Business or Personal Website, Your Information Is Protected, For FREE!
When you register a domain with any registrar, regulations require your personal information to be automatically entered into a public directory, that can often be used by hackers and spammers to compile mailing lists and steal domains. Nivek Hosting and the Nivek Hosting Partners offers the Whois Privacy Registration option for FREE to keep your personal details safely hidden.
Masks your personal details in the Public WhoIs Directory
Prevents Domain-Related Spam
Deters Domain Hijackers
Protects you from stalkers and harassers
Includes a private email address that be forwarded to you , filtered or blocked without the sender knowing what address it was sent to
Prevents accidental loss of domain
Makes most accidental or malicious transfers impossible
Protect your domain with automatic scans and continuous security monitoring
Why Privacy Protection?
Your identity is nobody's business, but yours!
Nivek Hosting Partners protects your personal information from hackers, hijackers, and data miners by replacing your name, address and other details in the public WHOIS directory. You retain complete control of the domain, including the rights to sell, renew, cancel or transfer it.
Nivek Hosting is only able to see the information that you provide at time of domain purchase, registration and or hosting account purchase. Nivek Hosting will log this information into their internal billing system for future reference.
Nivek Hosting Partners will only keep this information within their systems and does not share it with anyone other team, company or agency without your written consent.
Thieves who hijack websites hosted on your domain tend to use them to carry out scams, deliver spam and spread malware. Privacy Protection safely hides your personal information hackers need to take control of your domain.
This also prevents them from calling into your Office number you may have listed, pretending to be with a company and using tactics to have the person answering the call accepting charges and/or releasing information that they should not be.
You would be surprised on what they try from this little bit of information.
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NivekHosting.com Official ICANN WhoIs Lookup as of 03/25/2020
Most of the Web Registrant Companies offer their own WhoIs Lookup. It is best to perform an internet search to locate the one that you prefer. Nivek Hosting will always refer you to the Official ICANN WhoIs Look-up Site.
Frequently Asked WhoIs Privacy Questions
WHOIS isn’t an acronym, though it may look like one. In fact, it is the system that asks the question, who is responsible for a domain name or an IP address?
Most of the search engine results, particularly those at the top of the search result hierarchy, link to webpage of registrars attempting to sell domain names and related services. It is not at all intuitive how to access WHOIS in order to find the domain name registrant information. In order to become proficient with WHOIS, it’s important to start in the right place. ICANN organization’s WHOIS look-up tool makes it easier to conduct WHOIS searches.
Every year, millions of individuals, businesses, organizations and governments register domain names. Each one must provide identifying and contact information which may include: name, address, email, phone number, and administrative and technical contacts. This information is often referred to as “WHOIS data.” But the WHOIS service is not a single, centrally-operated database. Instead, the data is managed by independent entities known as “registrars” and “registries.” Any entity that wants to become a registrar must earn ICANN accreditation. Similarly, registries are under contract with ICANN to operate a generic top level domain, such as .COM, .ORG, or one of the new gTLDs such as .STORAGE and .LINK.
Based on existing consensus policies and contracts, ICANN is committed to implementing measures to maintain timely, unrestricted and public access to accurate and complete WHOIS information, subject to applicable laws. To do that, registrars and registries provide public access to data on registered domain names. Anyone can use the WHOIS protocol to search their databases and identify the domain name registrant.
In 2016, new ICANN Bylaws replaced the WHOIS obligations originally established by the expired Affirmation of Commitments. These Bylaws require periodic reviews to assess the effectiveness of the current gTLD Registration Directory Service (RDS, formerly known as WHOIS) and whether its implementation meets the legitimate needs of law enforcement, promoting consumer trust and safeguarding registrant data. In addition, those Bylaws require ICANN organization to use commercially reasonable efforts to enforce its policies relating to RDS, while exploring structural changes to improve accuracy and access to generic top-level domain registration data, as well as considering safeguards for protecting such data.
WHOIS services are provided by registrars and registries for the domain names that they sponsor. Access to this distributed network of independent databases is provided in two ways – through a free web page and through a free Port 43 service. The web page allows real-time access to WHOIS data in individual searches; the Port 43 access allows automated queries by machine. Searches for the full WHOIS contact data for the domain name registrant and the designated administrator and technician, as well as the registration creation and expiration dates can be performed at the registrar’s systems (either through its web page and Port 43 service). A “thin” registry provides minimal information when queried: namely, the registrar, name servers and domain name registration dates. However, a growing number of registries are now transitioning to provide “thick” or full contact data.
ICANN organization’s WHOIS look-up tool provides an additional resource for accessing WHOIS in addition to the access provided by registrars and registries.
WHOIS is used for many purposes. Under ICANN organization’s agreements, WHOIS may be used for any lawful purposes except to enable marketing or spam, or to enable high volume, automated processes to query a registrar or registry’s systems, except to manage domain names. In addition to identifying domain name registrants, WHOIS data also allows network administrators and others to find and fix system problems and to maintain Internet stability. With it, they can determine the availability of domain names, combat spam or fraud, identify trademark infringement and enhance accountability of domain name registrants. WHOIS data is sometimes used to track down and identify domain name registrants who may be posting illegal content or engaging in phishing scams. These are just a few examples of how WHOIS helps maintain a healthy Internet ecosystem.
ICANN requires WHOIS information to be accurate throughout the registration period of a domain name. Until recently, registrars were not required to proactively verify or validate the information provided by domain name registrants. ICANN requires registrars who have signed its 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA) to validate and verify certain WHOIS entries.
Domain name registrants need to carefully follow the instructions of their registrar or risk losing their domain names at the time of registration. A registrar may require a response to an e-mail sent to the email listed in WHOIS or a response from the phone number listed in WHOIS.
Because information can change over time, ICANN requires registrars to provide each domain name registrant with an annual opportunity to review and correct their domain name WHOIS data. They also get a reminder that providing false data can be grounds for cancellation of their domain name registrations. Anyone who submits false data or fails to respond to registrar inquiries related to the accuracy of their data risks having their domain name be cancelled or suspended. Domain name registrants need to respond quickly to inquiries from their registrar related to the accuracy of their contact data to avoid cancellation or suspension.
Conversely, Internet users who find that WHOIS data is incomplete or incorrect can file a complaint with ICANN organizaton, which will forward it to the sponsoring registrar. The registrar will investigate and correct inaccurate data in response to the complaint. Under the 2013 RAA, registrars are also required to reverify and revalidate certain WHOIS fields in response to a WHOIS inaccuracy claim
WHOIS traces its roots to 1982, when the Internet Engineering Task Force published a protocol for a directory service for ARPANET users. Initially, the directory simply listed the contact information that was requested of anyone transmitting data across the ARPANET. As the Internet grew, WHOIS began to serve the needs of different stakeholders such as domain name registrants, law enforcement agents, intellectual property and trademark owners, businesses and individual users. But the protocol remained fundamentally based on those original IETF standards. This is the WHOIS protocol that ICANN inherited when it was established in 1998.
Learn more about the History of WHOIS.
Domain name registrants play a key role in ensuring the accuracy of WHOIS. As a domain name registrant, you are required to provide accurate WHOIS contact data, and maintain its accuracy throughout the term of your registration period.
When you register a domain name, you must give your registrar accurate and reliable contact details, and correct and update them promptly if there are any changes during the term of the registration period. This obligation is part of your registration agreement with the registrar.
If you give wrong information on purpose, or don’t update your information promptly if there is a change, your domain name registration may be suspended or even cancelled. This could also happen if you don’t respond to inquiries by your registrar if they contact you about the accuracy of your contact information.
On an annual basis, your registrar is required to send you an annual reminder of your obligation to maintain the accuracy of your WHOIS contact data. Please review the information provided by your registrar in this reminder carefully and make any necessary corrections. If you find that your WHOIS information is inaccurate, please refer to: About Correcting my WHOIS Data.
Depending on the version of the Registrar Accreditation Agreement your registrar has contracted with ICANN organization, there are different rights, benefits or responsibilities that apply to you. For the version of the Registrar Accreditation Agreement applicable your registrar refer to: http://www.internic.net/alpha.html
- Learn more about the 2013 RAA – Registrant Benefits and Responsibilities as documented in the 2013 Registrar Accreditation Agreement for maintaining accurate WHOIS data.
- Learn more about the 2009 RAA – Registrant Rights and Responsibilities as documented in the 2009 Registrar Accreditation Agreement for maintaining accurate WHOIS data.
Sometimes results may not show any contact information for the actual operator of a domain name and instead display information from a privacy and proxy service. Some registries and registrars offer privacy or proxy services that show only the contact information of the service, to shield users who don’t want their personal information to appear in the database. Their anonymity is not guaranteed since registrars may abide by any legal requirements to share the identity of the customer. Likewise, registries or registrars in countries where privacy laws prohibit the collection and publishing of personal data are not required to break those laws to satisfy WHOIS. Instead, they are eligible to follow ICANN’s procedure for handling conflicts with local law, and to apply for a WHOIS Data Retention Specification Waiver. Privacy issues are still being explored by on-going policy development efforts; see What’s On The Horizon.
WHOIS has been a complex issue within ICANN, and continues to receive attention at the policy level. While this important policy work goes on, ICANN still has the clear responsibility to enforce existing WHOIS provisions with contracted parties in order to fulfill the requirements set forth in their agreements with ICANN. The following links provide mechanisms for users to file complaints with ICANN’s Compliance department on WHOIS related violations:
Dealing with Inaccurate WHOIS Data
WHOIS data is a collection of data about the registered domain name, its name servers and registrar, the domain name creation date, the domain name expiration date, the contact information for the registered name holder, the technical contact, and the administrative contact – to list a few. Learn more about ICANN’s approach for handling complaints related to WHOIS.
If you have an inquiry or a complaint regarding incorrect WHOIS data, please submit a WHOIS Inaccuracy Complaint. The complaint will be forwarded to the sponsoring registrar, who must take reasonable steps to investigate and correct inaccurate data.