Do you need to buy the whois protection of your domain name?

written by Marie Last updated on October 2, 2018

Published on August 5, 2017

How to check if your home address, phone number, full name and email is public record because of your domain name. Also called the "Whois" protection or privacy option of your domain name. #blogging #bloggingtips

I am in many Facebook groups for bloggers. Lately, I have seen a lot of the same questions being asked by new bloggers who were creating their new blog. Their question was: “Is it important to buy the option for the confidentiality of the domain name?”, “Is it important to purchase the whois protection?”. My answer: it depends on what you prefer to do. At the end of this blog post, you will be able to make your decision.

In this article, I will show you a concrete example so that you can understand why it is important to do so. If you do not buy it, anyone can have access to your phone number, home address, full name and email address … and more.

This privacy option protects you from the tech command “whois yourdomainname.com”. What does this command do? It is used to obtain information about the owner of a domain name.

What is a domain name: This is the address to your website, e.g. girlknowstech.com and girlknowstech.ca, are domain names. It is the link to your blog.

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What is Whois

As I said, Whois is a command that allows you to obtain information about a domain name. It returns a lot of information, for example:

  • The personal information of the domain owner,
    • Full name
    • Phone number
    • Full address
    • Email address
  • name of the server used
  • Date of creation and expiration of the domain name
  • and more

Typically, to use the command, you enter it at a command prompt, like this:

protection whoisFortunately, at the end of this article, I propose a way to test your blog but with a simpler way! 🙂

 

Why the Whois command exists?

his command is mainly used to find out if a domain name is registered somewhere.

How to see if your personal information is protected

You can check if the public has access to your information by using this website! Just enter the address of your site in the input field and click on “Search”, as shown in the gif below:

protection whois

My information is hidden. On the other hand, if they were not, they would appear before the “registrant,” which I highlight in blue in the gif. So this is where you need to check that it’s hidden really for you!

Why activate the protection?

  • No calls and fewer advertising emails of people offering services
    It seems like it happens to a lot of individuals when they haven’t hidden their data
  • Your information will be less publicly accessible to anyone who wants to know where you live
    I say less convenient because it is possible to make a whois with the history. Thus, if you did not activate protection as soon as your domain name was registered, the information will probably be accessible. On the other hand, it is more difficult, and it takes a little more motivation to access the information.

Why not activate the protection?

Like everything in life, there pros and cons!

  • Might cost a bit more money
    I remind you that there are companies that offer this protection for free.
  • Loss of credibility / reputation
    Will your readers bother to make a whois on your domain name?
  • If someone wants to buy your website, he can find how to contact you
    I’m sure your email address is all over your site, right? A potential motivated buyer will most likely find out how to communicate with you.

It’s up to you to see what’s important to you. I chose to opt for protection. By cons, now that I have a PO Box, maybe I would use it!

How to activate Whois protection

Your information is not hidden? Don’t panic! It is probably possible to enable this extra security by visiting your customer area of the company where you registered your domain name. Look for an option with a name similar to “whois protection”, “domain privacy”, and so on.

However, be aware that several websites offer this service for free (OVH and Namecheap to name just a few), so it should be considered when you buy a domain name, the cost could be higher than with the addition of this privacy option. HostPapa offers it at $ 10 per year.

 

Conclusion

Finally, I hope this article will help you better understand why it is worth paying a little more (or make sure it’s free before buying the domain name) to protect your personal information to individuals who may be malicious!

 

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14 comments

Claudia Meyer August 16, 2017 - 8:47 pm

Very helpful! I had no idea what “Whois” was… but your clear writing style educated me, I checked, and I’m all set! Thank you!

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Marie August 16, 2017 - 9:51 pm

Hi! Awesome Claudia! I’m glad I could help!
And your kind words about my writing really made my day, thank you xx
Marie

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Wangui August 19, 2017 - 9:39 pm

This has nothing to do with your post, but i follow you on instagram. I love your work ethic. I love your blog and the topics you blog about are so relatable.

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Marie August 26, 2017 - 3:57 pm

Hi Wangui!
Thank you for following me on Instagram! I’m glad you like the topics of my blog posts!
What’s your instagram account? 🙂
Marie

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Nicole August 31, 2017 - 11:53 am

I work in web hosting as a linux support analyst, I always recommend folks purchase the WHOis privacy because if you don’t you will be hounded by unsolicited snail mail, emails, phone calls and text messages from people wanting to offer to build you a website and SEO experts and a whole slew of others offering their services, etc. I tested this out for myself and it was really eye-opening.

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Marie September 12, 2017 - 8:33 am

Yeah! I agree! It never happened to me really though! But everyone says that! I should test it too!
Thanks for your input !
Marie

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Timix A Thomas September 23, 2017 - 9:56 am

Really helpful article. I think biggest con of Whois guard is, loss of credibility. Even if a website is not selling anything, Leaving who is data visible will give a boost in credibility. And pro is, it will prevent spam. Followed by a domain registration, I got so many Spam emails with who is protection, we can avoid this. Of course at the cost of little bit of credibility

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Marie September 23, 2017 - 2:06 pm

Hi! I agree with you! But I also wonder how many people really do use the whois command? VS how many just read the about page and that’s enough for them?
Marie

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Timix A Thomas September 25, 2017 - 1:44 am

Hello Marie,

I think Most nowadays do their own research before purchasing anything online. They(including me) most likely to trust a website which has a contact us page and a physical address. I sometimes do check who is data of a website if it appears suspicious. I think nowadays people are more aware of these things than before.
Timix

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Zac November 15, 2017 - 1:33 am

I have been blogging from last three years and bought few domains. Some companies started sending annoying mails from the day one. So, it is very important to protect your identity.

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Marie November 18, 2017 - 9:26 pm

Yes, I heard of that! It never really happened to me though, I must be lucky lol.
Marie

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Majid Blog July 18, 2018 - 4:51 am

After I initially left a comment I appear to
have clicked on the -Notify me when new comments
are added- checkbox and now each time a comment is
added I get four emails with the same comment. Is there
a way you are able to remove me from that service? Thank
you!

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Marie August 9, 2018 - 8:10 pm

Hello Majid!

Ah so sorry, and it’s also weird you’re receiving 4 emails about it! I will make sure to check out why it happens.
I don’t know how to remove you from that, I would think that there would be an “unsubscribe” link at the end of those emails?

Let me know!
Marie

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