Public vs. Private Domain Registration

Public vs. Private With a public registration, John Smith’s personal information is available for anyone to see in the Whois listing for his domain – anywhere, anytime.

But a private registration with Domains By Proxy shields John Smith’s personal information from public display — and the private email address we create allows John to control who reaches him.

What to Know About WHOIS

When you register a domain, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) requires publication of your name, company name, address, phone and other information in what’s called the WHOIS database. This large directory, which contains all of this information for every domain and its registrant, is free and open to the public. Enter any domain in the search box to find out who owns it.

The WHOIS database can tell you if a domain you’re interested in is available. If it already belongs to someone, you can use the information provided in the database to contact them to discuss a purchase. If you own a domain yourself, be sure to let your registrar know of any changes in your contact information. Not only is this important in case someone wants to make an offer on your domain name, it’s also required by ICANN.

And while it’s true that scammers search WHOIS for information to use in spamming, website hacking and identity theft, ICANN has policies to help reduce spam. Plus, your registrar may have individual domain protection options that would hide your information.

If you are a resident of the European Economic Area (EEA), due to the requirements of the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), beginning 25 May 2018, we will no longer display your Name, Street Address, Phone Number and E-mail in the WHOIS. Your Country and Province/State (as well as Technical data such as the Registar name, Creation Date, or Name Servers) will continue to be displayed.