A domain name is your own permanent address on the Internet. This article explains how to check who owns a domain name.
The WHOIS database will show the name, postal address, telephone number and e-mail address record for who currently owns a given registered domain name. Looking up WHOIS information via the internet for a domain is quite common.
Why use WHOIS Lookup
Using the WHOIS Lookup, you could easily,
- Lookup admin contact information and Registrant Name information
- Check the final expiration date of your domain
- Check the DNS and the Name Server details
WHOIS privacy protection
ICANN, requires every Domain Registrar to maintain a publicly accessible “WHOIS” database displaying all contact information (your personal contact information such as name, address, email address, and even phone number) for all domain names registered.
This policy enables spammers, direct marketers, identity thieves to use the contact information from the WHOIS database. Due to the privacy concerns, most of the domain registrant will include free WHOIS privacy protection. Your domain registrant will act as a forwarding service for your contact information , allowing the WHOIS information to show contact details of the domain registration company instead of your’s and protect your personal information from being exposed to the public. Eventhough different contact information is shown, you retain full legal ownership and control over your domain name.