Free Private Domain Registration
Show the world your website, not your home address.
With DreamHost's free domain privacy protection, we'll never charge you to keep your information safe – unlike other registrars.
- Say goodbye to spammers, scammers, and telemarketers
- Keep your personal information away from shifty-eyed troublemakers
- Reduce the risk of identity theft with domain privacy protection
The Gateway to Your Business
Multiple Layers of Privacy Protection
With so many layers of privacy protection, we're basically a security onion. DreamHost privacy provides solid protection against countless threats and annoyances.
What Privacy Protection Looks Like, IRL (In Real Life)
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|Contact Info||Proxy Protection, LLC
417 Associated Rd. #324
Brea, CA 92821 US
123 Main St.
Los Angeles, CA 90017 US
Check Out These Frequently Asked Questions About Domain Privacy
The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) broadly requires that the mailing address, phone number, and email address of those owning or administering a domain name are made publicly available through the "WHOIS" database.
The WHOIS database allows you to instantly obtain information on a given domain name, including who registered it, when it was created, who to contact at that domain, and so on. This is also a useful way to check whether a domain has been registered by Internic yet, or if it is still available.
Unfortunately, not all TLD extensions are eligible for domain privacy. Each registry sets their own requirements for domain owners, and some do not allow domain owners to list anything but their own contact details. Check the following article for an updated list of domains DreamHost offers that do NOT allow privacy: Domain Registration Privacy.
When you run a WHOIS query, several personal details of the owner of the registration are available such as:
- Full name
- Full address
- Phone number
- Email address
ICANN requires that domain owners have true and accurate ownership details on file with the registry. They can even force registrars to suspend customer domains if there is inaccurate ownership information listed in the system, and as a domain owner, you are required to list true and accurate ownership details for any domains you register. However, this information stays hidden from the public when you have privacy enabled for that domain.
Want to know more about how domain privacy works?
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