What is the difference between public and private domain name registration?
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 since 2002.
When you purchase Private Registration services, the Whois database lists a generic name, mailing address, and phone number instead of your personal contact information. we also create 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 the listed registrant of your domain name is generic on the Whois database, you retain FULL CONTROL over your domain name.
• Cancel, sell, or renew your domain name
• Control the content for your website
• Set the nameservers for your domain name
• Update your underlying domain name contact information
• Resolve any and all disputes involving your domain name
Private Registration provides a variety of benefits! It helps you:
• Protect your identity
• Stop domain name-related spam
• Thwart harassers and stalkers
• End data mining
• Maintain personal and family privacy
• Prevent your domain from being hijacked
• Shield legitimate entrepreneurial business endeavors
• Voice political and other First Amendment speech
We do not allow you to use our private domain name services for spamming, violating the law, or engaging in morally objectionable activities. Violating these policies will result in service cancellation.
Can I request a Premium Extended Validation (EV) SSL certificate for a private domain?
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, see Set Email Forwarding for Domains with Privacy to set up email forwarding in your account.
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