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What Is WHOIS Lookup

Every year, millions of people, organizations, governments and businesses register different domain names. Everyone must provide their contact information, which might include their name, address, telephone number, email address, technical contacts and administrative contact details.

This information is generally called “WHOIS data.” The WHOIS information is managed by several independent entities such as registrars and registries.

Any entity who wants to become a registrar should obtain the ICANN (Internet Corporation For Assigned Names and Numbers) accreditation.

Similarly, different registries, which are under contract with the ICANN to operate gTLDs (generic top level domains) such as .COM, .NET, .ORG and more that, might soon be under operation.

The WHOIS lookup is a free service, which provides detailed information about a registered domain name such as domain name owner’s contact information, domain name availability status, domain name servers used for a service, domain name’s registration and expiration dates and the organization with which a domain name is registered.

The ICANN authority requires all domain name registrars to keep their technical and contact details up-to-date and valid to prevent identity theft and digital frauds.

Any individual who needs to know the detailed information about a specific domain name could place a request for the data through WHOIS lookup. The information is gathered and made accessible by registries and registrars under the terms and conditions of their concurrences with the Responsibilities

Domain name registrars play a vital role in guaranteeing the accuracy of WHOIS information. As a domain name registrar, you are required to provide exact and precise WHOIS contact information and even maintain its accuracy throughout the term of any domain name registration period.

When you register your domain name, you should give reliable and accurate contact details to your registrar and also update them punctually if there are any variations during the term of your domain name registration period. This commitment is a part of your domain name registration with your registrar.

If you provide any wrong information intentionally or do not update your data promptly if there are some changes, your domain registration might also be suspended or cancelled. This could even happen if you do not respond to inquiries posted by your domain name registrar about the accuracy of your technical and contact information.

On a yearly basis, your domain name registrar sends you a reminder of your commitments to maintain the accuracy of your WHOIS data. When you get a reminder, you should review the information carefully and make necessary corrections if any.

As per the Registrar Accreditation Agreement, your domain name registrar has contracted with the ICANN and maintains your WHOIS information promptly.

Thus, the Internet Corporation For Assigned Names and Numbers authority requires ICANN-accredited registrars such as BookMyIdentity to publish your accurate contact and technical information, domain name creation and expiration dates and other related data in the WHOIS lookup list as soon as your domain name is registered.

When you register your domain name with BookMyIdentity-

1.Login into your account by providing your credentials. This will take you to the homepage. Now, from the DOMAINS menu, click on Whois lookup at the lower right corner.

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2.The next page will display a WHOIS Lookup window. Type any registered domain name that you wish to check all detailed contact information in the field provided and then click on the Search

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3.The system processes your request and displays WHOIS search results in the following format.

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Thus, you will get the accurate contact information of any registered domain names.

Along with domain name registration, BookMyIdentity also offers a wide range of services such as  web hosting, website builder, website security, email hosting and much more at low-costs.

References

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