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Frequently Asked Questions

What is WHOIS?

WHOIS is a database that lists every registered domain name in the world. When a WHOIS query is submitted, it returns information such as who owns a domain name and their contact information. In some cases, additional information such as a domain name’s registration and renewal dates are included, as well as any technical and administrative contact details.

To find out who owns a domain name, all you have to do is type the domain on the search box above.

Why is WHOIS data important?

Every time a domain name is registered, registrars need to verify the identity of a domain’s owner or registrant. This information is important because any domain name disputes and technical issues will need to be resolved by the domain name owner.

In some cases, domain names are up for sale and having WHOIS information is a way to determine and generate leads in the sale of a domain name.

Why should I hide my public details?

The WHOIS database lists a registrant’s contact information online and is open to the public. This means that malicious entities such as spammers and identity thieves are able to quickly access this public directory for potential victims. By replacing your information through a privacy service, your information is effectively blocked from public access.

Why is my data public?

WHOIS can trace its roots back to 1982 when a protocol for a directory was established by ARPANET users. Initially, the directory simply listed contact information that was requested by anyone transmitting data across the ARPANET.

However, as the internet became available to more users, WHOIS began to serve the need of different stakeholders that ranged from registrants, governments and corporations. WHOIS data was decided to be open to the public to ensure that all stakeholders, from registrants and domain investors, to government agencies and corporations are able to quickly determine who owns a domain name online.

Why do some WHOIS queries have more information than others?

WHOIS information for .COM and .NET domains are displayed under a “thin registry” structure. A “thin” registry only includes data such as the domain’s registrar, status of the domain name and the registration and expiration date of a domain name.

On the other hand, the majority of domain extensions under ICANN fall under a WHOIS category called a “thick registry.” WHOIS data contained within a “thick” registry provide more information regarding a domain name because it pulls complete data from the registrar.

How can I hide my public contact details from the WHOIS database?

For Canadians with a .CA domain name, the Canadian Internet Registration Authority (CIRA) automatically provides domain privacy be default. However, non .CA domain names will need to purchase an additional service called a Domain Privacy service. Once purchased, all registrant information on the WHOIS database is replaced by proxy contact information. In most cases, this information belongs to the operating registrar such as Webnames.ca.

While the details list a registrar or proxy contact information, the true owner of a domain name is still the original registrant.

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