What is Domain Privacy and Protection? — A Simple, Unbiased Explanation

Topics Covered:

  • What is Domain Privacy Protection?
  • Does Domain Privacy Protection Really Keep Me Private or Anonymous?
  • Do I Need Domain Privacy Protection?
  • Is Domain Privacy Protection Free?
  • Are Domain Privacy, Domain Privacy Protection, and WHOIS Privacy Protection Different?

What is Domain Privacy Protection?

Domain privacy protection is an additional service offered by most domain name registrars designed to mask the true domain owners personal information. Instead of the WHOIS database showing the true owner’s personal email or postal address, it shows the information provided by the forwarding service.

Does Domain Privacy Protection Really Keep Me Private or Anonymous?

No. Domain privacy protection is only as private as the company providing the service wants it to be. Any information the provider has about the person who created the domain is stored by them. Historically, it has not been difficult to convince these providers to release this information.

Do I Need Domain Privacy Protection?

Domain privacy protection should be considered a nice-to-have, not a necessity. It will make it a bit more difficult to find the true owner of a domain which is useful for reducing spam and other unwanted solicitation. It does not, though, completely prevent the true domain owner’s information from being found by someone with the time and motivation.

Is Domain Privacy Protection Free?

That is completely up to the domain provider registering the domain. Some offer domain privacy protection completely free of charge, some include it in the domain registration cost, and others offer it as a separate service. To remain unbiased I’ll refrain from making recommendations and simply ask you to do your own research.

Are Domain Privacy, Domain Privacy Protection, and Whois Privacy Protection Different?

No, they all mean the same thing.

Conclusion

It’s better to have domain privacy enabled than to not, provided you recognize the limitations. It does not make you anonymous. Any group or person with enough time and motivation can find the information hidden behind a domain privacy setting. It does, however, make the info a bit harder to find which will reduce spam and unwanted solicitation.

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