Whois Privacy Protection, occasionally also referred to as Privacy or Whois Privacy Protection, is a service that hides the real contact info of domain name owners on WHOIS websites. Without protection, the personal name, address and email of any domain owner will be openly available. Giving fake details during the registration procedure or altering the real details afterwards will simply not work, as doing such a thing may result in the registrant losing his/her ownership rights. The policies approved by ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, demand that the WHOIS info must be valid and up to date all the time. The Whois Privacy Protection service was launched by registrar companies as an answer to the rising concerns for potential identity fraud. If the service is enabled, the registrar’s contact details will be listed instead of the registrant’s upon a WHOIS lookup. Most domain names support the Whois Privacy Protection service, even though there are certain country-code ones that don’t.

Whois Privacy Protection in Hosting

You can quickly activate Whois Privacy Protection for any domain name that you have registered through our company in case you’ve got a hosting account with us. This can be accomplished through the same Hepsia hosting Control Panel, via which you administer the web hosting account itself, so you will not need to use different admin dashboards. In the very same section where all your registered domain names will be displayed, there will be an “Whois Privacy Protection” icon for each domain whose extension supports this service. The status of this icon will quickly let you know whether the Whois Privacy Protection service is activated for a certain domain or not and by clicking that icon you can enable the service in case you haven’t done so during the signup procedure. In addition, you’ll 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 right away.

Whois Privacy Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

Ordering Whois Privacy Protection for any domain name is surprisingly easy in case you have a semi-dedicated server. As long as the domain is registered with our company, it will be listed in the Registered Domains section of the Hepsia Control Panel that comes with each semi-dedicated package. In case a given generic or country-specific domain name is Whois Privacy Protection-eligible, you will notice a mini sign on the right-hand side of that domain. To activate the Whois Privacy Protection service, you will have to click on it. In the very same fashion, you can also renew or disable the service. You can order Whois Privacy Protection for a domain name during the account order process too, but since the service is optional, we’ll offer you the possibility to add it to any of your domain names at a later time if you change your mind and decide to conceal your private information from the general public after you have already ordered the semi-dedicated account.