Wednesday October 5, 2022
Hide Your Personal Data With Hostinger’s Automatic WHOIS Privacy Protection
Have you ever felt conflicted about all the personal information you must give out when registering a domain?
While that might not be a big deal for a domain flipper, most of us would prefer for our phone numbers and mailing addresses to remain anonymous.
Safeguarding your contact data is now easier than ever, thanks to Hostinger’s free and automated WHOIS privacy protection.
Wait, Why Do I Need WHOIS Privacy Protection?
Domain registrars, like Hostinger, are required by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) to provide up-to-date personal information during the domain registration process.
This data is recorded in the public WHOIS database next to your domain name. As a result, anyone can look up domain names and find out who owns them and check other registration details.
While there is no immediate danger in having your contact details publicly available, the downsides often outweigh the benefits.
After all, it’s more likely that you will get a bunch of unwanted sales calls and spam emails, rather than potential high bidders for your domain name (unless, you know, you own google.com).
This is where WHOIS privacy protection comes in. By hiding your personal data, you keep yourself safe not just from spammers, but from potential hackers, too.
OK, I’m In – What Do I Do?
If you recently purchased or transferred a new domain, you don’t have to do anything. The WHOIS privacy protection is automatically applied to all eligible domains.*
If, on the other hand, you registered your domain a while ago, head to your domain management panel to manually enable the privacy protection for your domain.
For a detailed how-to, read this support article. If you encounter any problems, our 24/7 live Customer Success team is always available to help.
What’s Next at Hostinger
Check out our product roadmap to see all recent and upcoming feature implementations, updates, and improvements.
And if you’ve got an idea for our product team, you can even make suggestions about what you’d like to see in the future!
*Remember that there are a handful of domain names that are excluded from the WHOIS privacy protection due to regulations of the registries that own them. Scroll down to the Notes section of the WHOIS Privacy Protection Knowledgebase article for the complete list.