Pros & cons of Whois Privacy

Started by Psycho, Apr 08, 2023, 12:16 AM

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I have a few hundred domain names, but some of them may have been moved multiple times over the years. Recently, I noticed that certain domains have been obscured for privacy in all of my contact information.

Another thing that occurred was that I removed privacy protection from one of my domains with Fabulous. When I checked the Whois information today, it only displayed my name as the organization, the correct state, and the correct country. However, there was an additional note saying "EDITED FOR PRIVACY."

In light of these events, I am considering creating a dedicated email account and removing privacy protection from all my domains to display my actual information. This would make sense since I'm selling domains and it might facilitate communication with potential buyers. I anticipate receiving a lot of spam, but it's a trade-off.

I feel a bit embarrassed about this situation because other registrars have made it easier for me to update my contact details and remove privacy protection. It's confusing and frustrating.

Here are my questions regarding this matter:

1. What do you think? Should I completely forgo Whois confidentiality in my case?
2. Will changing my contact information always result in a 60-day transfer lock? I heard some registrars offer a way to bypass this restriction. Can you provide more information?
3. Can I use a mailbox address, or do I need to provide my actual physical address?


In my opinion, having whois confidentiality on a domain reduces the likelihood of potential buyers reaching out to you. It's easier for them to contact you when your contact information is publicly available in whois.

Additionally, if your domain is protected by whois confidentiality, the process of reclaiming it in case of theft becomes significantly more challenging. I've been trying to recover a stolen domain for several years now, and I've learned that valuable domains should not be placed under whois confidentiality.

One alternative is to obtain a business address and provide your name or company name in the whois information. This way, you can maintain a level of privacy while still allowing interested parties to reach out to you.


While displaying your actual information may facilitate communication with potential buyers, it also opens you up to potential privacy and security risks.

1. In your case, it might be beneficial to weigh the pros and cons of complete transparency in Whois information. On one hand, providing accurate contact details can build trust with potential buyers, but on the other hand, it exposes you to spam, unsolicited marketing, and potential security threats. One option to consider is selectively revealing your identity and contact information for domains that are actively being marketed for sale, while maintaining privacy protection for others.

2. Changing contact information on domain names can indeed trigger a 60-day transfer lock with many registrars, as per ICANN regulations. However, some registrars offer domain privacy services that allow you to update your contact details without triggering the transfer lock. It's important to review the specific privacy and transfer lock policies of your registrar, and if necessary, explore alternative registrars that may provide more flexibility in this regard.

3. Regarding the use of a mailbox address versus a physical address, it's essential to comply with ICANN's requirements for accurate and reliable contact information. While using a mailbox address may seem like a practical solution to protect your privacy, it's critical to ensure that the address provided meets the necessary criteria for domain registration. Some registrars may have specific guidelines for the type of address that can be used, and it's advisable to check with your registrar to determine the acceptability of a mailbox address for your domain registrations.

Finding the right balance between transparency and privacy in Whois information involves careful consideration of your specific circumstances, the nature of your domain portfolio, and your risk tolerance. It may also be beneficial to consult with legal and privacy professionals who can provide tailored guidance based on your individual needs and concerns.