Getting started with Domain Ownership Protection

This article will give you a brief introduction to our Domain Ownership Protection service.

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What is Domain Ownership Protection?

Domain Ownership Protection adds an extra layer of security to your domain name by locking it behind a randomly generated, one-time password. You will need to enter this unique code every time you perform any of the following actions:

  • Add, edit or remove domain forwarding
  • Change custom hostnames
  • Change your domain name’s contact details
  • Change your domain name’s nameserver
  • Delete a domain name
  • Disable Domain Privacy
  • Disable auto-renewal
  • Remove Domain Protection
  • Transfer your domain name to a third-party account
  • Transfer your domain name to another 123 Reg account
  • Unlock your domain name

This password will be sent to your preferred contact number, ensuring that you’ll be the only person who can approve any of these important actions.

What’s more, this service comes with free domain privacy protection as standard. This will hide your personal details on the WHOIS database, preventing you from being a victim of identity theft and from being inundated with junk/spam emails.


What’s the difference between Domain Protection and Domain Privacy?

While Domain Protection safeguards your domain from the threats outlined above, Domain Privacy simply replaces all your details on the WHOIS database with proxy information. So when someone looks up your domain on this database, they will see our details instead of yours.

Domain Privacy is also included with every Domain Protection plan as standard.

How can people contact me if my details are hidden?

Since your details will be hidden on the WHOIS database, anyone that wants to contact you about your domain name  (i.e. to buy it from you) will need to complete a short form. This form will be sent to the email address that’s associated with your domain and will include their email address and reason for contacting you.

None of your details will be passed to the requester, and you have no obligation to respond to them.

Activating Domain Ownership Protection

Once you’ve bought Domain Ownership Protection, you’ll need to activate it so that you can start protecting your domain.

For details on how to do this, please read the following article: How do I activate Domain Ownership Protection?


Resetting your Domain Ownership Protection password

Your Domain Ownership Protection password is a unique code that cannot be changed or modified. If you’ve forgotten or misplaced this password, you will need to have it reset by completing our Reset Password request form and sending it to our Documents team.

For details on how to do this, please read the following article: How do I reset the password for Domain Ownership Protection?

Please note: it may take up to 7 days for us to process your ‘Reset Password’ request.


Can I upgrade or downgrade my Domain Protection plan?

Yes, you can do this at any time via your 123 Reg Control Panel. For further details, please read the following articles:

Which domain extensions aren’t covered by Domain Ownership Protection?

You will not be able to add Domain Protection to any domains that use the following extensions:

.ag, .am, .amsterdam, .at, .audio,, .blackfriday, .christmas, .cl, .click, .cn,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,, .diet, .dk, .fi, .flowers, .fm, .game, .gift,, .gr, .gs, .guitars, .help, .hiphop, .hiv, .hosting,,,, .jobs, .jp, .juegos, .kr, .law, .link, .lol, .melbourne, .mom, .ms, .my,,,,,,,,,,,, .no, .nrw, .nu, .nyc,,,,,,,,,,,, .ph, .pics, .photo, .pl, .property, .pt,, .ru, .sc, .se, .sexy, .sg, .sydney, .tattoo, .tc, .tw, .vg, .vote, .voto,

Disabling Domain Ownership Protection

If you no longer want to have Domain Ownership Protection on your domain, you can disable it at any time from your 123 Reg Control Panel.

Disabling DOP is necessary for the completion of certain tasks, such as transferring your domain to another provider or changing its IPS tag, and will ensure that you won’t be charged for its services. Should you change your mind, you can easily re-activate DOP from your Control Panel.

If, however, you want to completely remove DOP from your account, then you will need to cancel this product instead.

For details on how to perform both actions, please read the following article: How do I cancel/disable Domain Ownership Protection for my domains?

Please note: cancelling or disabling your DOP will mean that your domain will no longer be protected against malicious transfers, while your registrant details will be accessible via the registry.