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Free Domain WHOIS Privacy.
Domainmonster.com is proud of its free WHOIS privacy service that we offer with new and existing domain names. WHOIS is defined as:
"a query and response protocol … used for querying databases that store the registered users or assignees of an Internet resource, such as a domain name."
Anyone can perform a Domain WHOIS lookup to find out who operates a domain name. The WHOIS database is how domain ownership is assigned. If your details appear on the WHOIS database you are the owner of that domain name. Correct WHOIS details are a legal requirement. As long as the registration details held in your Domainmonster.com control panel are correct, you are legally the owner of your domain names.
However, the WHOIS database is a public record. What this means for you as a domain name owner is that the details you use to register that domain name can be viewed by whoever performs a domain name WHOIS search. This can be done using a wide variety of free tools. In a lot of situations this can be advantageous. As a business, people can see where you are based and how to contact you. This could lead to any amount of new business. It also ensures that nobody else can claim ownership of the domain as your details are there to see! WHOIS searches also show your email address, telephone number and full address. There are plenty of occasions where this can be an issue. With Domainmonster.com WHOIS privacy you remain the legal owner of your domain name, while also keeping your private details out of the public WHOIS database.
Firstly there is the ever prominent spam issue. Having your email address placed in any sort of public records opens the floodgates for spammers. There are bots developed that search WHOIS databases for email addresses to add to their spam lists. Anything that can help prevent spam is worth taking advantage of. Our WHOIS Privacy service replaces your personal details with a set of our details, thus protecting your details from any spam communication.
Secondly there is the risk of identity theft. Another problem with having these details publically accessible is that criminals could potentially use this information to try and steal your identity. This could range from creating social media accounts under your email. Trying to use your details for malicious sites or even taking loans or using services in your name. Again, WHOIS privacy can protect you against this risk.
Domainmonster.com offers this WHOIS privacy service free of charge to ensure that our customer’s personal details are protected. You can activate or deactivate WHOIS privacy at any time from within your Domainmonster.com account.
Please Note: There are a small number of domain name extensions that do not support privacy. This is because the registry has restrictions in place to control the use of privacy on that particular domain name extension.