What is WHOIS privacy?

Whois privacy or domain privacy is a free or paid service offered by most domain name registrars and web hosting providers.

When you register a domain name, ICANN requires registrars to provide them with your contact information (such as name, email, address, and phone number). This is then added to the Whois database.

This database lists the owners of every domain name online, and it can be searched by anyone on the Internet including spammers, marketing firms, and online fraudsters.

Whois privacy is a service which hides this information by replacing it with generic contact information.

Privacy by default

Some top-level domains are private by default:

Privacy forbidden

Some top-level domains can't have private info:

Domain name registrars with free Whois privacy

Namecheap, Porkbun, and Google Domains always include free Whois privacy.

Web hosting services with free Whois privacy

DreamHost includes free Whois privacy with its domain names, and free domain names with annual plans.