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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    Michael Fich

    Hi James,

    I'm interested in getting more information about this specific case to try to help troubleshoot this issue further.  I'm sending you an email from help@hover.com momentarily.  Please keep an eye out for that message and get back to me whenever it is convenient to do so.

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    Ari Koivula

    How come whois privacy is not available on .la-domain? This service https://iwantmyname.com/whois-privacy seems to offer it for .la-domain, so couldn't you as well?

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    Michael Fich

    Hi Ari,

    Thank you for getting in contact with us about this. I do apologize for the delay in getting back to you, though I wanted to double check on this first on my end.

    While WHOIS privacy is supported by the .LA domain name registry, it is not available through our platform. Our WHOIS privacy depends not only on the registry's willingness to allow registration records to be masked, but also the method by which it is masked needs to be compatible with our systems.

    Most registries which allow for WHOIS privacy only require the registrar to provide proxy contact information, such as that shown in this article under the heading "Protecting your personal information", rather than the actual registrant information. Any registry which requires data in a different format, such as both the proxy and registrant information, is not compatible with our platform.

    We're looking at making upgrades to our system to allow greater flexibility and offer WHOIS privacy as a feature for more domain names, and hope to be able to offer this to you in the future.

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    Aaron Kent

    Can this document be updated to include Blair M's [June 20, 2014, 17:24] information with regard to SSL cert verification?

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    Jay Holtslander

    The URL mentioned in the article ( http://smartwhois.com) is no longer working.

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    Terri-Leigh H.

    Hi Aaron and Jay

    Apologies for the delay Aaron. We're looking at updating this article to include more information regarding the contactprivacy.com emails.

    Jay - we'll be updating that link soon. In the meantime, you can use http://whois.domaintools.com/ for your Whois lookup.

    Thanks for having keen eyes on the details. It's really helpful!

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    Troy May

    Why is it not available for .io domains?  I see others have it.

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    James Daly

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

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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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    Christina Gunn

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

     

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