The onset of the internet brought pretty good things to humans. One of the great things is the ability to own a domain name and use it to create a website to make money. The good thing is that owning a domain name is very easy today, thanks to the many domain name registration companies out there.
While domain name registration comes with numerous advantages, it also comes with its fair share of disadvantages. One disadvantage is that your personal information becomes public knowledge. That’s because to register a domain name, you have to provide some necessary information, such as phone number, email address, physical address and more for verification purposes. For those who like to guard their personal information, this can be a great concern.
If your information is publicly available online, scammers and spammers can take advantage of it and steal your identity. They can also use your financial details to scam you. While some domain name registration companies try to protect their customers’ personal information, some don’t care.
But there are steps you can take to insulate yourself from the risks posed by domain name registration
Things you can do to protect your personal information during domain name registration
You may think of providing fake data as a way to protect your details, but that will surely not work because, at some point, registrars will require that you verify your information. So, there are two options to protect your personal information legally during domain name registration:
Choose private domain name registration
Private domain name registration means that the registrar will register the domain name on your behalf. Although you don’t own the domain name, you have the right to use it, as long as you pay for the subscriptions and other fees. Ideally, the registrar registers the domain name with their details and not yours. While this solidly protects your personal information, you may end up losing the domain name in case the registrar closes shop.
You can activate domain Whois privacy protection
Most domain registration companies don’t offer domain name privacy protection. Those that do charge for it. It’s a good idea to activate the privacy protection since domain name records on the Whois database are open to public access.
With cases of domain name theft and identity theft rampant these days. You should protect your personal information at all costs when registering your domain name. Follow the tips discussed above, and you’ll be safe.
— DevCom (@DevComCompany) 9 de octubre de 2017