When you register a domain, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, or ICANN for short, requires that you have valid contact information on file including your mailing address. Since domains are “virtual real-estate” this is how they keep up with who owns the “title” or “rights” to your asset.
Just like property records are public right, so are domains through the Whois database. Using websites such as Domain Tools you can search any domain and return the contact information of the owner including name, email address, phone number, and mailing address.
This is fine and dandy for those with office addresses, but what about individuals who don’t want their home address plastered throughout the Internet?
As with any information publicly available online, spammers and scammers have found ways to harvest that data and solicit business. This can be especially annoying if you live in a condo or somewhere with a limited mailbox. From my experience, it seems like every name I register with my information, I receive 10 new pieces of mail a month (especially the first year of registration).
This is why we developed Whois Hero. Using custom technology we’re able to “mask” customer information with our information, but still forward important emails and physical mail:
Using our Managed Cloud Platform we simply create a unique email address for each domain you register with us and use our SPAM filters to deliver the important emails straight to your inbox.
Currently, Whois Hero is only available to customers of Name Hero for $2.98 per domain per year. Other companies, such as Network Solutions, charge as much as $1 a month per domain! We feel that is a bit excessive.
If you don’t currently have Whois Hero enabled on your domain we highly encourage you do so. If you’re using another domain registrar feel free to transfer your name today and experience the Name Hero difference!
Ryan Gray is the founder and CEO of NameHero, one of the fastest growing independent web hosts in the United States. Ryan has been working online since 1998 and has over two-decades experience in Internet Entrepreneurship.