Domain Privacy & Protection

Free privacy protection, forever.

  • GoDaddy domains include free privacy protection* for the life of your domain to protect your personal info and prevent spam.
  • Replaces your personal info with proxy info in the public WHOIS directory.
  • Prevents spam with private email for domain inquiries.


Threats on the internet are real. Let’s get you fully protected.

While GoDaddy domains include free privacy protection* to guard your personal info, our Full and Ultimate Domain Protection plans go further: they not only protect against threats like domain hijackers, but they can even prevent honest mistakes like accidental transfers or expirations — and shield you from unauthorized access.

If you already have a domain, add protection in My Domains.

Threats on the internet are real. Let’s get you fully protected.

Full Domain Protection

Ultimate Domain Protection

Prevents hackers from stealing your domain or making any other unauthorized changes
Requires your approval via 2-factor authentication for vital changes like deleting or transferring a domain
Hold on to your domain for an extra 90 days if your credit card or your billing method expires at renewal

Why you need Domain Privacy & Protection.

If your current domain provider isn't giving you the service and support you need, you just want to consolidate your properties or it's just time for a change — we can help. Our goal is to make the transfer process as simple as possible so that you can get on with more important things in your life.
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Lock down your data.

While most of your personal data is shielded by Basic Privacy Protection, the remainder is visible for the world to see. It's important to keep all of your private data safe.
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Don't lose what's yours.

Losing your domain can be devastating. Our Domain Privacy & Protection puts your domain on lockdown. It makes accidental or malicious transfers virtually impossible. Plus, it gives you the ability to rescue your site, as long as you pay for the renewal within that time.
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Automatic online protection.

Domain Privacy & Protection is like having an online security guard. It automatically scans for malware and uses continuous security monitoring to tackle new threats. It also monitors search engine blacklists to protect your domain reputation.

Please note: Domain Privacy & Protection is not available for certain domain names, including some country-code extensions (ccTLDs)


What's in the WHOIS directory?

The WHOIS directory is a searchable list of every single domain name registered in the world. 

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) requires accredited registrars to publish this information in the WHOIS listing as soon as the domain is registered.

What about my business? I want people to find me.

By default, Privacy Protection is active on eligible domains. To allow others to see your contact information, you may turn off Privacy Protection from your domain settings.

How does Privacy Protection work?

Instead of displaying your personal information in the WHOIS database for all to see, our partner Domains By Proxy will replace it with its own. The domain will belong to you - except now, you and Domains By Proxy® will be the only ones who know it.

What is Domain Privacy Protection and the benefits?

Domain Protection gives you full control over your domain names while providing online protection for your personal data and private data from identity theft, domain-related spam and domain name hijacking.

For more information, see Updating your domain name contact information.