What's in the WHOIS?
The WHOIS database is a searchable list of every single domain name currently registered in the world. To find out who owns a particular domain name, all you have to do is type it into the box above.
The Internet Corporation of Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) requires accredited registrars like GoDaddy.com to publish the registrant's contact information, domain name creation and expiration dates and other information in the WHOIS listing as soon as a domain name is registered.
So everyone can see my information?
The short answer is, yes. The name, address and phone number you submit when you register your domain name is publicly accessible by anyone at any time. This may be good news if you have a domain name you'd like to sell. Or it may be bad news if your name and contact info is collected by a spammer, hacker or other cyber-criminal.
How can I protect my privacy?
To keep your personal data from falling into the wrong hands, GoDaddy.com offers Private Registration through our partner, Domains By Proxy®. Instead of displaying your personal information in the WHOIS database for all to see, Domains By Proxy will replace it with their own. The domain name will still belong to you - except now, you and Domains By Proxy will be the only ones who know it. See the difference.
What about my business? I want people to find me.
For businesses, GoDaddy.com offers Deluxe Registration. Use this "virtual business card" to drive traffic to your website and increase the reach of your existing marketing efforts - without sacrificing your privacy. For domain names you can't afford to lose, there's Protected Registration. It prevents accidental or malicious domain name transfers and includes Private and Business Registration FREE. Find out more.