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Why isn't WHOIS info private by default?

Discussion in 'BlackHat Lounge' started by Roparadise, May 18, 2013.

  1. Roparadise

    Roparadise BANNED BANNED

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    Whats the purpose for domain register companies to allow anyone to know the details of someone that owns a wesbite, if they don't pay to have it hidden? With all the crazy people out there, it seems like it would be in the customers best interest to keep it hidden by default without any extra fee or just a 1 year trial
     
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    Goal Line Technology Senior Member

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    It is called diversification.
    more angles = more profits for those companies in that sector,
    unfairly or otherwise, it is what it is.
     
  3. Leith

    Leith Jr. Executive VIP Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    Namecheap gives you a free year of WHOIS privacy.
     
  4. Roparadise

    Roparadise BANNED BANNED

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    But it shouldn't be available to anyone the details of who owns a website,its only beneficial to law enforcement after a court order or during a civil case during a court order.
     
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    It's a way for them to make extra money.... If you want privacy you have to pay for it.
     
  6. Chees

    Chees Regular Member

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    Whois is not private by default because that would defeat the purpose
     
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    Zapdos Power Member

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    Because privacy protection isn't just some switch that is flipped. Privacy protection replaces your information with a companies and they become the middle man. You're paying for forwarding services.
     
  8. jazzc

    jazzc Moderator Staff Member Moderator Jr. VIP

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    Here 's a crazy idea for you - become a domain registrar and offer private whois for free to your clients. That 'll show 'em :D
     
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    to understand you need to go back to how the internet started, with openness being a core principle.

    back in the day, registrars were only dealing with universities and such, there was no need to hide that infos.

    now, today, things are different... there's no way the registrars would give privacy for "free" when they can charge for it.

    perhaps a registrar will give it for free (forever) to get an edge, or whatever.. but its here to stay.