In today’s world, information is readily available with the click of a mouse or touch of a screen. As an IT professional, you understand better than anyone the importance of data, how it enhances the daily workflow of your team and how it makes the lives of your customers easier and more convenient. But what happens when this information gets in the wrong hands?
Cyberattacks, data breaches and the misuse of personal information can cost a company over $3.5 million – a number that can be severely detrimental anytime and especially in the coronavirus (COVID-19) economy.
One way hackers gather data from your company is by accessing the information used to register the domain name for your business website. How can you protect against this tactic and ensure that your corporate and customer data remains safe and secure? Domain privacy protection can be an effective answer.
Nine out of 10 IT professionals believe their company’s personal data is susceptible to cyberattacks and data breaches at any time, no matter how careful they are. One added layer of protection that many IT decision makers use to their advantage is domain privacy protection. When you are registering a domain name, your personal information is stored in a Whois (pronounced as the phrase “who is”) database. A Whois directory contains your personal information (like your address and phone numbers, domain name and internet protocol (IP) address). The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) regulates domain name registration and ownership.
Based on your domain registration, domain hijackers can infiltrate the Whois database, identify you as a website owner and capture your private information and personal data. Domain privacy protection is offered by domain registrars to protect your personal data in the Whois records from unauthorized people. Investing in this service will ensure that your personal information is hidden from public view to keep it private and protect you from identity theft.
A Whois lookup is a way for people to search the public Whois database to find specific information about your domain name, such as the current registrant, registrant information and expiration date. When someone enters a domain name into a Whois directory search bar, a request is sent to the public Whois database of the domain’s registrar or registry and the stored record is displayed. Unfortunately, some people have devious intentions when attempting to gather this information and will use it in online attacks to create data breaches and gather more of your personal information.
To protect you and your company from having your personal information fall into the wrong hands, most domain registrars offer domain privacy protection. You should take advantage of this important service for the following reasons:
Personal information protection.
Domain privacy protection helps to ensure that your company address, phone numbers, email addresses and other data are not available through the Whois system. This will make it harder for hackers to gather this information and use it in illegal ways
Scam and spam calls and emails.
By protecting your phone number and email information, you will be less susceptible to attacks like email phishing in which a hacker poses as a legitimate company to get your employees to open fake emails that could compromise your data. You will also help to prevent unwanted solicitation calls and emails.
Selling of personal information.
Without domain privacy protection, you are in danger of having someone gather all of your company’s private information and sell it to a third party vendor. These vendors provide your information to marketers and organizations that will send you a steady stream of unwanted emails and phone calls.
Potential for competitive insights.
Your domain name registration can be used by your competitors to help them gain insight into your business and the way you operate. Your personal information can be used against you by brands looking to counter your unique advantages and capture your market share.
Unwanted internet traffic.
While some companies like any type of website visitors, letting others gain access to your company’s private data can attract stalkers and hackers. These individuals have no business on your website and are only there for malicious purposes.
With a long history of safely registering business domain names, Network Solutions offers privacy domain registration to safeguard your personal information from spammers, telemarketers and bots.You can also benefit from our easy to use DIY web builders and trusted web hosting services.
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