What is a WHOIS lookup?

If you are familiar with registering domain names you may have heard of a WHOIS lookup, but for those of you who haven ill discuss it now. Anytime anyone registers a domain name the “Internet Corporation For Assigned Names and Numbers”(a.k.a. ICANN) requires the company that you are registering your domain name through to submit all your personal information into the WHOIS database. This allows anyone to access your personal information, but it is mainly used for checking domain name expiration’s. registrars check domain names when transferring ownership and authorities check domain names when investigating criminal activity. But, the good news to this WHOIS lookup of all your personal information is that most registrars offer private domain name registration which instead of all your personal information being shown in the WHOIS database the registrars is.

 

Primary Source: Network Solutions

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