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When you register a domain, you will have the option to add privacy protection to block your personal data from the public. Depending on who your registrar and hosting provider is, they will sometimes offer domain privacy at no extra cost.

Here at Bluehost, we do more than just provide powerful web hosting. We also provide extra tools to help protect our customers and their personal information. One of the best features we offer for online security is domain privacy.

WHOIS ICANN directory: Is your information private?

First, what is ICANN? ICANN is the organization tasked by the government to manage domain names. They require every domain owner to publicly list their contact information in a WHOIS database. The downside, however, is that this makes it easier for anyone to find and contact the owner of a domain name. Including scam artists, hackers, and identity thieves.

Protect your private information with Bluehost

Don’t worry! We can mask your personal information with our own. You still own your domain name, but your contact details won’t be publicly displayed. For example, the address and telephone number listed will be that of Bluehost instead of your own. 

So how does it work? Simple! Go to your Bluehost control panel and click on the “Upgrades” tab. Then enable Domain Privacy to keep your personal information private!

What information does domain privacy protection hide?

Domain privacy protection hides your personal contact information that you would otherwise be required to provide during domain registration. This includes your name, physical address, email address, and phone number.  

Are there any downsides or limitations to domain privacy protection?

While domain privacy protection offers significant benefits, there are a few considerations to keep in mind. Firstly, some domain extensions (TLDs) may not support privacy protection, so it’s essential to check if your desired TLD is eligible. Additionally, in certain cases, legitimate organizations or individuals may need to contact you, and the privacy service might act as a barrier. However, most privacy services provide a secure way to forward these inquiries to you while maintaining your privacy.

Is domain privacy worth it?

You might be asking yourself, do I need domain name privacy protection? The short answer: It depends on what you’re comfortable with. Do you want to protect your personal information from being shown in the directories? Then you should enable domain privacy.

  • Devin Sears

    Devin is a Senior Event Marketing Manager for the Bluehost brand. He is our brand steward for all things Bluehost and WordPress. You'll always see him supporting Bluehost at WordCamps around the world!

    Brigham Young University
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