tell you about those in a couple of weeks). But as a general rule, it’s better to hide your contact information from public view.
So how can you hide your contact information?
Until now, there hasn’t been a lot you can do about it. But because so many of you have been asking for it, we’ve added a sweet new feature called Domain WHOIS Privacy. It basically removes your information from the WHOIS database. You still own your domain, but now you won’t have to deal with all the spam, fake mail, and telemarketing calls. Of course you always have the option to turn privacy off at any time, but I don’t recommend it.
I’ve got all my personal names, and even some of my business names, protected with Domain WHOIS Privacy. It works wonders and the spam you get decreases considerably.
So if you want to add it to your existing domain(s), it’s only $6/year (which is like one or two lattes from Starbucks, depending on how complicated of a person you are). And it’s well worth it. Here are some instructions on turning privacy on.
To make it a no brainer, we’ve bundled domain privacy with new .com domain registrations. For a short time, you can register new .coms for just 4 bucks if you add domain privacy when you order them.
I hope you like this new feature, and that it’ll help you as much as it has helped me.
Fathi Said, CEO
IX Web Hosting