Once a domain name is registered people can then search on the publically available Whois database to identify who owns a particular domain name.
Why Do I Need To Consider Privacy?
The reason that you may want to keep your details private are the obvious ones around privacy and security. If your personal details like name, address, phone and email are shown on a Whois search then that could lead to nuisance calls or unwanted marketing materials being sent to you or possibly even identity theft.
What Happens If I Register A Domain In My Name And My Address?
If your domain name is registered as a business then that might not be an issue if you are using a business address and phone number.
However, often people will register their domain name in a personal capacity rather than as a business. Maybe that’s because they have not set up their business yet or purely because the domain name is for non business purposes.
For that reason there are a number of ways that you can protect your personal details from being made public. This is called Whois Privacy and it depends on the type of domain name you have registered.
.COM WHOIS Privacy
If you have registered a Top Level Domain (TLD) like a .com, .net, .org, .biz, etc., then there is a Whois Privacy service which is a chargeable service. You need to pay for the Whois Privacy Service each year that your domain name is registered.
When someone does a whois search on your domain name they will not see your name, address, phone number or email address.
You can set up Whois Privacy at any time through your Hosting Billing Area and it will be instantly activated.
.CO.UK Domain Privacy
With UK domain names like .co.uk, .uk, .org.uk the process is slightly different. In fact it is a free service if you are registering your domain name as an individual rather than as a business.
You can specify this when you are ordering your domain name. When you order there are a number of options for ‘Legal Type of Registrant Contact’.
If you are registering your domain name as an individual then you need to select the option ‘UK Individual’ or ‘Non UK Individual’. These are the only options which will allow you to set the Whois Privacy on.
If you choose any other option such as ‘UK Limited Company’ then your details will appear on the Whois search.
It is also worth noting that with UK domains the details which show are the owner’s name, business name and address. Telephone numbers and email addresses do not appear on Whois searches for UK domain names.
Finally, if you are registering the domain name for business purposes and you then subsequently register the domain name as an individual to use the Whois Privacy service for UK domains and the Registry (Nominet) discovers this they can temporarily suspend the domain name and ultimately revoke its use.
Getting Help For WHOIS Privacy
Should you experience any issues with the WHOIS Privacy please contact our support team and they can check and activate it manually if required.