I just received an email from a customer, telling me they heard a rumour that my site wasn't legit and that it was run out of Panama. Noticeably upset, they asked me to explain...
Upon further investigation, I discovered the following:
- My site is registered and hosted by NameCheap Inc, which is a US company
- When I acquired the domain I clicked the box to use their "WhoisGuard" privacy protection service so that my personal information would not be revealed
- WhoisGuard however, is a Panama company...
- Therefore, the official Whois database for my domain says Panama.
I contacted NameCheap and they explained that as long as I want to use their privacy protection service, it will say Panama and they have no alternative to that.
So my question is, is there a different registrar that provides a US-based privacy protection service, using a US-based entry in the Whois database?