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WHOIS Domain Privacy
Bluehost WHOIS Domain Privacy
ICANN, the organization tasked by the government with managing domain names, requires contact information for every domain owner to be publicly listed in the WHOIS database. This makes it easy for the public to find and contact the owner of a domain, and it also makes domain owners vulnerable to unwanted solicitation.
Bluehost Domain Privacy is available on domains registered with Bluehost and offers to protect your personal domain registration information from public WHOIS searches. By enabling WHOIS Domain Privacy, you can keep your personal contact information private. If you would like to enable Domain Privacy on your Bluehost domain, please see Bluehost Pricing.
Bluehost Domain Privacy
Our Domain Privacy service acts as a shield. Instead of showing your personal contact information in the public database, the contact information for the Bluehost Domain Privacy service will be displayed. This allows you to keep your information accurate and up-to-date as required by ICANN regulations, while shielding your information from public view.
Domain Privacy protects you from:
- Spam and other unsolicited email.
- Unwanted phone calls and postal mail.
- Identity theft.
- Fraudulent domain transfers.
- Competitors being able to look up which domains you own.
- And much more.
WHOIS Domain Privacy Availability
Not all domain extensions (TLDs) are allowed to have a private WHOIS. Each Registry sets its own rules regarding this. Most ccTLD's (country code top level domains) do not actually allow WHOIS protection.
In March 2005, the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) said that all owners of .us domains will not have the option of keeping their information private, and that information must be made public.
How to Enable Domain Privacy
To enable Domain Privacy for your domain:
- Log into cPanel.
- Click on the Domain Manager tab.
- In the left panel, select a domain.
- In the right panel, click on the Privacy Options tab.
- Select the radio button for Privacy ON.
- Click Save Changes
You will be invoiced, and WHOIS privacy will be enabled on your domain. Please note: Privacy only works on live queries. Some companies cache the information and we have no control over them.
Changing Placeholder Information
Sometimes domains are registered with Bluehost information since we do the registration manually. This is not private registration, and failure to update WHOIS with your appropriate information will cause you to miss important updates about your domain.
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