Currently the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) broadly requires that the mailing address, phone number and e-mail address of those owning/managing a domain name to be made publicly available through the "WHOIS" directories. However, that policy enables spammers, direct marketers, identity thieves, or other attackers to loot the directory for personal information about these people.
Did you know that anyone with a computer can look up the registration information on any domain out there? That’s right. A simple Whois search will render any/all information associated with the domain queried. YOUR information. For instance:
- Your name
- Your address
- Your phone number
- Your city
- Your email address
Would you be interested in having someone show up on your doorstep one night asking about your domain? How about answering the phone to an unknown caller who got your number from a Whois search? Doesn’t sound fun does it? It’s not.
Now, this isn’t to scare you into rushing to your registrar and signing up for domain privacy. It’s to inform you of the ‘possibilities’ of leaving your personal information ‘out there’ for anyone to gather.