What is WHOIS?
When you register a domain name, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) requires your domain name registrar to submit your personal contact information to the WHOIS database. Once your listing appears in this online domain WHOIS directory, it is publicly available to anyone who chooses to check domain names using the WHOIS search tool. You can check the records of domain or website owners using several WHOIS websites. For example, whois.com, whois.net and who.is are websites you can use to lookup domain records of publicly available data. The Ugandan WHOIS directory (whois.co.ug) has been specifically developed to check Uganda’s country level domain (CLD). As of July 2018, the domain whois.co.ug is registered to Charles Musisi, the proprietor of Infinity Computers and is scheduled to expire in 2050.
Use 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, the status of the domain, and important dates (e.g., the domain creation date and expiration date).
The Ugandan WHOIS lookup services are designed by Infinity Computers Uganda Limited to help you achieve convenience and peace of mind. There are a variety of third parties who may check domain names in the WHOIS check database, including:
- Individuals check domain names for expiration dates.
- Registrars check domain names when transferring ownership.
- Authorities check domain names when investigating criminal activity or for various lawful purposes.
- WHOIS data may also be used for these 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.
You can also use our WHOIS lookup services to find out when that your domain you have your eye on is set to expire, as well as who owns it, if their information is public. And very soon, we’ll provide for this additional features below with our WHOIS service.
Public WHOIS Database Listing
If you’re comfortable with having your information available to the public and don’t want the extra fee associated with private domain registration – We’ll will submit a public listing to the WHOIS lookup database. This listing will include your name, address, phone number, email address and domain name expiration date. Your website hosting IP address and host name will also be listed.
Private WHOIS Database Listing
Having your personal information made available to the public will increase your risk of becoming a victim of hackers, spammers and even data miners. To keep your contact information out of the hands of those who may use it maliciously, We’ll offer private domain name registration. For a small monthly fee, we’ll act as your proxy — which means that anyone who does a WHOIS lookup for your domain name information will find our contact information, not yours.
How accurate is WHOIS data?
Since registrants’ contact data can change, registrars 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.