When you register a domain, you are required to supply your registrar with accurate contact details. These are used not only for clerical purposes and to prevent fraud, but also, per ICANN rules, must be added to the official WHOIS database.
WHOIS is essentially a giant phonebook for the web. Enter any domain, and it will report the name of its owner as well his/her address, telephone number, and email. This publicly available data makes it easy to contact a website owner, but also opens the door for unwanted solicitation.
In my case, I receive at least two pieces of junk mail per week in my mailbox related to one of my domain names. I’ve also received phone calls from advertisers asking if I would like to buy their products for my business, using a domain as my company name.
To avoid this hassle, nearly all registrars offer WHOIS privacy protection for a nominal fee. This useful service hides your name and phone number, but includes a special email address where people can contact you if they need to. For me, the added cost to my yearly domain registration fee is worth the peace of mind privacy protection provides.
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