When you register a domain, you need to provide your personal information including your name, email address, mailing address, phone number, etc. to ICANN through a domain name registrar. Your personal information will be stored in a publicly available database called WHOIS. If you do not have domain privacy protection, anyone can access to the WHOIS public database and see your personal information. Domain privacy is an add-on service offered by your domain registrar or hosting provider. It masks your personal information with contact information of the service provider in WHOIS. Your personal information can stay private while you maintain complete ownership and control of your domain.
|Without Domain Privacy
|With Domain Privacy
|Your real name
You real company name
Your real address
Your real phone
Your real email
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We highly recommend small businesses and individuals to get domain privacy protection. Here are a few reasons why.
Protect Your Personal Information
If you don’t have domain privacy protection, your personal information will be exposed to anyone on the WHOIS public directory, including hackers, scammers and identity thieves. Hackers may use your private information to hack your website and steal your customer data. You will risk losing the trust of your customers or even get fined for data breaches. Scammers who can find your domain registration details on WHOIS may pretend to be your domain registration company and try to get you to pay them money. Or they may pretend to be you and attempt to hijack your domain. Hiding your private information from the general public can reduce those potential risks significantly.
Prevent Unwanted Solicitation
Pushy marketers and spammers are able to get your contact information from the WHOIS and try to reach you. You will likely receive unwanted sales calls and a ton of spam email trying to sell you something. By masking your personal data with domain privacy protection, no spammers can get your real contact information from WHOIS. All spam emails will go to a proxy email and got filtered. Only relevant emails will be forwarded to the private email account of your choice.
Comply with ICANN and Retain Complete Control
To comply with ICANN, the information you provided to register a domain name must be authentic and verified. Providing fake data in an attempt to protect your privacy on WHOIS is a big no, and it makes you look suspicious to your visitors. With domain privacy protection, you can keep your anonymity on WHOIS as well as retain full ownership and control of your domain names. You can choose what information you wish to make public through your business website and provide a proper way for your customers to contact you.
How to Get Domain Privacy Protection
Contact your domain registrar or hosting provider to sign up for a domain privacy protection service. You can either buy domain privacy protection when you register a new domain name, or you can add it to your existing domain name anytime.