Domains by Proxy

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Domains by Proxy (DBP) is an Internet company started by the founder of GoDaddy, Bob Parsons. Domains by Proxy offers domain privacy services through partner domain registrars such as GoDaddy and Wild West Domains.[1]

Subscribers list Domains by Proxy as their administrative and technical contacts in the Internet's WHOIS database, thereby delegating responsibility for managing unsolicited contacts from third parties and keeping the domains owners' personal information secret.[2][3] However, the company will release a registrant's personal information in some cases, such as by court order[4][5] or for other reasons as deemed appropriate by the company per its Domain Name Proxy Agreement.[5]

As of 2014, over 9,850,000 domain names use the Domains by Proxy service.[6]

Political usage[edit]

In the run-up to the 2012 United States presidential primaries, numerous domain names with derogatory expressions have been registered through Domains by Proxy by both Republicans and Democrats.[7]

Domains by Proxy have allegedly been a target of the Internet organization Anonymous due to perceived malicious business activities including inducements to join their service, claims of privacy that are not fulfilled and the lowering of Google PageRank of the sites they link to.[citation needed][8]



Controversially, Domains By Proxy is also used by a number of organizations that target vulnerable individuals by sending threatening psychic letters, and fake drug companies.[9] It is also used by fake anti-spyware and anti-malware sites to hide their real ownership of the software that they promote.

Advance Fee fraudsters also use Domains By Proxy. On 5 February 2016, the Artists Against 419 database reflected 1124 out of 108684 entries abused the services of Domains By Proxy. This represents a figure of slightly over one percent of the entries.[10]


In 2014, Domains by Proxy handed over personal details of a site owner to Motion Picture Association due to potential copyright infringement despite the website not hosting any copyrighted files.[11]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Godfread, Paul, and Kristine Dorrain. "Survey of the Law of Cyberspace: Domain Name Cases 2008". The Business Lawyer.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  2. ^ Xu, Kuai; Wang, Feng; Wang, Haiyan; Yang, Bo (February 2020). "Detecting fake news over online social media via domain reputations and content understanding". Tsinghua Science and Technology. 25 (1): 20–27. doi:10.26599/tst.2018.9010139. ISSN 1007-0214.
  3. ^ Godfread, Paul, and Kristine Dorrain (2009). "Survey of the Law of Cyberspace: Domain Name Cases 2008". The Business Lawyer.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  4. ^ Private domains not so private? | CNET
  5. ^ a b Domains By Proxy Domain Proxy Agreement
  6. ^ "List of 9,863,496 domain names using Domains By Proxy". Retrieved 20 August 2014.
  7. ^ Rucker, P. and Farnam, T.W. In Campaign 2012, Web sites are the new real estate. The Washington Post, 18 October 2011.
  8. ^ Samarasinghe, Nayanamana, and Mohammad Mannan. "On cloaking behaviors of malicious websites". Computers & Security 101.{{cite journal}}: CS1 maint: multiple names: authors list (link)
  9. ^ Dr. Bob [1]
  10. ^ Artists Against 419 Database [2]
  11. ^ "'Domains by Proxy' Hands Over Personal Details of "Pirate" Site Owner". TorrentFreak. 6 March 2014. Retrieved 6 March 2014.

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