What is Whois Information?

The house is an online database that identifies the owner of a domain and how to get in contact with them. His records are a useful and essential resource for maintaining the integrity of the domain name registration and website ownership process. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) requires public disclosure of this Whois information and that it be updated and accurate at all times.

Why is Whois Information Important? 

Whois information is important for multiple reasons. It helps the customers keep track of where their domains are currently registered. It also keeps track of registrant and registrar information for every TLD (.com, .org, .biz, .tv) and may take up to 24 hours to be reflected in the public Whois database.

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Whois Privacy

It is important to note that there is no way to hide the existence of a domain registration since anyone can check Whois to confirm the status of a domain. The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) requires that the contact information of those who own and manage a domain name to be made publicly available via Whois directories. This includes mailing addresses, phone numbers and email addresses.

Whois Privacy is a service that allows a domain name owner to list alternate, valid contact information (such as a mail-forwarding service address) published in place of the registrant’s home address.

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Am I able to add Whois Privacy to my domain?

Yes you can! Whois Privacy can be added to any domain at the cost of $9.95 per year. In order to enable the Whois Privacy for your domain, you must log into your account and follow this path:

Click on My Products 

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Click on My Domains.  Select the domain that you want to add Whois Privacy onto and click on Settings. Once you have selected your domain, click on Whois Privacy and toggle the OFF button to ON.

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Be sure to verify your billing info and confirm the charge.

How to look up Whois Information?

There are many hosting providers and domain registrar web sites that can be used to search for Whois information for domains.  We may not be able to list them all, but here are a few:

whois.net
whois.com
whois.sc
who.is

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