You probably know by now that owning and maintaining a domain name will require you to declare your personal information, like your name, mailing address, business address, phone number and other contact data. You really don’t a choice on the matter. It is necessary to properly identify you as the real owner of the domain name.


ICANN’s Whois database

ipage - graphictop ipage - home servers icannICANN, which stands for Internet Corporation for Assigned Names & Numbers, is the international regulating agency of domain names. To be able to claim and own it, ICANN has required that domain names be registered with accredited domain registrars, such as iPage. On the other hand, domain registrars are required to maintain a Whois database of all the registered domain names.

The Whois database contains, not just the registered domain names, but also the name of its owner, phone number, address and other pertinent contact details. It literally answers the query ‘who is?’. But who is allowed to put that query? The general public, of course. It means that anybody under the sun can poke and pry the Whois database. As such, it is mandatory for this database to be accessible to them 24/7. There are even search engines, which are developed for the sole purpose of looking into Whois databases. If you count yourself as one of those who value privacy, you might really think twice before venturing into this. People from all walks of life can directly communicate with you. Consequently, your risk against online misuses and abuses, such as spam mails, online hacking, identity theft and unauthorized disclosures, will surely soar. Is there an appropriate solution for this? Yes, there is.

iPage private Whois application

ipage - privateiPage has the appropriate solution by designing its own private Whois application, called the iPage Domain Privacy. This will secure you away from the snooping general public. It will guard your personal and contact information from those people you have no intention of doing business with, such as spammers, online hackers and swindlers.


Does iPage Domain Privacy really work?

Yes, it does. With an iPage Domain Privacy in your website, its contact information will be the one seen and used in the Whois database of your domain name. As such, you will not be distracted and pestered with inconsequential emails, communications and queries. iPage will receive all these for you. What a relief, right?iPage can also review and classify these communications for your easier assessment. Subsequently, these will be forwarded to you via the following:

ipage - mail evelopeEMAIL OR WEBMAIL Those who emailed you will have to email you again by giving out first their personal and contact information. Those who filled out the corresponding information form will then be forwarded to you. The rest will be discarded.

ipage - envelope POSTAL MAIL Registered mails will be forwarded to your contact address as recorded in the administrative file. Non-registered mails will be set aside.

ipage - phoneTelephone. Callers will be requested to send their letters via registered postal mail or email.


How much does it cost?

ipage - moneyIt costs only $8.99 per year, which is less than a dollar per month. Other web hosting providers offer this at higher rate of $2 to $10 per month.iPage’s Domain Privacy rate is certainly lower and affordable. You can purchase this at iPage’s add-on service.


Would there be a need to disable it once in a while?

ipage - disableYes, there might be a need to disable it temporarily. There will be times when you need to display your contact information in the Whois database to identify you as the owner of the domain name. Or you might want to receive directly all forms of communications addressed to you.To be able to do these things, you simply disable the iPage Domain Privacy application. If you want it back, just enable it again by following a few steps provided therein.


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