Hiding Your Domain Identity

Submitted by Mark D. Shapiro | Category: Web Services | Published on Jul 06, 2011
Others might hide their domain name ownership for privacy, or for other business reasons, but one should know the possible drawbacks.

Who would you trust more? People and companies that tell or show you what their real situations and identities are, or those who hide things? On the web, transparency is usually the best policy.

When I see a blocked (hidden) phone number, or a web site with a domain that hides by their ownership by using some "proxy" service, an email address from "info" or "sales", instead of a real name, or a postal envelope with no return address, it makes me less likely to respond the way the sender or web site wanted me to respond.

Domain Names Most things in life are not binary. Reality occurs mostly within the gray areas. Sometimes people hide domain ownership so they will not be bothered, and may have some privacy - and those are noble goals. However many actions you take, in some way, will eventually cause a reaction from something or someone that affects you in some way.

What does it mean to hide your domain ownership? It's when one uses a domain name proxy service, a privacy service, or some other way to cloak their contact information. When your domain is cloaked by proxy, typing "whois domain.com" into a search-based web site such as Google, or some other search sites, will not show your real name, address, email address, or phone number.

There may be some very good reasons to hide your domain ownership information. For example, if you are selling something that could be illegal or might offend people, hiding your real domain name ownership might make a lot of sense. Be aware that the government, a court, (and even perhaps a private investigator) can undo any cloaking attempts, and find your actual information.

Others might hide their domain name ownership for privacy, or for other business reasons, but one should know the possible drawbacks. Some people may not do business with you, and some will spend more of your time, trying to find out, or asking you who you or your company really are.

When your domain name ownership is cloaked, you are actually sending a message that you are hiding something. These days, why give people one less reason to trust what you are communicating or selling?

"Whois" started as a way of finding servers and names on a computer or network.  For most people, these days "Whois" means to look up domain name ownership information.

These days, most "whois" companies you find on the web want to charge you to see the full details. Your ISP (Internet Service Provider) or Domain Name Registration provider might have a Whois service as a tool on their web site.

Even your email address host domain can cause people to not see or trust your email. Spam is one of the problems with the first companies that gave away free email accounts to anyone.  Such companies are, for example, live.com, netscape.com, and hotmail.com. Many such popular and free domains are used by spammers.  Even if you are real, some spam software and servers, block live.com, and some even block hotmail.com domain-based email addresses.

Most legitimate people and companies that hide their domain ownership with a proxy service, will tell you who they are, and their contact information is, if you ask. The ones that will not - maybe you should not be doing business with them?


Mark D. Shapiro - Judgment Referral Expert  - http://www.JudgmentBuy.com - where Judgments go to get Purchased or Enforced!


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