How can you stay anonymous during domain registration?
So you want to initiate the process of domain registration. You approach a number of hosting services. You compare plans, space provided, bandwidth provided and a host of different features. After that you choose a hosting service which meets your requirements and start the process of registering your domain.
However, your friends tell you horror stories where people are bombarded with spam emails as well as emails from rival hosting services offering them better deals. And this is not the whole story. They tell you how their Inbox is flooded and about the constant calls they receive. Yes, even your phone number gets involved. Suddenly you realize that domain registration is not as simple as you thought it would be. And this is simply because your name and mail address are behind your domain. After all – nowadays people take advantage of every single piece of information that they find useful on the internet. Do not think that there is some magic that will protect you from the spam wave if you put your personal data out there.
So is there any way to escape the spammers and the rival offers and still register your domain? Well, the answer is a resounding and satisfying yes. This is a relief, right? The process we are referring to is called Anonymous registration. This process is a very often used process in the online world for the reasons explained above. If you visit any blog or website, you will notice many comments posted by Anonymous visitors. These are people who do not want to reveal their identity. In our modern society most of the users do not wish to reveal their true “face” to the others, so they find a way and protect their information.
So how can you remain anonymous during domain registration? To understand this process, there are certain factors you need to comprehend beforehand. Anonymization refers to the process of masking or hiding a person’s details. These details are the IP (internet protocol) address i.e., the address of the server which hosts the domain, the name of the person i.e., the person to whom the domain is registered and their contact details like email address and phone number. These details can be easily disseminated and can be used for lucrative purposes.
This information is also required to be entered with the regulating authorities i.e., ICANN and DNS. Please understand that your details cannot be hidden from the above two authorities. In fact, your domain registration cannot happen without the above details being registered with them. But it is important to know that these two authorities will not embezzle with that information. You can rest assured.
Now let’s move on to the actual process of anonymization. When you initiate the registration process, you should inform the company registering the domain that you wish to remain anonymous. You can also explain the reasons why you want that, but this is not a good advice according to most of the specialists in that field. Once such a request is received, the company will first ask you for all your contact details including the billing details.
Next, once the payment is received, the company will send across the terms and conditions under which you will be displayed as an anonymous owner. Please read the document carefully. The devil is in the details as they say and you would prefer to take all precautions. There have been many instances where a user’s details have not remained anonymous and have been made public. And this directly affects your personal data and life.
Once you have agreed to the terms, the registrar will replace your details with their own details on the WHOIS database. This database stores all the information about each and every domain registered. Once the information is entered in this database, you will be listed as anonymous for your own domain. Be sure – many people already take advantage of this service.
Also, remember that you have to pay an extra amount to avail of this service. The size of that amount depends on the registrar and their fees. You should retain the copy of the agreement so that you can refer to it in the case of any dispute which arises due to this process. And such a dispute can be very obvious, because after all – people want to know who is behind every domain. So if you have this privilege, you must keep the evidence for your discretion agreement. You must not hesitate to use it against any claim that you have made something wrong. This is your right and you must keep it.
The next time you want to initiate a domain registration, you can explore this option and protect your privacy because it is important for you to keep your privacy.
About the author: Ted Garza is a professional teacher. He has worked at kindergartens in USA and abroad for most of his professional life. In his free time he likes to write texts and articles on the topics of technology and also its implementation in everyday life for different websites (for example for the Danish “UnoEuro domaneregistrering” domain campaign). He is always excited to share and comment his views on modernity with other people interested in such discussions.