According to the policy adopted by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the contact information a domain is registered with must be correct and up to date at all times. In addition, this info is openly visible on WHOIS sites and while this may be okay for firms, it may not be very acceptable for individuals, since anyone can view their names and their personal email and postal addresses, especially in an age when identity theft is not that rare. Because of this, registrar companies have come up with a service that conceals the details of their clients without modifying them. The service is called Whois Privacy Protection. In case it is active, people will see the details of the registrar, not those of the domain owner, if they make a WHOIS inquiry. The Whois Privacy Protection service is supported by all generic domain name extensions, but it is still not possible to hide your personal information with certain country-code extensions.
Whois Privacy Protection in Shared Hosting
You can quickly activate Whois Privacy Protection for any domain name that you have registered through our company in case you have a shared hosting account with us. This can be accomplished through the same Hepsia Control Panel, via which you administer the web hosting account, so you will not need to log in and out of different admin dashboards. In the very same section where all your registered domains will be listed, there will be an “Whois Privacy Protection” icon for each and every domain whose extension supports the service. The status of that icon will quickly show you whether the Whois Privacy Protection service is enabled for a certain domain or not and by clicking that icon you can enable the service if you have not done so during the signup process. Furthermore, you will also be able to renew or to deactivate the Whois Privacy Protection service for any domain using the same icon and the change will take effect right away.
Whois Privacy Protection in Semi-dedicated Hosting
Enabling Whois Privacy Protection for any domain is extremely easy if you have a semi-dedicated server. As long as the domain name is registered through us, it will be displayed in the Registered Domains section of the Hepsia hosting Control Panel that comes with each semi-dedicated server plan. If a specific generic or country-specific top-level domain name supports Whois Privacy Protection, you will see a mini symbol on the right-hand side of that domain. To enable the service, you will have to click on it. In the exact same way, you can also renew or remove the service. You can activate Whois Privacy Protection for a domain name upon registration too, but since the Whois Privacy Protection service is optional, we’ll offer you the possibility to add it to any of your domain names later in case you think things over and choose to hide your private details from the public after you have already ordered the semi-dedicated account.