Any Advantage To NOT Enabling Whois Protection?

by Thomas 8 replies
Hello Warriors:

As I suspect many others do, I routinely enable whois protection on all my sites.

While I know some people claim to never buy anything from a site where it isn't available (yeah, right! ), I was wondering if there is any particular advantage to NOT enabling it?

For example, do the search engines look at it differently?

Or are there any other changes that happen when whois information as available (aside from being spammed to death... I'm thinking of any positive changes!).

Tommy.
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  • Profile picture of the author Matt Hoey
    How do i enable it in the first place?
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    • Profile picture of the author waken
      Originally Posted by Matt Hoey View Post

      How do i enable it in the first place?
      It's a separate purchase Matt. Better known as private registration. Here's a sample: WHOIS Example - Domains By Proxy
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      • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
        Tommy,

        I'm one that will generally avoid buying from a site that has no real contact info, if I'm aware of it. And yes, I really have changed my mind about buying based on that factor.

        That said, there is a very real negative to it that has nothing to do with the personal preferences of your customers. If you get accused of spamming, it can be a problem. There are a significant number of people working abuse desks and blacklists that consider anonymous registrations to be a Very Bad Sign.


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          Whois protection would have kept cosmokid from getting badgered into seclusion, yes?
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          • Profile picture of the author Paul Myers
            Whois protection would have kept cosmokid from getting badgered into seclusion, yes?
            In that specific case, no.

            Speaking generally, the only thing that will prevent the worst whackos from targeting you is complete invisibility. Total lack of legitimate contact info.

            On the more positive side, I've heard a lot of stories about people being harrassed online. It does happen. But the number of cases of serious harrassment that were more than nuisance is so small that I don't think it's anything to worry about...

            Unless you have certain personality traits. If you have those, it's very likely you have attracted whackos, stalkers or persistent nuisances offline, too.


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            • Profile picture of the author ExRat
              Hi Waken,

              It's a separate purchase Matt. Better known as private registration. Here's a sample: WHOIS Example - Domains By Proxy
              You get whoisguard free with every new registration at namecheap.

              Hi Mike,
              I've heard people use the being spammed to death for years, but I don't see it.
              I had never had a problem with it, until about two months ago I started getting a lot of emails that were either -

              a) we want to advertise on your site

              b) we want to buy your domain

              The emails all had certain similarities (all from gmail addresses with certain similarities), and at least one of them was also linked to a domain that brought up Nigerian 419 connections when googled. These were to my whois email addresses.
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              • Profile picture of the author TedMarlett
                Big Mike: I've heard people use the being spammed to death for years, but I don't see it. I've never used that type of protection on my domains and I don't see the spam problem everyone claims exists from it.
                I agree with this. I have never had protection on my domains and have never had the problem and I have been online for the past 4 years.
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  • Profile picture of the author WritingMadwoman
    You get to meet some genuine crazy people when they start calling you and even dropping by your house unannounced! :-) Unless you are smart enough to use a separate address and phone number. I learned that one the hard way. LOL

    Other advantages: getting constant calls and emails from people who have "just the thing" to save you thousands in hosting fees, web design, and other services. Who couldn't appreciate all those great opportunities to save money?

    You can also save a few bucks on your domain registration if you keep it public!

    All right, I'm teasing but I can think of hardly any advantages, but I might be a tad jaded. LOL

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    Originally Posted by Thomas View Post

    Hello Warriors:

    As I suspect many others do, I routinely enable whois protection on all my sites.

    While I know some people claim to never buy anything from a site where it isn't available (yeah, right! ), I was wondering if there is any particular advantage to NOT enabling it?

    For example, do the search engines look at it differently?

    Or are there any other changes that happen when whois information as available (aside from being spammed to death... I'm thinking of any positive changes!).

    Tommy.
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