WHOIS that? It's nobody...
January 8, 2008 9:14 AM Subscribe
I recently registered a .co.uk domain name. I've since found out that my full name is visible on a WHOIS. What can I do to hide it?
posted by Don-da-lah to computers & internet (16 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
I've contacted Nominet (the registrar for all .uk names) and they've said that it is possible to change the name by registering it to someone else, but I need to provide proof that the person exists.
Basically, I just want no personally identifying information to be available online. I don't mind a completely wrong address being available, or whatever. Just assume for the purposes of this question that I'm extremely paranoid. Ahem.
1] Would it be simplest to pay a friend to "take over" the domain name? Nominet are requesting a utility bill as proof that the other person exists, so obviously it has to be someone real.
2] Could I register the domain as a business, but put no personal information in the business address box? I'd just give it a try, but I don't want to mess up again.
Are there any other options I should consider?
I'd like to be able to use the name, but if there is no way of hiding myself, then I'm prepared to not-use it. Nominet do have a privacy option for individuals, but it only hides the address, not the name.