Along with the rapid advancement of technology comes the increasing number of people taking advantage of today’s modern ways. The Internet is one of the biggest breakthroughs in the history of technology. Here, you have access to all sorts of information, and you can even shop for various products and services. But the thing is, there’s almost always a downside to everything. Besides being a source of information, the Internet is also used as a medium to exploit others.
Some people use the Internet for their deceitful business schemes. Have you ever received an email from an anonymous person, informing you about their discounted products/services and hottest deals? These are actually spam messages or unwanted emails we don’t want to see in our inbox. They’re simply annoying and can be a little disturbing, especially when you’ll start wondering how in the world they were able to get hold of your email address in the first place!
What Is a Domain Name?
For business owners who want to create and run their own website, it’s highly recommended that you register your own domain name to improve your business or brand’s credibility. After all, who would want to do online business with you if you don’t have a registered domain name for your website?
A domain name simply refers to the name of your website. It is used to identify one or more IP addresses. Domain names are used in URLs to identify specific web pages. For example, in the URL //yournamehere.com/index.html, the domain name would be //yournamehere.com.
Each and every domain name comes with a suffix that indicates which top-level domain (TLD) it belongs to. Some examples of such domains include .com, .org, .info, .gov, .edu, and .net, among many others.
You don’t have to be in a big company in order to have a domain name since any individual can register one for himself.
How to Register a Domain Name
There are plenty of ways you can do to register a domain name. Here are some of them:
You can register a domain name directly through The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers’ (ICANN) domain name registrar. ICANN is an organization designated by the government to monitor and manage domain names.
If you don’t want to go through the process of registering your domain with ICANN, you can opt to register it through a web host like BlueHost. The company will register the domain name on your behalf, which is convenient on your part.
How Can I Protect My Personal Information with a BlueHost Account?
Once you’ve registered a domain name, ICANN will require your personal information, like your real name, home and/or business address, email address, and contact number. This will be listed in a publicly accessible WHOIS database. And since everyone can see your personal information on this database, it would mean that anyone can find and contact you as the owner of a domain name. And by anyone, this includes spammers, hackers, identity thieves, and marketing companies. This can be quite risky on your part, especially if you’re running an online business.
BlueHost provides a service called Domain Privacy which will protect your personal information online. Domain Privacy will serve as your website’s shield, so to speak. With BlueHost’s Domain Privacy, only your contact information will be displayed in the public database. They will replace the rest with generic information. This way, your identity online is well-guarded and you can still update your contact details as mandated by ICANN.
How to Update Your BlueHost WHOIS Domain Contact Information
As required by ICANN, you have to update your contact information as the domain owner. You can follow these simple steps in updating your contact details through BlueHost:
- Log in to cPanel.
- Look for the Domains section and click on Domain Manager. You will then be directed to another page.
- On the left portion of the panel, click to highlight the domain. Tabs will pop out on the right side.
- In the right panel, click on the Contacts
- From there, you will see three sections under Contacts, namely Admin, Registrant, and Choose according to what you would want to update.
- After making the necessary adjustments, click Update Contact Information.
Congratulations, you’re done updating your WHOIS contact information! It will only take a few minutes before the update takes effect in the WHOIS database. Simple and easy, right?