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Domain Privacy and Ownership Protection

Keep your domain safe and your personal details private with advanced security from 123 Reg

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Stay safe online with advanced domain protection

While the EU’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) has helped to keep domain registrations anonymous by restricting what information can be published to the WHOIS database, there’s still a long way to go.

Domain-related online threats are common and even more so now that identity thieves and hackers can also take advantage of private domain registration by shielding their details too.

Domain Ownership and Privacy Protection from 123 Reg adds an extra layer of security by locking your domain under a unique password that only you have access to. This protects you from theft, malicious transfers or even honest mistakes like the accidental deletion of your domain.

And that’s not all – this service comes with free domain privacy protection as standard, so you can rest assured that your details will be hidden from the registry and WHOIS, preventing third-party access.

It also gives you a renewal guarantee for your domain, so it’s protected for a year, even if your renewal fails for any reason.

Take advantage of the highest level of domain privacy and stay safe online with Domain Ownership Protection from 123 Reg.


Why choose Domain Ownership Protection?

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Hassle-free setup

This service works with all the most popular extensions, so once you’ve picked one, you can set it up immediately.

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Quick activation

Activate Domain Ownership Protection to receive your unique password and ensure that only you are able to manage your domain.

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Anonymous registration

With free WHOIS domain privacy protection included as standard, we’ll ensure that your personal information is private and hidden from the registry.

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Guaranteed renewal

If your domain renewal fails, we will renew it on your behalf for an additional year, so you don’t lose it to the open market.

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Protect an existing domain

If you have already registered your domain with 123 Reg, you can add Domain Ownership Protection straight from your Control Panel. Simply log in, select the domain you’d like to protect and then click the Manage button – you’ll then see a ‘Buy Domain Ownership Protection’ button.

Protect your Domain Name and your privacy


Prevent domain theft

With Domain Ownership Protection, your domain is locked under a unique password, so you are the only person responsible for domain management and making changes such as contact updates, cancellations or transfers.

Keep your personal information private

Our WHOIS free privacy protection ensures that no identifiable information about you is sent to the domain registry. This means that you still own the domain, but your details won’t be visible to the public.

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Avoid spammers and scammers

Stop spammers from contacting you. Stop your details being used to send SPAM or spread malware. Keep your business name squeaky clean by not being associated with junk email or scams.

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Don’t lose out on your domain

The one-year renewal guarantee that comes with Domain Ownership Protection creates a failsafe renewal system that ensures that if your renewal fails for any reason, your domain will remain yours.

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High protection, low price

Pay just £5.99 per year you register for the highest level of privacy and protection for your Domain Name.

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Can I be contacted?

It’s a legal requirement to provide a way for people to contact you about your domain. So we’ll set up an email address on your behalf, that will forward any genuine domain-related enquiries to you.

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Trusted by over a million sites

With a 99.9% uptime promise, expert telephone support and a 30-day money back guarantee, you’ll be in safe hands with 123 Reg.

Frequently asked questions

  • What is Domain Ownership and Privacy Protection?

    It’s a service that gives provides your domain with advanced security and protection by locking domain management features under a unique password.

    It’s important to make a copy of this password and stored it safely as we do not keep a copy of it on our database. This means that only you are able to make changes to your domain such as contact updates, cancellations or transfers, which protects your domain from theft, hijacking and even honest mistakes such as accidental deletions.

    Domain Ownership Protection also comes with free domain privacy protection included, which ensures that your personal information is private and hidden from the registry and the WHOIS database.

  • How do I use Domain Ownership Protection for my domain?

    If you’re buying new domains, you can add Domain Ownership Protection during the order process. To add it to the one that you already own, log in to your 123 Reg Control Panel.

  • Which domain names can I get Domain Ownership Protection for?

    The service is available for all the most popular extensions such as .com, .net, .co.uk, .org, .info, .me and .co. It also can be used with most other extensions, but there is a small number that cannot yet use this service. Following are the extensions that you cannot use private registration for: .ae, .archi, .asia, .at, .be, .berlin, .co.il, .co.nz,.co.za, .cx, .de, .es, .eu, .fr, .hamburg, .im, .in, .it, .jp, .nl, .pl, .pm, .pro, .ruhr, .us, .vote.

  • How long can I buy Domain Ownership Protection for?

    Domain Ownership Protection is purchased in line with the domain name you’re protecting. So, if you’re adding the service to a new domain you’ve purchased for two years, you’ll also be buying two years of ownership and privacy protection.

    If you’re adding the service to an existing domain, you’d pay for it up until the domain you’ve protected is due to expire and then renew both the ownership protection package and the domain together.

  • How does the renewal guarantee work?

    The Domain Ownership and Privacy Protection service comes with a renewal guarantee, which gives you a renewal redemption period of a year for the domain name you are protecting. This means that should the renewal process fail for any reason – for example – a failed payment, we will renew it on your behalf. This provides you with more time to pay for the renewal and reactivate it.

  • What if I lose my Domain Ownership Protection password?

    If you forget your Domain Ownership Protection password or enter it incorrectly five times, the service will be locked. To reset your password and reactivate the service, you will need to download the Password Reset PDF form from your Control Panel and fill in the details.

    This will require some personal information we will use to identify you and can take up to seven days to process.

  • Can I remove Domain Ownership Protection?

    If you decide that you would like to deactivate your Domain Ownership Protection package, you can do so through your Control Panel.

    You will need to enter your password to confirm you would like to remove Domain Ownership Protection. Please note that once this is done, your domain will no longer benefit from identity protection, theft protection and guaranteed renewal.

    If you have some time left on your package and decide that you’d like to reactivate it, you can do so from your Control Panel, where you will be given a new password.

  • What information will be displayed for my domain names?

    We use a privacy service, contactprivacy.com, to hide your details. To ensure private registration for domain names, the service’s information will be displayed instead of your own details.

    You will receive an email address so people with legitimate queries about your domain can still get in touch with you. This will forward messages onto your main mail address.

  • Can I choose what information to display in the WHOIS database?

    No. There are strict regulations on what information can be displayed. It is important for members of the public to be able to contact you if they have a question. The contactprivacy.com details ensure this is still possible.

  • How will I be contacted if my details are hidden?

    Emails sent to the contact address will be forwarded to your email address, so people with legitimate queries about your domain can contact you.

  • Do I still own my domain?

    Yes. The service simply protects your privacy and ensures that only you can manage your domain. It does not change who owns your domain name.

Questions? Call us on 0330 221 1007

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