According to the policies adopted by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the contact information a domain name is registered with must be valid and accurate all the time. Furthermore, this information is openly visible on WHOIS websites and while this may be okay for organizations, it may not be very convenient for individuals, since anyone can see their names and their personal email and postal addresses, especially in times when identity fraud is not that unusual. This is why registrar companies have launched a service that hides the details of their customers without altering them. The service is referred to as Whois Privacy Protection. If it is active, people will view the details of the domain registrar, not those of the domain owner, if they perform a WHOIS lookup. The Whois Privacy Protection service is supported by all generic TLD extensions, but it’s still impossible to hide your info with certain country-code extensions.

Whois Privacy Protection in Website Hosting

If you get a website hosting plan from us, you’ll be able to enable Whois Privacy Protection for any of your domain names if their extensions support this service. You can register/transfer a domain and add Whois Privacy Protection during the registration process or you can activate the service for any of your domains at any time later via the Hepsia hosting Control Panel. The procedure is amazingly easy – once you sign in, you will need to visit the Registered Domains section where you will notice a list of all the domains that you have registered with us. For each of them you’ll notice an “Whois Privacy Protection” button, which will show you if the service is activated or not. By clicking on it, you can either Whois Privacy Protect the domain, or you can deactivate the service if it is currently activated.

Whois Privacy Protection in Semi-dedicated Servers

Enabling Whois Privacy Protection for any domain is unbelievably easy in case you have a semi-dedicated server. If the domain name is registered with our company, it will be displayed in the Registered Domains section of the Hepsia hosting Control Panel that comes with each and every semi-dedicated server plan. In case a given generic or country-specific Top-Level Domain is Whois Privacy Protection-eligible, you will notice a mini logo to the right of that domain. To activate the Whois Privacy Protection service, you will need to click on it. In the same manner, you can also renew or disable the service. You can activate Whois Privacy Protection for a domain during the account activation procedure too, but since the Whois Privacy Protection service is optional, we’ll offer you the chance to add it to any of your domain names at a later point in time in case you think things over and decide to hide your private details from the public eye after you have already created the account.