An ICANN rule states that your contact details have to be published in the WHOIS database when you register a domain name. A database accessible to everyone, including spammers, marketers, domain name hijackers, and identity thieves. When you opt-in to our approved and regulated domain privacy feature your contact details are hidden. They will be replaced with our neutral/white labelled details. You’ll be ex-directory!
The WHOIS database is the Internet’s telephone directory. It stores all the details of domain name registrations. Once you’ve registered your domain name, your contact details are published. This includes your name, address, email, and phone number. Plus the admin, billing and technical contacts. Along with the name servers, registration, renewal, and expiry dates of your domain name. The database allows people to track down the owners of a domain name should they want to get in touch. With an offer to buy maybe!
Our domain privacy feature is simple and effective. We replace your contact details with ours, whilst you remain the legal owner of your domain names.
Your real name
Your real address
Your real phone
Your real email
WHOIS privacy (enumDNS dba)
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Publishing all your private domain registration information on the Internet exposes you to scammers, spammers, unsolicited email, identity thieves, and domain hijackers. Fraudsters can contact you when your domain name is about to expire and try to get your name. Or, attempt an unauthorised transfer. Recovering your domain name can be costly. Not to mention the damage to your business when your website goes offline. Check out our blog post about domain hijacking for more details.
Our private domain registration feature adds another level of security to prevent domain hijacking. It can make a legitimate transfer a bit harder, but it stops fraudulent or accidental ones. It minimises spam email, and irritating marketing calls. All the junk will be sent to us rather than you, and then we’ll forward genuine and important email to you.
If you already have a domain name registered with us, you can sign up at any time. Or, if you’re registering a new name, you can sign up during the order process. Private domain registration can be enabled for one or several domain names.
Not all registries allow the use of domain privacy on their domain extensions, in particular country code domains (ccTLDs). Details of which extensions accept domain privacy can be found on our big domain extensions list if you choose the domain privacy filter under features. The list of extensions that allow domain privacy will increase over time.