After having a DreamHost account for a little over three weeks, I made use of my one free domain registration last night. Because of the lateness of the hour, it did not occur to me that the registration process did not ask me for any contact information. When I did a whois on my new domain this evening, I was shocked to discover that the contact info was taken directly from my profile in the web panel. This was information supplied to DreamHost during the initial sign-up process. So as a result, my home address, my home number, and my main email address are now out there exposed on the web, ripe for the plucking by spammers. Ugh. Just what I’ve been so careful to avoid.
Not only is this personal information now out there, I cannot change the whois information yet because when I log in at Domainitron.com, it says, “You have no domains… add one now!!”. How long is it supposed to take for the newly registered domain to show up at Domainitron? If the whois information is already available on the net, why is it not available yet for me to revise?
As soon as the domain is listed at Domainitron, I plan to replace my home address with a P.O. Box, my home phone number with a voicemail number (from k7.net), and my main email address with a disposable email address from sneakemail.com.
I think you guys should really revise the free domain registration process so as to give the registrant the option to supply the contact information rather than to use the information supplied during sign-up. Furthermore, there is no warning beforehand that such sign-up information would be used by default as whois contact info.