Whois Privacy Protection, sometimes also called Privacy or Whois Privacy Protection, is a service that hides the actual contact information of domain registrants on WHOIS websites. Without protection, the personal name, home address and email of any domain name registrant will be publicly accessible. Providing fake details during the registration procedure or changing the real details afterwards will simply not work, as doing such a thing may result in the domain registrant losing their ownership of the domain. The policies approved by ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, require that the WHOIS info must be valid and up to date at all times. The Whois Privacy Protection service was introduced by domain name registrars as a response to the increasing concerns for possible identity theft. If the service is active, the registrar’s contact info will show up instead of the client’s upon a WHOIS lookup. Most domain names support the Whois Privacy Protection service, even though there are some country-code ones that don’t.

Whois Privacy Protection in Shared Web Hosting

You can effortlessly enable Whois Privacy Protection for any domain that you’ve registered through our company if you have a shared web hosting account with us. This can be accomplished through the same Hepsia Control Panel, via which you administer the hosting account itself, so you won’t need to switch between different Control Panel tools. In the same section where all your registered domain names will be displayed, there will be an “Whois Privacy Protection” icon for each domain name whose extension supports the service. The status of each icon will quickly show you whether the Whois Privacy Protection service is activated for a particular domain name or not and by clicking that icon you can add the service if you have not done so upon signup. Besides, you will also be able to renew or to disable the Whois Privacy Protection service for any domain name using the exact same icon and the change will take effect instantaneously.

Whois Privacy Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting

Enabling Whois Privacy Protection for any domain is really easy if you’ve got a semi-dedicated server. If the domain is registered through us, it will be displayed in the Registered Domains section of the Hepsia hosting Control Panel that is included with each semi-dedicated server plan. If a particular generic or country-specific domain name supports Whois Privacy Protection, you will notice a mini logo to the right of that domain. To enable the service, you’ll have to click on it. In the very same fashion, you can also renew or deactivate the service. You can order Whois Privacy Protection for a domain name upon signup too, but since the service is optional, we’ll give you the chance to add it to any of your domain names at a later point in time in case you think things over and opt to hide your personal info from the general public after you have already ordered the account.