Knowledgebase: Domain Names / DNS
Define WhoIS
Posted by Joe Rebis (Import) on 16 September 2006 09:52 PM


WHOIS (pronounced as the phrase who is) is a query and response protocol that is widely used for querying databases that store the registered users or assignees of an Internet resource, such as a domain name, an IP address block, or an autonomous system, but is also used for a wider range of other information.

The WhoIS is a searchable database maintained by registries and registrars that contains information about domain name registrations in the .COM, .NET, .ORG, .EDU, and ISO 3166 country code top-level domains.  

The protocol, or set of rules, that describes the application used to access the database. If you own a domain name chances are you are in the database. This information is publicly available and often used by spammers to gather email addresses. If you wish to "hide" your WhoIS information many domain name registrars like RegiSite offer an Identity Protection service, so your site, just like the .GOV records will not able to be searched.  

Click here to access the WhoIS Database


Also See: Domain & DNS KB articles | Email Settings POP3 / IMAP | Check email online | Email Troubleshooting | Adding an email to your hosting account WINDOWS / LINUX

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