The actual value, from a security standpoint, of using a proxy domain registrar?

Rich Kulawiec rsk at
Thu Jul 16 13:30:23 UTC 2009

On Wed, Jul 15, 2009 at 03:13:26PM -0700, Ray Sanders wrote:
> A lot of these places use scare tactics to convince domain buyers that
> "privacy" is essential, otherwise one would get spam, telemarketing
> calls and junk mail.   
> Well, that's partly true, as some companies do scrape whois data. 

Not so much anymore.  It's far more cost-effective and efficient for
them to buy the data in bulk, and there are plenty of suppliers offering it.
Now as to whether they're bad actors inside registrars, or registrars
themselves, or folks who've cracked registrar security and helped themselves
to the contents of their databases: who knows?  But the bottom line is
that the data's out there.


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