In America alone, there are an estimated 9 million cases of identity theft each year¹ and 3 trillion² spam emails sent each year. Spammers and thieves can get your information through your domain name’s public record. ID Protect keeps your information safe by privatizing your domain’s entry in public records.
ID Protect keeps your information private, so identity thieves can’t find you.
Legitimate emails such as purchase offers for your domain are still forwarded to you.
Your contact details are kept out of the hands of spammers, so you get less spam.
ID Protect follows rules set out by ICANN, the governing body for domain names.
International rules require that valid contact information—known as Whois—is available for every domain name. ID Protect cloaks your identity and provides proxy contact information in the Whois.
ID Protect 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 Protect 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 Protect, 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.
Our support technicians can disable ID Protect on an expired domain.
To prove ownership of your domain, temporarily disable ID Protect and then ask the verifying party to confirm whois registration details.
To disable ID Protect take the following steps:
Once the ownership verification is complete, you can turn the ID Protect service back on from Domains > My Domains > Manage > Addons page.
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.
The .us Registry requires that .us domain names have actual identity and contact information, rather than forwarding information.
ID Protect can be purchased for the following TLDs: com, net, org, biz, info, name, tv, cc, me
No. The domain must be registered with us in order to use ID Protect. ID Protect cannot be used with our DNS Hosting.
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 Protect service will forward to the email address associated with the domain name.
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