NameCheap now provide free WhoisGuard Privacy Protection

Discussion in 'Domains and SSL Certificates' started by Banxix, May 30, 2018.

  1. Banxix

    Banxix Enthusiast

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    It surprised me today when I read news from email that NameCheap WhoisGuard Privacy Protection is now free - forever.

    Maybe charging $2.88 a year do not bring well profit anymore so they decide to make a move to attract more customers, like myself.

    https://www.namecheap.com/security/whoisguard.aspx
     
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  2. Pete

    Pete Flavours of Forums Forever

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    I suspect GDPR is related, as WHOIS is somewhat incompatible with it.
     
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  3. LeadCrow

    LeadCrow Apocalypse Admin

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    My thought as well. The timing is off, especially when Namecheap has bigger issues tarnishing its services.
     
  4. djbaxter

    djbaxter Tazmanian Veteran

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    I don't use Namecheap but I'm curious about this comment: What are those bigger issues?
     
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  5. TheChiro

    TheChiro Devotee

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    I always buy multiple years in advance, not just with domain but whois protection (I've had too many that want to dox me and make my life a living hell that I needed this). I hope they will convert what I paid the advance towards renewing my domain.
     
  6. KnownHost

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    At least this is much better than what ENom did, they changed the registration details to a random set of data. You can't even transfer the domains to a new registrar with email verification because the email bounces. :-/
     
  7. vbgamer45

    vbgamer45 Enthusiast

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    It's going to be interesting with transferring domains/SSL
     
  8. Rrich

    Rrich Aspirant

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    Yeah I got the same email from them. :ninja:
     
  9. esquire

    esquire Habitué

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    If you're trying to manage more than a handful of domains with them, it can be a horror show. Their tools aren't set up to handle it and even simple management and notification is pitiful.
     
  10. Destroy Repeat

    Destroy Repeat DestroyRepeat.com

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    Um. No it isn't. The quota quote new system is using the same system they've been doing since the old design. Every Whoisguard has a license. That license has expiry date, so when they say "forever," that means whoisguard's expiry date is infinite. Each "license" is tied to the domain, regardless of expiry.

    In the early days, when your Whoisguard expires, that "license" goes away. So, when you buy a new one, that's a new "license."

    So, if you want to change your whoisguard to another domain, it's fine. No strings attached. It's just going to be tied to the domain for the duration set. Nothing more, and nothing less.
     
  11. esquire

    esquire Habitué

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    Respectfully, I have no idea what your reply has to do with what I wrote. The pitiful tools they provide for managing domains have nothing to do with proxy registrations, which won't matter if you've got problems with simple management of your domain renewals, expirations and management.
     
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