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What is ID Protection?
Updated Wednesday July 3rd 2019 / Category Domain Names

When registering a domain name, there is some information that must be provided so that it may be displayed on the WHOIS lookup for that particular domain name. Depending on the extension you’re registering, you will find different types of information will be displayed when conducting a WHOIS lookup.

Registering domain name extensions known as gTLDs (for example .com, .net, and .org) will require personal information such as your name, address, email address, and contact phone number. This information is then displayed on the WHOIS lookup for everybody to see.

NOTE: The registrant information that you provide must be valid and true. In the event that the regulatory body needs to contact you regarding your domain, they will use the details that you have given.

Why is ID Protection Important?

ID Protection can help protect your identity and mitigate the risk of being spammed by malicious scammers who regularly scrape WHOIS databases.

It works by replacing the details you provide upon registration with generic details and a hidden email address that then forwards to your real email address. This is helpful as it prevents scammers from getting your details, but ensures that important emails related to your domain name still come through to you.

How do I enable ID protection?

There will be an option to enable ID protection throughout the checkout process. Just in case you do miss it, here is how to enable it through your VIPControl account:

  1. Click on the My Services option on the top-left in your account > Domains from the menu below
  2. Hit the Manage button for the domain name that you wish to edit
  3. Select ID Protection from under Security on the left-hand side > Hit the Enable ID Protection button (Pictured below)

Is ID Protection available on .AU domain names?

Unfortunately, the regulatory body responsible for the .AU namespace does not currently allow the use of ID Protection on any .AU domain names.

Fortunately, conducting a whois search on a .AU domain name will not reveal the phone number or postal address of the registrant, however, it will show business details (such as the registrant’s ABN).

If you need any assistance whilst following through with any of these processes, feel free to get in touch with us via eTicket or over the phone on 13 24 85.

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