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How To Enable and Disable the Domain Privacy and Protection

Overview

Every domain name is associated with public information about its owner. In the WHOIS database, the owner's name, email address, phone number, and even home address are accessible to the public online. The regulations and laws governing domain names mandate that all domain owners disclose their contact information. However, most people would not want their personal contact information accessible to scammers, hackers, and anyone else. This is why Domain Privacy and Protection are so valuable. Bluehost has a service called Domain Privacy which replaces your personal contact information in the public WHOIS database with generic Bluehost information. The domain name belongs to you, but your personal contact information can be kept safe. To know more about Domain Privacy Protection, please visit this article: What Is Domain Privacy Protection?



Enabling and Disabling Domain Privacy + Protection

Domain privacy gives you the option to hide any personal information displayed on the ICANN directory with generic contact information. To begin, you will need to access the Bluehost control panel.

Bluerock

  1. Click the Domains tab from the left-side navigation.
  2. Select the MyDomains option from the sub-navigation.
  3. Next to the desired domain name you wish to update, click the  icon next to Manage. 
  4. Select Security from the drop-down menu that appears.
    bluerock security
  5. Toggle the Domain Privacy button to enable and disable it.

Legacy

To begin, you will need to access the Bluehost control panel.

  1. Click the Domains tab from the left-side navigation.
  2. Click your desired domain name you wish to update
  3. Select Privacy
  4. Click the drop-down menu to enable or pause the Domain Privacy
    legacy

Note: Legacy accounts will feature a horizontal navigation bar at the top of the screen, while Bluerock account users will see a vertical navigation menu on the left-hand side of the screen. If you are still unsure what interface your account uses, please see Bluerock vs. Legacy to determine which step to follow.

How to Purchase a Domain Privacy

Before having the ability to enable Domain Privacy in your account, you need to purchase it. Follow these steps to achieve your goal.

To begin, you will need to access the Bluehost control panel.

  1. Click the Marketplace tab from the left-side navigation.
  2. Select the Add-ons option from the sub-navigation. The "Domain Privacy + Protection" option should be present in the list of add-ons at this point.
  3. Assign the domain privacy to your domain and check the box next to "I agree to the terms and conditions", then click on Buy Now to purchase
    purchase domain privacy

Additional Features of Domain Privacy + Protection

Domain Privacy + Protection includes Malware Scans to protect your domain and run malware scans, and SMS Notifications to notify you if anything happens to your website.
  1. Click the Domains tab from the left-side navigation.
  2. Select the MyDomains option from the sub-navigation.
  3. Next to the domain name you wish to update, click the  icon next to Manage. 
  4. Select Settings from the drop-down menu that appears.
    bluerock settings
  5. Under Domain Privacy + Protection, toggle the button to enable and disable the Malware Scan or the Domain SMS Notifications.
    domain privacy and protection

For further assistance, you may contact our Chat Support or Phone Support via 888-401-4678. You may also refer to our Knowledge Base articles to help answer common questions and guide you through various setup, configuration, and troubleshooting steps.