When you register a domain name, you are asked to provide up-to-date contact information. This is part of a policy established by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the organization that coordinates the world’s domain system. Your information is then stored in a publicly accessible WHOIS database, which can be easily searched and accessed by anyone with an Internet connection. That means anyone can find your personal information, including spammers, marketers, and identity thieves.
A quick WHOIS lookup will provide your personal name and contact details. For example, a search for www.awesomelawncare.com might look something like this:
Note: WHOIS Privacy is available for more TLDs, but there are some exceptions. For instance, .CA and *.UK allow WHOIS Privacy for individuals, but not for companies. Some do not allow WHOIS Privacy at all, for example, .SEXY, .DE, .EU, and .US. And then there are others, such as .AT, that allow WHOIS Privacy only in very specific instances.
Enabling or disabling WHOIS Privacy
Hover automatically includes WHOIS Privacy with every domain we sell, so if you want WHOIS Privacy to be enabled on your domain, you don't need to do a thing.
If you want to disable WHOIS Privacy follow these steps: