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Domain Privacy Protection: Is It Worth It?

With the economy the way it is and people trying to save money wherever they can, it makes sense to question the necessity of extra “add-on” features available for various services. However, if you’re in the habit of saying ‘no’ before you even hear the details of an offer, it’s easy to miss out on some features that could do you more good than harm. A perfect example of this is domain privacy, or WHOIS, protection. There are plenty of pros – and a few cons – to this service. So is it worth it?

What is Domain Privacy Protection?

As with any discussion, it’s good to first touch on what it is we’re talking about. Domain privacy or WHOIS protection (different registrars sometimes refer to it by different names) hides the domain registrant’s personal information from the public WHOIS database. WHOIS is an organization that manages all data regarding domain registration. All registrant details are considered public information, in addition to the nameservers and other simple details regarding domain registrations (e.g. registration, renewal, and expiry dates). If someone knows a registered domain name, they can enter it into any WHOIS search tool on the web to retrieve this public information. With privacy protection in place, all of this information becomes masked. This includes hiding your personal name, address, phone, email, and business name. Instead, a generic registrar-generated information set is displayed.