Have you ever registered a domain name? If you have a blog or website it’s likely you have. (If you plan on starting a blog or website, take note!)
I think it’s an excellent idea for most people to at least register their name as a domain, if possible. I’ve registered all my kids’ names too. It is very inexpensive to do so and given our internet-centric culture, it’s likely they will come in handy at some point, even for those who never think it will.
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The main question…
Are your domains registered privately?
Any reputable domain registrar like Namecheap will give you the option of adding privacy protection to your domain when you register it.
If you don’t add privacy protection, the contact information you use during the domain registration process is easily accessible to anyone.
Many, many people use their home address and phone number to register their domain(s), not knowing this information becomes publicly available. Yikes! This is why I highly recommend adding Domain Name Privacy Registration when you set things up. For $10 a year or so, it’s well worth the cost.
How to check if your personal information is private
Check the WhoIs database.
- Go here and type in your domain.
- Scroll down and make sure none of your personal information is there. Remember, this database is accessible to anyone, so if you can see it, so can anyone else by simply going through the same steps.
Here’s the info for AmyLynnAndrews.com. It looks overwhelming at first, but looking closely, you’ll see the parts that should be reviewed. (I highlighted portions below to show you.)
All the highlighted parts here contain the info of my privacy service so I’m good to go. But what if yours is not?
How to change your domain so it’s private
- Login to your account.
- Click My Account in the top menu bar.
- Click “Your Domains” in the right column.
- Click the domain you want to check.
- At the top of the next screen, you’ll see whether Whoisguard is enabled or not. Follow the prompts or contact support if it’s not.
Other: Contact support for the hosting company or domain registration company you used to register your domain.
Want to know more about choosing a domain?
Read this post.