Private Domain Registration with Register.com?

When I was attempting to buy a domain name I got a message saying that if I paid an extra sum of money, I could have my domain registration private and not get spammed and also keep my contact information private.

What are the advantages/disadvantages to this?
brothertruffle880Asked:
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bevhostConnect With a Mentor Commented:
When you register a domain you provide contact details for Owner, admin, technical & billing.
These details can be looked up buy anyone who does a WHOIS lookup on your domain name.

I recently registered a .com & .net domain, and I received a number of unsolicited emails for various companies want to provide me with assistance setting up my new domain. Basically they want my money.

If the contact details show the registrar instead of your own details the you would not receive all this stuff.

See also
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Domain_privacy

The disadvantage can be that you may need to unprivacy the domain in order to transfer it to another provider.
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Scott Fell, EE MVEConnect With a Mentor Developer & EE ModeratorCommented:
I have never been spammed and don't use privacy.  If you are a legit business there should be no fear.  At one time I think it did make a difference with seo although I don't know how much that is a factor now.

When you use the privacy option the domain is actually owned by the company you trusted to list your domain for you.

As far as advantages/disadvantages, it depends on the domain and type of business.  If you are making a blog about recipes I don't think it makes a difference.  If you are making a site to sell widgets, it will help your legitimacy by using your real information.
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shalomcConnect With a Mentor CTOCommented:
Basically the registrars want your money.  
If your web site deals with extreme ideas, like a dissident forum, pro abortion blog, or with controversial goods, then hiding your true identity may be beneficial to your health.
Otherwise imho it is a waste of money.
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