Anyone used Heart Internet Domain Privacy Service

  CodeMeister 11:45 12 Oct 2007

I noticed that Heart Internet have started offering a Domain Privacy service which means that for a small fee (£4.99 per year) they will hide the domain owners contact details from the WhoIs database.

With so much identity theft going on at the moment, I think this is a great idea, although I can see that it would make it difficult to verify the legitimate owner of a website.

Has anyone used the service or does anyone have any views on this service ? Heart Internet are not the first company to offer this type of service.

  Forum Editor 19:13 12 Oct 2007

1. Yes

2. Yes - it's an excellent idea for people who would rather not have their identities available to anyone who fancies running a WHOIS search.

  SimpleSimon1 08:59 16 Oct 2007

It's also worth noting that, if you're a non-trading individual in the UK, Nominet UK offer you the option of withholding your contact details, for free.

I just registered a new domain via Heart and when the Nominet email arrived, the link on it let me update various information including setting the option for privacy. A WhoIs now reports:

"The registrant is a non-trading individual who has opted to have their address omitted from the WHOIS service."

and the privacy option on the Heart Internet Control Panel is greyed-out.

  CodeMeister 11:14 16 Oct 2007

Thanks very much for that Simon.

Yes, the domain privacy only applies to .com, .net, .org, .info, .biz or .name domain names.

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