Domain ID protection (also known as whois privacy) cloaks your personal or company details from the publicly accessible whois database.
When you registered a domain you are required to provide accurate contact details which must be verified, these contact detail are then stored in a publicly accessible database called the ‘whois database’. Unfortunately hackers, spammers and fraudsters have been known to use this information to target domain holders.
Domain ID protects you from this by acting as a proxy, the detail listed in the whois database rather than being your own are that of our proxy services, for example:
ACME Widgets LTD
Protected, Domain ID enabled (Details may differ from below):
Whois Privacy Protection Service, Inc.
PO Box 639
Kirkland, WA 98083
You still retain full ownership of your domain and can continue to use it as normal.
Which TLDs allow ID Protect?
Domain ID Protection can be used with .com, .net, .org, .biz, .info, .name, .tv, .cc and .me
How does ID Protect help reduce spam?
We filter email sent to the address before it is forwarded on, we also change the Whois email address several times a year to preve
What if someone sends something to the Whois Privacy Protection Service by post?
If it does not appear to be unsolicited then the service will either forward on the mail or fax over the communication.
Can I use domain ID protection with .UK domains?
ID protection is not available for .UK domains. However, if you are an Individual registering a domain you can opt out of publishing your details in the whois database.
What if I need to prove ownership of a domain?
To prove ownership of your domain, you can temporarily disable ID Protect and then ask the verifying party to confirm whois results. This may be necessary for example if you wish to transfer the domain to another registrar.
If I transfer my domain will Domain ID protection still work?
No, if you transfer your domain you must disable domain ID protection, most registrars provide a similar service which you can purchase from your new provider.