In America alone, there are an estimated 9 million cases of identity theft each year1 and 3 trillion spam emails2 sent each year. Spammers and other 3rd parties often obtain personal information from the domain name owner’s public record, also known as the WhoIs Database. ID Protection keeps your information safe by making your domain’s contact records private.
During the domain registration process, select it as an Addon.
For domains already registered with us:
International rules require that valid contact information—known as Whois—is available for every domain name. ID Protection cloaks your identity and provides proxy contact information in the Whois.
ID Protection also reduces spam. In your cloaked Whois information, we provide a proxy email address that changes several times a year. We forward email sent to the proxy address, but when the proxy address changes, spam sent to the old address bounces.
International rules require that valid contact information be provided for all domain names, and that it be accessible worldwide. ID Protect provides valid contact information that satisfies the international requirements without exposing your personal contact information to worldwide scrutiny.
Domain name Whois displays name, address, and email address. Anyone anywhere can search the Whois database through any search engine and many other web sites.
ID Protection provides proxy information instead of your personal contact information. Parties who want to contact you use the proxy information, and we forward to you.
Domain name Whois is a principal source of email addresses for spammers. If your domain name has ID Protection, we change the Whois email address several times a year. Spammers harvest and use one Whois email address, but once we change it that source of spam is cut off.
No. The domain must be registered with us in order to use ID Protection.
ID Protection can be purchased for most top and second-level domains. Please consult Tradional TLDs for specific eligible domains.
In addition, most of the New TLDs support ID Protection.
The .us Registry requires that .us domain names have actual identity and contact information, rather than forwarding information.
For mail which does not appear to be unsolicited commercial mail, the Whois Privacy Protection Service may either forward the mail to you or fax a page of the communication. The Service will not forward junk mail, nor will it forward mail if it becomes apparent that you provided the Whois Privacy Protection address to third parties.
To prove ownership of your domain, temporarily disable ID Protection inside the My Account area, and then ask the verifying party to confirm whois registration details
To disable ID Protection:
Our technical support representatives can disable ID Protection on an expired domain.
Yes, usually. If the privacy protection service at your other registrar does not provide email forwarding, the service must be disabled so that you can respond to transfer confirmation emails.
No, our ID Protection service will forward to the email address associated with the domain name.
1 Source: IBM – 2006 Consumer Security Survey
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