Many domain name registrars provide a service that allows you to mask your information from whois displays for an extra cost on top of the price of registration, although that price varies from company to company. For example, NameCheap's service, WhoisGuard, costs $4.88 per domain per year (although they offer a free year for new registrations and discounts for bulk ordering), GoDaddy's service, Domains By Proxy, costs $7.95 per domain per year, and RegisterFly's service, ProtectFly, costs $0.99 per domain per year. There are many more, so check with whichever registrar you prefer to see if they offer a similar service.
I don't know how it is with RegisterFly but it is very easy to keep your contacts in private with GoDaddy. Anyway my point is that is better to keep the information about domain ownership in public. Site owners are more responsible for the content then.
Different privacy protection services have different features.
With Godaddy they display an address which is [email protected]. You have user selectable options to allow all forwarding, spam filter forwarding, or block all forwarding (the default). You need to request your Domainsbyproxy account number (different from your registry account number) to manage your options. You usually apply your domain to Domainsbyproxy at the time you order the Domainsbyproxy.
With Namecheap they generate a display email address for you that is [email protected]. This will forward all email.
You have user selectable options from within your Namecheap control panel which can change that address, making the previous addresses non-functional. You can stay ahead of the spammers by selecting options to periodically generate new addresses. Namecheap provides a unit of Whoisguard, and then you go into your control panel to apply it to your domain if you want to. It's a good idea to do this right away before whois data becomes available to the spammers.
I'm not sure of the exact options for Registerfly. I think it's just privacy turned on or off.
RegisterFly's proxy email address was [email protected] and has been far from reliable. MX server (mail.spamfly.com) sometimes (and currently is) went down for days. Support doesn't want to resolve it quickly.
Recently they revised their system. The new address is [email protected] and it is working... for now.
I looked for a private whois service on http://www.namecheap.com/ and couldn't find one advertised. Their home page says "Your Information will be visible in WHOIS" which is a strange thing to advertise. Is that a typo?
Originally posted by Wassercrats I looked for a private whois service on http://www.namecheap.com/ and couldn't find one advertised. Their home page says "Your Information will be visible in WHOIS" which is a strange thing to advertise. Is that a typo?
Hmm, I haven't noticed that before, and that is kind of strange. But for more information on their WhoisGuard, check out this page, or their Specials page for the free WhoisGuard offer.