Domain WHOIS Privacy

What is WHOIS Privacy?

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:

Creosote, Demetri, hr@awesomelawncare.com1974 Cowick Street
Arctic Bay, NU X0A 0A0
CA
+1.8675310123

Protecting your personal information

WHOIS Privacy allows you to keep your personal information from being published. When someone does a WHOIS lookup for a domain with WHOIS Privacy, the result that comes back looks something like this:

contactprivacy.com, awesomelawncare.com@contactprivacy.com96 Mowat Ave
Toronto, ON M6K 3M1
CA
+1.4165385457

If they try to contact you by using that email address, the sender will receive an automated email back which includes a link to an online form to submit their request. Once they do this, then the message is sent to the domain owner. Doing it this way prevents people from spamming the Privacy Contact email address. Only a real person will be able to click the link in the email and fill out their request in the form online.

You can visit http://whois.tucows.com/ to do your own WHOIS lookup.

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:

  1. Sign in to your Hover account at https://www.hover.com/signin
  2. Beside the domain that you want to edit, click on the Privacy Icon save image

    You will be asked to confirm that you want to remove WHOIS Privacy from the domain. 

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If you have only one domain name in your account, you will be taken directly to the Overview page. Click the green slider to change Whois Privacy to Off.

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40 Comments

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    Christina Gunn

    How do we check forms submitted to our xyz@contactprivacy.com?

     

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    Henry Abey

    Hi Jovin, you can add the @contactprivacy.com domain to your safe sender list to make sure the messages don't go to spam. We have a step by step tutorial that can show you how to do this. Thanks for the question!

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    James Daly

    This sux I wouldn't have transferred my domains here had I known this.

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    Brian Fischer

    When will the .us TLD have privacy? If I only knew years ago what I know now. I pretty invested in my .us domains now. :(

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    Tyson Acker

    Hi Brian - that's entirely up to the U.S. Commerce Department.  Technically speaking, we could enable privacy for .us domain names without much extra work on our end.  We have tools in place for other top-level domain names.  The .us registry stopped permitting registrars to provide privacy or proxy services to mask whois contact information in 2005.  Here's an old news article about the issue:  http://www.wired.com/politics/security/news/2005/03/66787?currentPage=all

    I'd love it if we could offer privacy to .us domain owners.  As a Canadian working in this business, I encourage our American friends and neighbours to tell their politicians that they want privacy on their .us domain names, either by allowing registrars to offer privacy again or by having domain privacy managed by the .us domain registry in a manner similar to how the .ca and .uk registries manage privacy.

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    Barry Riddell

    Forgot to mention....all my posts are gone from this because I made them delete them.

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    Brian Cabral

    We are looking to possibly remove the parked page sometime in the future but for the time being you can delete the default A-records in the DNS for the domain so that it will not resolve.

    On the other hand, you can forward your domain to a generic under construction page like this: http://ispectrum.org/UnderConstructionWhite.jpg

     

     

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    Kevin Schadel

    Is there a reason why .fm does not have whois privacy?
    Is there a way to enable it?

    Thanks!

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    Steven Combes

    Let's say you register a domain, and you select whois privacy, free with domain registration.  Great right?  Now somebody visits the newly registered URL, and they land on the Hover parked page that says "Steven's stuff".  Not so private while the domain is parked right?  Perhaps consider removing any personal identifiers from the parked domain page, like, say GoDaddy does?  *gasp* Did he just say GoDaddy?  Don't worry, Hover is my go-to for domain registry.

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    Jovin Genovese

    Is there a way to disable the spam filter on the @contactprivacy.com or at least go through the spam myself? It seems that a few legitimate emails are flagged as spam and never reach my inbox.

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