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WhoIs Privacy Protection: Is Your Domain Registrar Ripping You Off?

If your domain registrar *cough* GoDaddy *cough* is charging you for it they are ripping you off.

It’s been free on most domain registrar’s since a year ago due to GDPR regulations.

It’s free on Google Domains, NameCheap, and other reputable domain registrars.

Here’s NameCheap’s statement on it:

WhoisGuard by Namecheap is a service that offers privacy protection for your domain, keeping your sensitive data safe. Because your data is as important to us as it is to you.

WhoisGuard hides this information from spammers, marketing firms, and online fraudsters… Because at Namecheap, we care about your privacy protection.

https://www.namecheap.com/security/whoisguard/

But If you think Namecheap is being generous, don’t be fooled – Because of new GDPR regulations, revealing personal info is illegal thus WHOIS records is illegal.

NameCheap was forced to make this change (they used to sell WhoIS) and they did a PR spin on it when realities it’s just to comply with GDPR.

I have used NameCheap for years and really like their chat support, but I will call them out as I see it.

For buying domains I do recommend either Google Domains or NameCheap.

Google Domains has less upsells but each domain costs a little more than NameCheap. And because it’s Google, you aren’t going to get much customer support from them whereas with NameCheap, I’ve literally hit up their 24/7 customer service chat and ask them to set up a domain for me and connect it to my website.

Domain registrar companies to avoid:

  1. Godaddy
  2. Godaddy
  3. Godaddy

Did I mention GoDaddy?

They are more expensive than Namecheap AND they will upsell you on “protection” that are so crappy they won’t protect you from anything. And they have poor customer service (as of the last time I checked, you couldn’t even chat with their customer service on their website. Namecheap on the other hand responds fast to your chats and if you don’t know how to set your domain up, will set it up for you.

Oh and GoDaddy have been known to inject javascript code into your site that you have to opt-out of. How do you opt out of something they just implemented and didn’t tell anyone? For the non-techies, it’s basically injecting viruses into your site for their benefit and for them to get data and referrals from. It should be illegal but US laws haven’t caught up to modern digital area. Avoid GoDaddy at all costs (and it’s not really at all costs because other domain sellers are cheaper and better haha).

I wouldn’t even search your domain on GoDaddy, they’ve used to buy up domains people search and resell it to those people at a higher price when those people come back the next day to buy again.

From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domain_tasting

“By February 2007, the CEO of Go Daddy reported that of 55.1 million domain names registered, 51.5 million were canceled and refunded just before the 5 day grace period expired and only 3.6 million domain names were actually kept.”

“In January 2008, Network Solutions was publicly accused of this practice when the company began reserving all domain names searched on their website for five days,[7] a practice known as domain name front running.”

Another thing to watch out for: when these domain companies try to upsell you on HTTPS/SSL Encryption, don’t buy it. Yes SSL is a must have BUT you can get it for free. I actually go over how to get it here (read the second to last paragraph).

References:

1: https://www.eff.org/…/privacy-afterthought-icanns…

2: https://www.theregister.co.uk/…/whois_icann_gdpr_europe/

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