GoDaddy WHOIS Lookup

Use GoDaddy’s WHOIS lookup to find out the people or organizations behind different domain names or IP addresses. WHOIS records gives you organized contact data for domains, including registrant, administrative, and technical contact information. It also provides you with the name of the registrar (such as GoDaddy), the status of the domain, and important dates (e.g., the domain creation date and expiration date).

How Is WHOIS Lookup used?

The WHOIS domain database is regularly used for various lawful purposes. Network administrators use WHOIS data to identify and fix problems. For instance, WHOIS information can be used to determine the availability of domain names, identify trademark infringement, and keep domain name registrants accountable. WHOIS verification can even be utilized to combat spam or fraud, as administrators can track down registrants who post illegal content or participate in phishing scams. In addition, ICANN’s agreements protects domain registrants by prohibiting the use of WHOIS listings for marketing or spam purposes, including high-volume, automated queries against a specific registrar or registry’s systems (unless such queries are done with the intent to manage domain names).

How accurate is WHOIS data?

Since registrants’ contact data can change, registrars, such as GoDaddy, must provide annual opportunities for domain owners to review and edit their WHOIS domain data. According to ICANN’s rules, refusing to update this information, or providing false data, can lead to the suspension or cancellation of domains.

In addition, ICANN allows Internet users to file complaints if they discover WHOIS data that is incorrect or incomplete. In such instances, registrars must reverify or correct the data in a timely manner. Through such verification protocol, ICANN seeks to maintain the highest possible level of accuracy.

What about my privacy?

While ICANN’s agreements protect registrants from potential spam, many GoDaddy customers still express concern about their personal name, address, and phone number being so readily available online. For website owners who would prefer to keep such information private, GoDaddy offers Domain Privacy protection. We partner with Domains By Proxy®, so that when people do a WHOIS search on your domain, Domains By Proxy® replaces your personal information with its own (check out the difference). Your domain name is still yours, but now people won’t be able to discover your personal information through a simple WHOIS lookup.