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WhoIs.org & Domains

Updated 03-22-2016


Ever wondered about a web site referenced in a link?  Did you know all web sites and domain names are registered?  Did you know whois.org is a site that will provide much of that information to you?  Depending on what company registered the site will drive how much information is provided.  Notice the domain is "who is" without the space?

The following is directly from the whois.org web site regarding their offering:
Access to Public Interest Registry WHOIS information is provided to assist persons in determining the contents of a domain name registration record in the Public Interest Registry registry database. The data in this record is provided by Public Interest Registry for informational purposes only, and Public Interest Registry does not guarantee its accuracy. This service is intended only for query-based access. You agree that you will use this data only for lawful purposes and that, under no circumstances will you use this data to (a) allow, enable, or otherwise support the transmission by e-mail, telephone, or facsimile of mass unsolicited, commercial advertising or solicitations to entities other than the data recipient's own existing customers; or (b) enable high volume, automated, electronic processes that send queries or data to the systems of Registry Operator, a Registrar, or Alilias except as reasonably necessary to register domain names or modify existing registrations. All rights reserved. Public Interest Registry reserves the right to modify these terms at any time. By submitting this query, you agree to abide by this policy.

So you feel uneasy about something, check them out and get some facts!  Remember, US Corporations are not in the habit of using non-corporate e-mail accounts or web sites registered in foreign countries!




DOMAINS


The following are established Internet Domain names.  This list is subject to change as some countries do change their name on occasion or the need to introduce a new domain, due to demand for domains, grows and is accurate as of Aug 2015.

Domain names should NOT be viewed as an absolute indicator of origin as they reflect the country in which the Domain was registered not necessarily the national location of their server(s) or where the servers are physically administered or contented provided.

EXAMPLE:  A website domain of .ac reflects United Kingdom academic institutions
                 but this does not guarantee someone has not hacked into one of their
                 servers to create a web site within the institutions web site to present the
                 appearance of a legitimate and thus save place to visit or download from.
                 This scenario has been used against sites with other domains of legitimate
                 organizations, including businesses, for the same purpose; the illusion of
                 legitimacy.

                 A legitimate domain only reflects the registration and does not guarantee
                 the server, or those managing the server, are not part of a criminal or
                 malicious organization.  The same can be said for any other domain and not
                 just the Bahamas.  Accurate registration is presumed to be by honest people.

This is offered as a reference point for your concerns and general knowledge.  When faced with an e-mail or website link that is questionable, one valid option is not to go there.  Think through the message and domain to see if it even makes sense.  Why would a global US based corporation contact you from a private website in a country other then their world headquarters and/or using a personal e-mail versus a corporate e-mail address?  When the pieces don't fit take appropriate action.


a

(unknown)

bitnet

(unknown)

ac

United Kingdom academic institutions

ad

Andorra

ae

United Arab Emirates

af

Afghanistan

ag

Antigua and Barbuda

ai

Anguilla

al

Albania

am

Armenia

an

Netherlands Antilles

ao

Angola

aq

Antarctica

ar

Argentina

as

American Samoa

at

Austria

au

Australia

aw

Aruba

az

Azerbaijan

ba

Bosnia and Herzegovina

bb

Barbados

bd

Bangladesh

be

Belgium

bf

Burkina Faso

bg

Bulgaria

bh

Bahrain

bi

Burundi

bj

Benin

bm

Bermuda

bn

Brunei Darussalam

bo

Bolivia

br

Brazil

bs

Bahamas

bt

Bhutan

bv

Bouvet Island

bw

Botswana

by

Belarus

bz

Belize

ca

Canada

cc

Cocos (Keeling) Islands

cf

Central African Republic

cg

Congo

ch

Switzerland

ci

Cote d'Ivoire (Ivory Coast)

ck

Cook Islands

cl

Chile

cm

Cameroon

cn

China

co

Colombia

com

US Commercial

cr

Costa Rica

cs

Czechoslovakia (former)

cu

Cuba

cv

Cape Verde

cx

Christmas Island

cy

Cyprus

cz

Czech Republic

de

Germany

dj

Djibouti

dk

Denmark

dm

Dominica

do

Dominican Republic

dz

Algeria

ec

Ecuador

edu

US Educational

ee

Estonia

eg

Egypt

eh

Western Sahara

er

Eritrea

es

Spain

et

Ethiopia

fi

Finland

fj

Fiji

fk

Falkland Islands (Malvinas)

fm

Micronesia

fo

Faroe Islands

fr

France

fx

France (Metropolitan)

ga

Gabon

gb

Great Britain (UK)

gd

Grenada

ge

Georgia

gf

French Guiana

gh

Ghana

gi

Gibraltar

gl

Greenland

gm

Gambia

gn

Guinea

gov

US Government

gp

Guadaloupe

gq

Equatorial Guinea

gr

Greece

gs

South Georgia and South Sandwich Islands

gt

Guatemala

gu

Guam

gw

Guinea-Bissau

gy

Guyana

hk

Hong Kong

hm

Heard and McDonald Islands

hn

Honduras

hr

Croatia (Hrvatska)

ht

Haiti

hu

Hungary

id

Indonesia

ie

Ireland

il

Israel

in

India

io

British Indian Ocean Territory

iq

Iraq

ir

Iran

is

Iceland

it

Italy

jm

Jamaica

jo

Jordan

jp

Japan

ke

Kenya

kg

Kyrgyzstan

kh

Cambodia

ki

Kiribati

km

Comoros

kn

Saint Kitts and Nevis

kp

Korea (North)

kr

Korea (South)

kw

Kuwait

ky

Cayman Islands

kz

Kazakhstan

la

Laos

lb

Lebanon

lc

Saint Lucia

li

Liechtenstein

lk

Sri Lanka

lr

Liberia

ls

Lesotho

lt

Lithuania

lu

Luxembourg

lv

Latvia

ly

Libya

ma

Morocco

mc

Monaco

md

Moldova

mg

Madagascar

mh

Marshall Islands

mil

US Military

mk

Macedonia

ml

Mali

mm

Mynamar

mn

Mongolia

mo

Macau

mp

Northern Mariana Islands

mq

Martinique

mr

Mauritania

ms

Montserrat

mt

Malta

mu

Mauritius

mv

Maldives

mw

Malawi

mx

Mexico

my

Malaysia

mz

Mozambique

na

Namibia

nc

New Caledonia

ne

Niger

net

US network

nf

Norfolk Island

ng

Nigeria

ni

Nicaragua

nl

Netherlands

no

Norway

np

Nepal

nr

Nauru

nt

Neutral Zone

nu

Niue

nz

New Zealand (Aotearoa)

om

Oman

org

US Non-Profit Organization

pa

Panama

pe

Peru

pf

French Polynesia

pg

Papua New Guinea

ph

Philippines

pk

Pakistan

pl>

Poland

pm

Saint Pierre and Miquelon

pn

Pitcairn

pr

Puerto Rico

pt

Portugal

pw

Palau

py

Paraguay

qa

Qatar

re

Reunion

ro

Romania

ru

Russian Federation

rw

Rwanda

sa

Saudi Arabia

sb

Solomon Islands

sc

Seychelles

sd

Sudan

se

Sweden

sg

Singapore

sh

Saint Helena

si

Slovenia

sj

Svalbard and Jan Mayen Islands

sk

Slovak Republic

sl

Sierra Leone

sm

San Marino

sn

Senegal

so

Somalia

sr

Suriname

st

Sao Tome and Principe

su

USSR (former)

sv

El Salvador

sy

Syria

sz

Swaziland

tc

Turks and Caicos Islands

td

Chad

tf

French Southern Territories

tg

Togo

th

Thailand

tj

Tajikistan

tk

Tokelau

tm

Turkmenistan

tn

Tunisia

to

Tonga

tp

East Timor

tr

Turkey

tt

Trinidad and Tobago

tv

Tuvalu

tw

Taiwan

tz

Tanzania

ua

Ukraine

ug

Uganda

uk

United Kingdom

um

US Minor Outlying Islands

us

United States

uy

Uruguay

uz

Uzbekistan

va

Vatican City State

vc

Saint Vincent and the Grenadines

ve

Venezuela

vg

Virgin Islands (British)

vi

Virgin Islands (US)

vn

Viet Nam

vu

Vanuatu

wf

Wallis and Futuna Islands

ws

Samoa

ye

Yemen

yt

Mayotte

yu

Yugoslavia

za

South Africa

zm

Zambia

zr

Zaire

zw

Zimbabwe