Did you know that when you register a website domain name, the registration details are available to anyone who searches a public database online?
It's called the WHOIS database. The details stored could include your name, address, email and phone number. You can perform a WHOIS lookup on your domain name at www.allwhois.com.
Some spammers mine this for email addresses. It can even be used by scammers looking to steal or transfer your domain name.
WHOIS privacy stops your personal or business details being found. It replaces your details with generic information from our privacy service and costs only £4.99 plus VAT at 20% a year.
It's completely above board and the domain is still owned by you.
What details are shown when WHOIS Privacy is activated on my 123-reg domain?
If you choose to activate WHOIS privacy on your 123-reg domain , there are 2 formats in which details will be displayed depending on when your domain was registered.
Domains registered after January 1st 2011
Registrant Name: Identity Protection Service
Registrant Company: Identity Protect Limited
Registrant Address: PO BOX 1125
Registrant Address: Guildford
Registrant Address: Surrey
Registrant Address: GU1 9LU
Registrant Address: United Kingdom
Domains registered before January 1st 2011
Contact Privacy Inc. Customer 0120080906
96 Mowat Ave
Toronto, ON M6K 3M1
You could also choose to opt-out of the .uk database by logging in to the Nominet Control panel, and opting out from there. However, this option does not remove the same level of information as the WhoIs privacy option, and will still leave some of your details on the website.