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Some of the most common questions and answers regarding WHOIS are listed below.
Who owns a domain name?
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) owns all domain names. They manage them globally and issue IP addresses to ISPs and other providers who assign them to customers (the end-user).
What is the WHOIS database?
ICANN requires everyone who is assigned an IP to register with the WHOIS database. Typically, this is handled through your domain registrar (the company you purchased the domain from). WHOIS contains contact information for each person who is assigned a domain. These records are publicly available to anyone. However, some people choose to pay an extra fee to have their contact information hidden from view.
How can I use the WHOIS Lookup Tool?
If you want to determine who uses an IP address or domain, you can use the WHOIS lookup tool and see records directly from the WHOIS database. In addition, if you are interested in using a specific domain name, the tool can help you determine availability. Typically, you can enter either the IP address or domain name and see the information easily.
How accurate is WHOIS data?
Since updating information to the WHOIS database is handled by domain registrars, that may also affect accuracy. The law requires domain owners to enter the correct information and keep it updated, or the domain may be suspended or canceled. Each domain owner receives a notice annually about updating their information. Therefore, most data in the WHOIS database will be up-to-date and accurate.
How do I update my WHOIS information?
You can contact your domain registrar (where you purchased the domain) to update your information. You should also receive a notice from them once a year reminding you to update the data.
Who’s in charge of the WHOIS database?
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) is the global agency in charge of all IP addresses and domain names. In addition, they oversee the WHOIS database and ensure that it is up-to-date and accurate. ICANN is a non-profit organization located in California.
Why is it necessary to have a WHOIS database?
The internet is a vast place, and ICANN created the WHOIS database to provide order and maintain the integrity of website domain registration and ownership. Think of WHOIS as a phone book for all domain owners.