Spammers and hackers are hard at work tapping into your internet activities as we speak. You think nothing of your email could be of interest to these people, but they find ways of making it worth something, not to mention the private details of everyone who emails you.
One challenge of enticing people to comment on your blog, buy things online, or even ask a question on your company forum is convincing consumers and community they are safe when they interact on your website. But there are other troubles out there too.
The answer to security seems to be buying an SSL certificate and installing any other safety precautions you can find. Numerous safeguards are available, a list that grows and adapts to keep pace with the sophistication of spamming tactics, but also responds to problems like the Whois list.
This registry publicly displays personal details of domain registrants who aren’t really thinking about how exposed they are. One preventative program, WhoisGuard, is helping subscribers reduce the amount of spam they receive and cuts down on the potential for identity theft and infection from computer viruses.
Firstly, who is Whois?
Visit Whois.net and there you will find a search box asking for a domain name. With this name you can find out who is the registered owner and contact information for that person. There is no cost to perform the search; it’s easy to track people down or discover new targets for your spamming software.
This protective software implants itself into the Whois website and gives subscribers some peace of mind. When someone looks up the name and email address of the person registered to that domain they see a number followed by @whoisguard.com.
Emails are then sifted by WhoisGuard in the hope of filtering out most of the spam and junk. Real email still gets through. Protection can be turned on and off without difficulty.
This greatly reduces the number of illegitimate emails a subscriber receives trying to con him into giving up credit card details or infect his computer with malware. Consumers purchase this from web hosts as an add-on.
How to Get WhoisGuard
When you arrange to have your website hosted, check out the extra services available. One of them could be WhoisGuard. NameCheap appears to be the primary reseller of WhoisGuard and offers this service at an additional fee.
Beware that there has been some controversy about WhoisGuard actually protecting spammers instead of subscribers. Furor appears to have died down somewhat within the last year or two, but check out what customers have to say about the program and people selling it.