He didn’t use whois privacy. Most people don’t.
Sean Spicer has made plenty of enemies in his short time as White House Press Secretary. And now, thanks to some domain names he registered long ago, people have a way to contact him about it.
As Mashable wrote yesterday, Spicer registered domain names and didn’t initially opt for Whois privacy. He appears to have used a home address and personal phone number.
Mashable blames Spicer for being cheap and not wanting to pay an extra eight bucks a year for Whois privacy. But is this really about cost or is it about knowledge?
GoDaddy (where SeanSpicer.com is registered) and other registrars have made their pitches for whois privacy and proxy services more upfront in recent years. In fact, it’s front and center as an option for your domain in GoDaddy’s shopping cart now. At the same time, registrars are pitching so many cross-sells that it can be easy to overlook this.
Whois is also something that most domain registrants don’t understand. They don’t realize that their information is literally in an open address book.