Domain Privacy

January 20, 2012 by  Filed under: Domain 

Most people don’t know, when they think about getting a domain, that their contact information will be entered into a domain name database called Whois. Each of the registrars of domain names also has its own domain database open to the public. When a domain is registered with an extension,.net or a country code the owner of the domain submits his or her domain name as well as some personal contact information.

With all the privacy issues in society today, you may be reluctant to have your personal contact information available for anyone to see. This cautiousness is why people like to have at least one anonymous email address but what they don’t realize is that they can still be tracked using their IP address. Still, it’s more protection than listing their real name, address and possibly a telephone or cell phone number.

CIRA, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority oversees the assignment of address blocks and other internet related tasks in Canada. CIRA’s functions offer some protection for the public, listing the registrant, technical contact and administrator information and server information. While you can see why this would be beneficial to the public, the current epidemic of identity thefts might make you think twice before you register for a domain name.

You should not let privacy concerns deter you from registering your domain name, however. Like everything else there is a way around this regulation and you can protect your personal information. If you register your domain using a proxy, you still divulge your personal contact information but it is not publicly displayed. Instead, the contact information of the proxy is what the public sees. While your information is available if the proper legal procedures are followed, your privacy is insured when dealing with day to day issues.

There is nothing deceitful about registering your domain with a proxy; indeed, it makes a lot of sense these days. You can make arrangements for your proxy to contact you if there is a problem with your domain but you can also set up a special contact button that allows access.

If you decide to use a proxy to register your domain name there are a few precautions to take. Make sure that the proxy has a good reputation by checking reviews through a search engine. Read through the Terms and Conditions carefully to insure that you know exactly what to expect and what your obligations are. Finally, make sure that you maintain ownership of your domain.

There are all sorts of techniques you can use to legally and ethically insure your privacy and protect your identity. Using a proxy domain registrar is just one of these methods.

Adam Dicker is one of the world’s top domainers in terms of both ownership and understanding of the domain space. Adam is also the owner of the most popular domain forum To learn more about buying and selling domains visit and signup today.

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