Posted by Shaker B. on 10 November 2016 02:32 PM
What is WHOIS Privacy?
The information used to register a domain name is stored on what is called a WHOIS database which can be publicly accessed by anyone performing a WHOIS search. By enabling a feature such as our WHOIS Privacy, it allows domain owners to make their personal information such as name, address, phone number private.
Users should note that some domain extensions do not allow for privacy of ownership information. For further details regarding what domain extensions we support WHOIS Privacy for, please go HERE and HERE. Depending on the extension, you may also have to contact our support team directly to enable this feature.
NOTE: Our WHOIS Privacy feature is currently included with all our service levels at no extra cost EXCEPT DomainPlus. Domains under DomainPlus that wish to have this privacy feature will need to add it as an additional add on. Please see HERE for further details on add ons.
What are the benefits of WHOIS Privacy?
There are a number of reasons, political and personal, for people to wish to keep their private information private. With phishing, spam and other concerns, it's become far more common.
What are the risks of WHOIS Privacy?
ICANN regulations state that the listed registrant is the official owner of a domain. As such, setting that information to that of the registrar (which is the common method of masking personal information) technically transfers ownership to the registrar themselves.
To avoid this risk for you, we have created a safety feature that ensures your own name is still listed as owner, should you choose. For .COM & .NET domains (and soon .ORG), there is an option called 'SPECIFY REGISTRANT' which will publish the name of the domain owner as you choose it, but will mask all other information.
Enabling WHOIS Privacy For Your Domain
To enable the WHOIS Privacy feature, please do the following:
1. Log into your easyDNS account
3. In the WHOIS PRIVACY section, click on EDIT
NOTE: If you do not see a WHOIS PRIVACY section, chances are this feature is currently not available for this domain and will need to be added. Please see HERE for further details on add ons.
4. Choose ENABLED from the dropdown menu list and click on NEXT
5. Confirm your changes
Your WHOIS Privacy should now be enabled for your domain name. However please note that this can take a few hours to propagate out Internet wide.