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With identity fraud a rising concern and the quest to keep personal information private at the forefront of most of out minds it may be time to audit what information about you is available out there on the internet.

Did you know that when you register a domain name, the registration details are available to anyone who searches a public database online? The WHOIS database is a great tool if you are looking to find out who owns a domain name or perhaps who they are hosting their site with and was designed with the internet’s openness of information in mind. Unfortunately there are always some unscrupulous souls out there willing to abuse it.

The details stored could include your name, address, email and phone number. Some spammers will mine this for email addresses. It can even be used by scammers looking to steal or transfer your domain name which is why we suggest you lock your domains where you can.

If you don’t want all and sundry looking at your personal data however, there is also another product that can offer some protection. WHOIS privacy is available on certain domains at a low-cost annual fee but protecting your informaion could be priceless. Instead of your direct contact details being available on the database generic information from our privacy service is displayed. So you should avoid a slice of spam but for important information such as renewals and technical issues any correspondence will be forwarded straight on to your proper details. So you won’t miss out on legitimate enquiries either.

WHOIS privacy can be purchased at £4.99 per domain per year and is available for the following types of domain: .com, .net, .org, .cc, .me, .tv, .info, .biz, .mobi, .tel. You can add it to existing domains from within your 123-reg control panel or you’ll be prompted during the order process to add it when you purchase a new domain.

Plus don’t forget, if you are registering a .uk domain as an individual you can get WHOIS privacy for free by just choosing the WHOIS opt-out option when you purchase your domain.

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  • Steve Nutt

    I did not know about the WHOIS opt-out option when I registered my.co.uk domain names with 123-reg a few years back. I’m sure there are others in the same situation, so how about you add a comment to this blog to let us know if it is still possible for us to opt-out now ;-)

    September 1, 2010 at 4:50 pm
  • Tim

    Hi Steve, this 123-reg Support article should assist you, but please note that it is an option only available to private individuals as consumers and not companies.

    September 2, 2010 at 4:13 pm