What Is Domain Privacy Protection?
Domain Privacy + Protection
When anyone registers a domain, that person's name, email address, phone number, and even home address is publicly available online in the WHOIS database. This happens because the laws surrounding domain names require every domain name owner to disclose their contact information.
Since most people don't want their personal contact information available to the public where scammers, hackers, and anyone else can see it, they use Domain Privacy. Domain Privacy + Protection is a service Bluehost offers that will hide your personal contact information from the public WHOIS database and replace it with generic Bluehost contact information instead. You are still the owner of the domain name, but your personal contact information can be kept safe.
Domain Privacy + Protection protects you from:
- Spam and other unsolicited emails.
- Unwanted phone calls and postal mail.
- Identity theft.
- Fraudulent domain transfers.
- Competitors being able to look up which domains you own.
- Malware and SEO blacklists
- Some TLDs don't allow Domain Privacy
- GDPR Domain Masking
- How to add Domain Privacy + Protection to your domain
Not all domain extensions (TLDs) will allow you to have domain privacy. Each registry sets its own rules. Most ccTLD's (country code top-level domains like .us, .ca, .uk) do not actually allow WHOIS protection. In March 2005, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) said that all owners of .us domains would not have the option of keeping their information private and that information must be made public.
If you're a customer who has protection through GDPR (General Data Protection Regulation) law, Domain Privacy will add an additional layer of protection on top of it. For example, some registrars have trusted vendors who still have access to data associated with a domain even though that data isn't listed publicly. Adding domain privacy will keep all your information private. Further details regarding this service can be found in our Domain Registration Agreement.
- Log in to your Bluehost control panel.
- In the left navigation, select "Marketplace," and then, in that same navigation, select "Add-ons."
- Then find Domain Privacy + Protection from the list of add-ons, select it, and you'll be set to add it to your domain.