Per our registrar agreement with the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), the contact and registrant information listed for your domain name must be made public. Using false information is a violation and can lead to the termination of your domain name registration.
We understand most people do not want their personal contact information (name, address, email address, and phone number) made public in the Whois database. That’s why we have offered Private Registration services through an affiliate company, Domains By Proxy® (DBP), since 2002.
When you purchase DBP Private Registration services, the Whois database lists DBP's name, mailing address, and phone number instead of your personal contact information.
DBP also creates a private unique email address for your domain name — you decide to have any arriving email forwarded, filtered for spam, or not forwarded at all.Although DBP is listed as the registrant of your domain name on the Whois database, you retain FULL CONTROL over your domain name. You can:
DBP does not allow you to use its private domain name services for spamming, violating the law, or engaging in morally objectionable activities. Violating these policies will result in service cancellation.
A separate Domains By Proxy® (DBP) account ultimately adds another layer of protection to your domain name — and you!
Unlike many services we offer, DBP, a separate, affiliate company, provides our Private Registration service. By having a separate DBP account you thwart potential domain name hijackers — they need access to your DBP account and your account with us to cancel your Private Registration and steal your domain name. Most thieves don't take the time to hack two accounts, and they move on to another domain name.
You might think your domain name isn't valuable. Keep in mind domain name hijacking has increased exponentially over the years. Domain names are now stolen, not just for their value, but to facilitate all types of illicit scams worldwide, including spam and fraud, and to relay malware, destructive bots, and more.
Yes, you can request an Extended Validation (EV) SSL certificate for a privately-registered domain name. We need to verify that you control the domain you intend to secure, and EV certificates have strict verification guidelines.
To verify that you control the domain, you must respond to emails sent to the Registrant or Administrative contacts listed in a Whois search for the domain name. Because private registration services block personal email addresses from displaying, many registrars let users forward email received by the proxy address. After you set up email forwarding, contact us to resend the email.
If you have private registration through Domains By Proxy®, see Setting Email Forwarding Preferences for Domain Names with Privacy to set up email forwarding in your account.
If you cannot configure email forwarding, or you are unable to verify using this method, you must submit a Verified Legal Opinion or a CPA letter indicating your exclusive right to use the domain name on the Internet. See Request an SSL certificate for more information.
You might also need to perform a practical demonstration, such as modifying the domain's zone file or creating a Web page with a designated code.
Business Registration works in conjunction with Domains By Proxy® Private Registration (also known as privacy) to keep your personal information private while promoting your business.
Private Registration shields your personal contact information, which is separate from your Business Registration information. Business Registration contains only the information you want to make public, such as business hours, office phone numbers, and fax numbers.
If you want to have both types of registration, you must purchase them separately.
With Private Registration, you retain full control over your domain name, while Domains By Proxy® (DBP), our affiliate company, protects your identity.
In your DBP account, you can:
Our system hides your contact information during your domain name's expiration period to protect you from harassment. Here's how the private contact information displays in the Whois database:
|Registrant||Admin & Technical|
c/o GoDaddy.com, LLC
GoDaddy Redemption Services Support@GoDaddy.com
Things you should know:
NOTE: At this time we, cannot make all expiring TLDs private. We are working to provide this service for all TLDs in the future.