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WHOIS Opt out?
SirTalksalot




msg:3215922
 1:50 pm on Jan 11, 2007 (gmt 0)

Is there a way of opting out of WHOIS for .com sites likes you can for .co.uk? Or maybe a way around it?

It's unbelieveable that in this day and age, we are forced to put our personal details on a database for the whole web to see.

 

Terabytes




msg:3215955
 2:15 pm on Jan 11, 2007 (gmt 0)

If you're putting out a quality website, and you have a reputible business, what's the problem?

If you use shady tactics, or try to post slander, etc, then I can see where you might not want anybody to know...

in this "day and age", I believe is all about accountability for what you post...

(just my opinion...)

Philosopher




msg:3215966
 2:20 pm on Jan 11, 2007 (gmt 0)

There are always valid reasons for not wanting your whois details displayed.

I use it all the time to avoid junk mail, solicitations, etc.

Most registrars these days offer "private registration" for an extra fee (some offer it free). It basically puts a third party's information in place of yours and any relevant contacts are forwarded to you.

gpmgroup




msg:3216787
 12:18 am on Jan 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

Didn't .us opt to ban whois proxy agents about a year ago?
Has this caused any problems?

davezan




msg:3216899
 2:27 am on Jan 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

Is there a way of opting out of WHOIS for .com sites likes you can for .co.uk? Or maybe a way around it?

Currently there's no opting out of WHOIS for .com domain names. But as the others have said, you can use your registrar's WHOIS privacy or another set of contact data (if any).

Didn't .us opt to ban whois proxy agents about a year ago?
Has this caused any problems?

The .US Registry completely banned WHOIS proxy services for .US domain names. And a lot of registrants lost theirs.

jtara




msg:3216943
 4:28 am on Jan 12, 2007 (gmt 0)

(1) Postal mailbox. (Much cheaper than a private mailbox.)

(2) Voice-mail service. (Can be as cheap as free. You usually get this as a free service with VOIP dial-in numbers, and at least one VOIP service is now offering free dial-in.)

(3) Disposible Email Address. (A service that will let you create I think 200 addresses is only $10/year).

(4) Use a company name and role, rather than a personal name.

If you have more than a small handful of domains, this is cheaper than privacy services, and certainly looks more legitimate.

lysglimt




msg:3218560
 9:06 pm on Jan 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

If you are doing bulk private registrations look around for discount pricing. Bulk can be as low as a fifth of the regular price level. Sometimes you will need to ask for the discount, or alterntive site url's.

66sore




msg:3218600
 10:05 pm on Jan 13, 2007 (gmt 0)

Many hosts/registrars allow you to shield your whois info so a casual look at the whois just has the host/registrar info.

wmuser




msg:3218674
 12:09 am on Jan 14, 2007 (gmt 0)

There is no way to opt out of .com hwois info but can buy anonimious whois info which will hide your actual whois info from whois checkers but not from registry.

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