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Do you offer a WHOIS privacy service?

Last Updated: Mar 13, 2015 03:51PM NZDT

We understand that some of you may wish to protect your contact information in the public WHOIS database. With iwantmyname you can hide these details, while retaining full control of ownership.

How much do you charge for protecting my privacy?

This service is free of charge and included with every domain registration that supports WHOIS masking (see below). If your current registrar charges extra for WHOIS proxy services, you should start your domain transfer here.

Who can use the WHOIS privacy service?

This service is only available for individuals who wish to protect their personal domains. It also applies mostly to gTLDs and a few ccTLDs (more information below).

We believe it should be in the best interest of any company or organization to use a contactable address when registering domains. If you need protection for your company, you should consider creating your own WHOIS privacy service.

Where can I enable WHOIS privacy?

You can add the service from the WHOIS update page of your domains under Domains > > Domain owner > enable privacy.

We are pleased to let you know that we now offer a full WHOIS masking service (it masks name, address, phone number, and email address).

How do I update from the old WHOIS privacy to the new full masking?

If you login to your account and go to the relevant domain's page in your dashboard, if WHOIS privacy was already in place, you will see a "disable privacy" link. Click that link to remove the old WHOIS privacy. Then, when the page refreshes, click on the new "enable privacy" link. Accept the terms, and the new full masking will be added.

Which domain extensions (TLDs) are supported?

See the full list of domain extensions supporting WHOIS privacy (for .UK domains you can opt out of the whois service at the registry Nominet).

Why don't you offer this service for other domain extensions, e.g. .DE, .NZ or .US?

Most country code top-level domains (ccTLDs) don't allow private registrations according to their registration policies. Unfortunately, we do not have any influence over this.

How do you protect my personal information?

If you have the old masking in place, your address and phone number would be masked, but your name and email address would be visible. If you have the new masking in place, all of your personal information, including name and email, are masked now.

You are still the legal owner (registrant) of any domain name, and have full control should you wish to update the registrant details, change the owner, or transfer it to another registrar.

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