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News from 123-reg: Domain name customers can now boost security with WHOIS


By James Marples Contributing Author
September 08, 2008


When a domain is registered, information such as names, addresses, email addresses and telephone numbers are viewable through the publicly searchable WHOIS database. Costing just £4.99 a year, WHOIS Privacy replaces this information with its own private details. This protects users against various threats, such as domain name renewal scams, as fraudsters don’t have access to information such as the domain expiry date from WHOIS.

Initially available for .com, .net, .org, .info, .biz, .name*, .me, .cc and .tv domains, individuals registering a .uk domain can also hide their details using the WHOIS opt-out option offered during the order process. Once purchased, the WHOIS Privacy function can be turned on and off as the user requires.

WHOIS Privacy can be ordered either during the order process of a new domain or through an existing domain’s 123-reg control panel. Users are allocated an email address so people with legitimate queries can still get in touch. Messages are then forwarded onto the user’s main email address. WHOIS Privacy adds to the other fraud-fighting features 123-reg currently offers such as auto-renewal and domain locking.

*Please note that you must wait 5 days after registering a .name domain before you can add WHOIS privacy.

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