What is domain privacy?
Domain privacy is a service offered by registrars where they replace the publicly available contact information with their own. This prevents the public from seeing your contact information. Contact information for a domain name can be viewed here: whois.com/whois/
Do I need domain privacy?
We require you to have domain privacy turned on as a requirement for the gateway approval process. It is also important to keep your information private. Without privacy enabled, anyone can view the personal information associated with your domain.
We also recommend entering random information into the domain contact details just to be on the safe side. This way, if something happens to the domain privacy, or your domain expires, your personal information is not leaked. Please note that although you can enter bogus contact information, you must enter a valid email address so you can receive notifications for things like renewal notices.
Be sure privacy is set to auto-renew.
If you are having difficulty applying domain privacy to your domain (can occur with some country-specific domain extensions like .co.uk), let us know.
How do I turn on domain privacy?
Here are instructions for NameCheap.com (our recommended registrar) - they call this service "WhoisGuard".
1. Sign into your Namecheap account.
2. Select Domain List from the left sidebar and click the Manage button next to your domain:
3. Click the Protection toggle next to WhoisGuard to enable it:
If you don't have a WhoisGuard subscription associated with your domain yet, visit the WhoisGuard product page to purchase it.
Enter bogus information
If your privacy is important to you, we STRONGLY RECOMMEND using your public alias in place of your real name, and enter random address information in the address fields. Even if you purchase privacy, some country-specific domain names like .co.uk WILL STILL PUBLICLY REVEAL THE INFORMATION IN THE NAME FIELD.
There have also been cases of whois data being revealed publicly leaked.