A high number of visitors may want to check out the owner of the website that they are visiting. A primary reason for this is that potential buyers want to know whether they will be able to receive an item or two that they plan to purchase. This is because there are a lot of fraudulent business website that promise fast and reliable shipping but sometimes some buyers are left with nothing a week or two later.This further worsens when there is no reply to shipment delivery complaints sent by the buyers. These problems make it harder for legitimate business websites to successfully operate.
Registering Website Domains
What most potential buyers and website visitors do not know is that business website domains are strictly required to be registered. The government required business website owner to register their websites as if these are brick-and-mortar businesses. The reason for this is that
When registering, the website owner will need to provide some basic personal information such as:
- Contact information
- Home address
Unfortunately, some of the personal information required from the new website owner may be shown publicly. This is perceived to be potentially dangerous to the website owner due to the high incidence of identity theft. Identity theft is one of the most difficult problems for the website owner since malicious individuals can use the information to make another business website for the purpose of defrauding potential buyers of their credit card information. This is where business website regulators come in, since they reveal business websites that are duly registeredin their state and those who are not.
Business Website Regulators
Website regulators such as the International Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) are now requiring website owners to register their domains to be included in the Whois database. The purpose of this is to allow potential buyers to determine the legibility of the website since they can now easily communicate with the website owner for potential problems.
Website owners can register their business websites in their residential area if they are home based, on the virtualoperating area, or in the area where they have an actual brick-and mortar store. Icann requires the website owner to provide the four most important information fields such as the:
- Registrant’s name
- Mailing address
- Email address•
- Phone number
What is WhoIs?
The Whois query protocol is used to get some basic information about the website and its registered owner. This is easily done by using free Whois Lookup search engines such as www.domaintools.com. Due to the ease of use of this application, the personal information of the website owner can be easily collected. This is the reason why most business owners prefer to make use of the privacy option service offered by their web host provider.
WebHostingHub Privacy Options
Whois used on its own is beneficial to potential buyers from business websites but unfortunately it can be used to acquire the personal information of established website owners. Most new website owners do not like their personal information to be easily seen since they are vulnerable to malicious acts from unknown individuals. This information can be used by website and online marketers to send them product offerings aside from the spam mail.
To minimize this security concern some web host providers offer a Domain Privacy feature so that the personal information of the website owner is kept private. The service is not included in the basic packages offered to existing and new website owners and may be used for an additional fee. Domain names typically do not have a default domain privacy option.
Benefits of the Privacy Option Feature
The advantage of using the Privacy Option feature for WebHostingHub is that the web host provider will be the one initially receiving all the mails sent to the website owner. This means that the
- email address
- Contact information
- Postal address•
- Phone number
Of the web host provider is placed as the personal information of the registered owner of the business website. Only the name of the registered owner will actually be the real information given out to the public by the web host provider.
An additional service offered by the web host provider is that the emails sent to the website owner will be filtered out. All of the emails or the filtered emails are then sent to a private email address setup by WebHostingHub for the website owner. Depending on the package, WebHostingHub can filter out sales calls, unwanted solicitations, spam, and even domain-related junk mails. This is beneficial to the business owner on a long term basis since the time spent removing junk mail from the email inbox will be minimized. The additional benefit of paying for the privacy option is that the website owner has a lower risk for fraud, harassment, and identity theft.