Whois Privacy Protection, sometimes also called WHOIS or Whois Privacy Protection, is a service that hides the real contact information of domain name registrants on WHOIS web sites. Without such protection, the name, street address and email of any domain owner will be openly visible. Providing fake details during the domain name registration procedure or changing the genuine information later will just not work, as doing such a thing may result in the domain registrant losing their domain ownership rights. The policies approved by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), require that the WHOIS information must be valid and accurate at all times. The Whois Privacy Protection service was introduced by registrar companies as an answer to the growing concerns about potential identity theft. If the protection service is activated, the registrar’s contact information will be displayed instead of the registrant’s upon a WHOIS lookup. Most domain names support the Whois Privacy Protection service, although there are some country-code extensions that don’t.

Whois Privacy Protection in Shared Website Hosting

If you get a shared website hosting package from us, you’ll be able to enable Whois Privacy Protection for any of your domains in case their extensions support the service. You can register or transfer a domain and add Whois Privacy Protection during the signup procedure or you can enable the service for any of your domain names at any moment later via the Hepsia Control Panel. The procedure is surprisingly easy – after you sign in, you will have to visit the Registered Domains section where you’ll notice a list of all the domains that you have registered with our company. For each one of them you will see an “Whois Privacy Protection” logo, which will tell you whether the service is activated or not. By clicking on it, you can either Whois Privacy Protect the domain, or you can turn off the service if it is currently enabled.

Whois Privacy Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

Enabling Whois Privacy Protection for any domain is surprisingly easy in case you have a semi-dedicated server. If the domain is registered with our company, it will be listed in the Registered Domains section of the Hepsia hosting Control Panel that is included with each semi-dedicated server plan. In case a particular generic or country-specific domain name is Whois Privacy Protection-eligible, you’ll notice a mini symbol on its right. To activate the service, you’ll need to click on it. In the very same fashion, you can also renew or remove the service. You can order Whois Privacy Protection for a domain name during the signup procedure as well, but since the Whois Privacy Protection service is optional, we’ll offer you the chance to add it to any of your domains at a later point in time if you think things over and decide to conceal your personal details from the public eye after you’ve already ordered the semi-dedicated account.