You control the flow of information
Domain Privacy Protection shields your name, email, phone number and complete address from hackers, spammers and identity thieves. You control your information on the public WHOIS directory while also retaining complete control over your domain.
Stop Hackers & Spammers in Their Tracks
With your complete personal information easily accessible in the WHOIS you’ll receive dozens of spam emails daily, telemarketing calls from agencies, and dubious sollicitations from other companies pretending to be your current provider. Reduce your risks by shielding your information with Domain Privacy Protection.
Domain Privacy Protection FAQ
What is the WHOIS?Whenever you register a domain, your name, email, phone number and complete address is recorded in the public WHOIS database. The WHOIS was created to ensure online transparency; however, in recent years it been used or harvested by spammers, hackers and identity thieves.
Though there are some exceptions, such as .CA domains, if you have not specifically enabled domain privacy protection then your information is on the WHOIS for everyone to see through easily accessible online tools.
Privacy protection for .CA domainsIf you have a .CA domain, then you automatically have privacy protection. Just one of the ways that CIRA (the Registry in charge of all .CA domains) shows its appreciation to its Canadian clients. Please note that the automatic privacy protection applies only to Canadian citizens, permanent residents, legal representatives and aboriginal persons, i.e. does not apply to businesses or organizations.
What is private registration? What is ID protection?ID protection and private registration are other names used for domain privacy protection. We here at Web Hosting Canada prefer to use the clearer term, as ‘ID protection’ and ‘private registration’ could refer to a number of different services.
How important is domain privacy protection?Quite important! Without it you will almost certainly be spammed by a variety of different services (website tools, ‘enlargement’ pills, weight loss programs, etc.) the ‘too-good-to-be-true’ emails (that prince from that foreign country just needs you to transfer money) and the random nonsense types (click here to unsubscribe!). Any of these could have viruses or programs to steal information of your device. Worse, hackers and identity thieves can potentially use the information to attack you or steal from you. Hence, opting out of privacy protection exposes you to greater risk.
Are there domains that cannot activate privacy protection?Yes. Certain extensions are managed by registries that have chosen to opt out of the privacy protection service, or that are subject to certain requirements that WHC does not yet support. Here is a non-exhaustive list: .BE, .DE, .ES, .EU, .FR, .NYC, .PRO and .US.