What is domain privacy and do I need it?

What is domain privacy and do I need it?

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When you register a .com or .net domain name, your personal contact information such as name, email address and phone number is stored in a publicly accessible database known as WHOIS.

As a result, it is possible for spammers to review the WHOIS database and attempt to contact you. This can include fictitious renewal notifications, offers for website or search engine optimisation reviews or general unsolicited emails.

To prevent this, you can purchase a Domain Privacy product when you purchase your domain name. Domain Privacy prevents unauthorised visitors from viewing your personal information, while allowing access to the necessary people so that official communications such as renewal notices from your service provider can be sent to you.

Australian domain names have different policies and include a higher level of protection of personal information. Only the registrant entity, contact names and email addresses details are available to the public from the .au WHOIS.

You can add Domain Privacy to your website through your domain name registrar. If your domain name registrar doesn’t provide this service, we can transfer your domain name to our servers and offer this to you.

If you would like more information on Domain Privacy, please contact us.

Are you the master of your domain name?

Are you the master of your domain name?

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A domain name is a part of your business, and as such is an important asset. We strongly believe that you should own your domain name and website. Not only will you have control of how it operates, you can make changes without the need to go back to the website designer and it will enable you to receive notices directly from the domain name registrar when your domain name comes up for renewal.

Over the years, CyberGuru have looked after a number of clients who may have had their website designed previously by someone else, perhaps another professional, website designer, colleague, friend or family member. What we have noticed with several of these is that the website’s domain name (eg. cyberguru.com.au), has been registered in the domain name registrar’s records under the name of the designer, not the business owner.

When CyberGuru registrars a domain name for a client, we ensure that they are the owner and registrant. We also set the chosen contact for administrative, technical and billing contact listed to be them also or we can management to oversee this on their behalf. However, the business owner remains the registrant and the owner of the domain name at all times.

If you don’t know if you are the owner or registrant of your domain name, we strongly suggest you check. If you check your domain name to ensure you are the owner, you can do so using the AusRegistry WHOIS Lookup (for Australian domain names such as .com.au and .net.au) or ICANN WHOIS Lookup (for generic domain names such as .com). If you find that you are not listed, then it is worthwhile contacting your website designer or person listed to adjust accordingly. Alternatively, CyberGuru may be also assist with this should you require assistance. If you are looking to purchase a new domain name, why not look at our Domain names page for more information.