A domain registrar is required to maintain a Whoisdomain name database, which is publicly viewable. When you don’t want your private information to be exposed, what would you do? The article lets you know more about Whois and Whois look-up tool, and how to protect your personal information from others.

What is WHOIS?

Whois is a domain name database, in which the names, addresses, telephone numbers, email addresses and relevant Internet Protocol (IP) addresses of domains registered by businesses, individuals, governments and organizations are recorded. The information stored is called Whois data, which is managed by separate registrars, as well as registries. The domain name registration is handled by registrars, and they are also responsible for assigning IP addresses to registered domain names. 

To become a registrar, an entity should acquire the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) accreditation. Registries, on the other hand, manage generic top-level domains (TLDs) such as .com, .org, and .net by recording the information of organizations and individuals who have taken the domain. 

ICANN is entrusted with the responsibility of maintaining timely and unrestricted access to true Whois information to people by implementing measures. Therefore, you can search the Whois database to find details of any domain name registrant. The registrars and registries help one to access data of domain name registrants.   

What is Whois look-up tool?

If you want to find Whois information for any generic top-level domain names, you can do it on the publicly available Whois look-up tool offered by the ICANN. The tool conducts an extensive search of the databases of registries and registrars, and gives the results, which include the name and contact details of the registrant. 

How to use the Whois look up tool?

There are innumerable Whois look-up tools on the Internet. The one you choose depends on the extent of information you are looking for. If you want to have enough details on a domain name registrant, you need to try the tool with an excellent historical record offered by a leading domain name registrar. To use the Whois look-up tool, you need to:

  • Visit the specific URL
  • On the page, you have to type in the domain name you want to have the information and click on the ‘search’ button. With some registrars, you can refine your domain name search by choosing domains, location or industry.
  • You will be taken to a page that displays the details such as the domain name, registrant, email address, registrar server name, and so on given in the Whois record.
  • The page also offers other information regarding registration, site profile, server stats and for sale.

How does Whois domain name search affect you?

To register a domain name, you are required to provide your personal details, which can be accessed by anyone on Whois directories. Your personal information is exposed to even hackers, spammers and identity thieves, which may not be safe.

What should I do to protect my private information?

With your domain name registrar, you can secure your personal information through the domain privacy services it offers. This helps shield your private details from everyone who accesses the Whois registry. For instance, if you invest in a privacy service, the domain registrar replaces your information in the registry to redirect the query asking for your domain details elsewhere. You can activate domain privacy for a reasonable yearly price. 

If you are looking for a perfect domain name, you can search on the Whoisdomain database, which tells you whether it is available for registration or when is the expiration date of a domain.