Whois - what is this service?
Whois service is a network protocol that allows you to find out the basic data about a domain name (who is the administrator and registrar, registration period, etc.). The name comes from the English phrase "who is" - "who is this."
The protocol is owned by ICANN, the Domain Name and IP Address Management Corporation (a key regulator of the domain industry), which accredits all international registrars. ICANN provides open access to Whois data, which means that registrars are required to make publicly available information about each new registered domain. As a result, everyone can watch it online.
What is Whois for?
Using Whois service, you can see information about a site, check the IP address of a site, find out the age of the domain and registrar, see whose domain and site, and also check free domains, and much more. Data may vary, but in most cases will be as follows:
- registrar name;
- site administrator (can be specified or hidden, depending on the domain zone);
- term when domain registration expires;
- ways of contacting the administrator if the contact details are open;
- DNS servers.
So everyone gets access to extensive information about the domain and the site. For example, you can see the age of the domain and find out who owns the site. But if the date of domain registration or website creation tells about the first point, then the second is not so simple, since the owner can use the data hiding service. Or the owner's data can be hidden according to the rules of the domain zone. And then it is impossible to understand who is the owner of the site.
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