A WHOIS database is an online directory where the general public can look up domain names using the WHOIS search tool.

As a registrant, it is paramount that you provide the correct WHOIS details to your registrar during the domain registration process. WHOIS details required to be filled include:

  • Your name
  • Phone Number
  • Email Address
  • Physical Address

Outlined below are some of the reasons why the WHOIS details provided should be correct:

  • Contact Information: WHOIS details should provide accurate contact information for domain name owners. This information includes the owner’s name, email address, phone number, and physical address. Having up-to-date and correct contact information allows individuals and organizations to communicate effectively with domain owners regarding legal matters, business inquiries, and other important issues.
  • Online Safety and Security: Accurate WHOIS information ensures online safety and security. In case of malicious activities like spamming, phishing, or cybercrime, identifying the responsible party becomes easier with correct WHOIS details. It allows law enforcement agencies, cybersecurity experts, or hosting providers to take appropriate action against offenders and protect internet users.
  • Smooth Domain Transfers and Renewals: When transferring or renewing a domain, accurate WHOIS details are crucial to ensure a smooth process. Domain registrars often rely on the information provided in the WHOIS database to verify ownership before allowing any changes or transfers. Inaccurate or outdated information can lead to complications, delays, or even the loss of a domain
  • Legal and Regulatory Compliance: Many countries and regulatory bodies require domain owners to provide accurate WHOIS information. Compliance with these regulations helps maintain transparency and accountability in the online space.
  • Trademark Protection: WHOIS details are valuable in protecting trademarks and intellectual property. Trademark owners can monitor the WHOIS database to identify any potential infringement or unauthorized use of their brand. Accurate WHOIS information allows them to contact the domain owner and take appropriate actions to enforce their rights.
  •  Dispute Resolution: In case of domain ownership disputes or conflicts, WHOIS details play a vital role in establishing the rightful owner. Accurate information helps resolve disputes through arbitration, legal proceedings, or domain name recovery processes.

-By Hildah Maina