We’ve talked about why Whois Privacy is important before, but many people don’t understand just how annoying it can be when the nefarious spammers of the internet get a hold of your contact information. So we thought a little visual could help.
One of the people on our team recently forgot to get Whois Privacy when he registered a domain using our marketing account. Although we managed to slap Whois Privacy on it shortly after, the damage was already done, and we began to see an immediate surge of spam coming directly to our inbox:
Yeah, not fun. Luckily, this is easy to avoid by using Whois Privacy.
What’s the deal? Is Name.com selling my information?
Absolutely not. As you can see from these examples, we’re just as susceptible to annoying spam messages as everyone else—and Whois Privacy is the one tool we have that can help you prevent this from happening.
ICANN, the big internet organization that runs the show requires that everyone who registers a domain be listed in a publicly available online directory. This directory includes your name, address, email, and phone number—essentially all the information you’re required to include when you register the domain. Unfortunately for us, some opportunistic people on the internet consider this directory a treasure trove of people that they can cold call and email to their heart’s content.
So what can I do about it?
That’s where Whois Privacy comes in. It’s the one way protect yourself from the inevitable spam that happens when you are automatically opted into this public directory. When you purchase Whois Privacy along with your domain, we’ll automatically insert our own information into the directory so yours gets masked. That means no annoying spam messages and less of a risk that someone will use your information without your permission.