Importance of Domain Privacy

February 24, 2013

Internet

Importance of Domain Privacy

Internet is a revolutionary product of human innovation. Life has undergone a tremendous change since the inception of internet. Today, no one could imagine as to how he/she could have lived in present day without internet. Right from seeking information to booking movie tickets to finding the way in a new city to a medical expert sitting in New York gives advice to his counterpart in Perth, internet has touched every aspect of human life.

All said and done internet is a virtual world wherein finding the original identities is a daunting task. It is a world where all are not fakes and yet all are not real. What one sees and perceives as original might turn out to be unreal. Similarly, from unknown and unexpected corners of the world a loving and caring personality helps a person who is cheesed off from harsh life.

All these pros and cons of internet present a ‘Catch 11’ situation always occurs and mistaken identities create lots of headaches. Spammers, hackers and many such crooks started devastating the internet arena and created havoc. In addition to these misdeeds, virus programs started creeping into the databases. Malware and spyware attacks were intensified. All these things resulted into loss of personal identity of the internet users and millions of dollars were stolen.

This has given rise to the need of securing the data available on internet and more particularly with the personal data of the people.

Flip Side of the Privacy

The data privacy thus granted to all sections of internet users has brought up another set of challenges when few misguided people started opening offensive and abusive websites by hiding their original identities.

To avoid such mishaps and to reduce the recurrences to the best possible extent, the international overseer of internet related tasks called ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) has made few policies. One of the policy deals exclusively with the domain registrations and the rule makes it mandatory for the registrants to publically announce their identity details like name, address, telephone number etc.

Once again the public display of the personal information started giving headaches to domain owners. Scammers, frauds and the telemarketing guys too have started misusing the publically available contact details.

Domain Privacy

The rising concern over the data of personal contact details of domain owners has brought up a debate to secure them. As a result of this domain proxy came up for the discussion. In domain proxy, the original contact details of the domain owner are replaced with concealed and generic information would be displayed on whois proxy databases. In this whois privacy people who wish to know the actual details have to send an email request which will be forwarded to the domain owner. Owners can take a decision on divulging the details.

Is Domain Privacy Worth?

There have been debates on usefulness of domain privacy. Users were split into groups and few have supported it and few opposed and others were tightlipped. Those who were in favor of privacy of domain owner details have argued that the privacy do help them in protecting their niche websites from being preyed by the scammers and competitors.

On contrary to this, some people who were not in favor of domain privacy have opined that by masking the contact details, owners might be losing out on new customers. They say that by looking at the contact details, new customers may knock on the doors of the website. Detractors of domain privacy further argued that when a brick-and-mortar business firm could able to protect the personal data of the owner, why not the domain owners could do the same?

Those who adopted neutral stance thought that there are both advantages and disadvantages of domain proxy. They feel that the domains could be registered by giving out pen name instead of original name and office address or PO Box number in place of residential address of a domain owner.

Domain Proxy Services

Now there are few companies who offer domain proxy services and amongst them whoisproxy is one reputed company. A domain proxy service generally includes protection from identity theft, stalking, spamming, data-mining etc. Proxy services offer protection against harassment too.

A word of caution to those people who wish to opt for domain proxy protection services is that they must provide accurate, reliable and correct details about registrant’s name, address and email id. Proxy service providers extend protection for all these details. But if there is any violation from the registrant in providing accurate information would lead to not only locking of the domain but the same might be taken away by ICANN the global supervising body of domains.

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About Souvik Banerjee

Web Developer and SEO Specialist with 10+ years of experience in open source web development. He is also the moderator of this blog (www.rswebsols.com)

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