When you try to share information on the web, your privacy is the first casualty. Being present on the internet means anyone can have access to your personal information. They can know your name, your home address and contact information in no time. This can be troublesome at times so it’s important to know what measures you can take to protect your privacy despite your presence in the virtual world.
WHOIS, which is a combination of the phrase “Who is?”,is a query protocol used mainly for getting information about a domain and its owner. It is an Internet record which identifies the owner of a specific domain and how you can get in touch with him/her. Its database usually records the following: the registrant’s name, phone number, mailing address, and email address.
This is one reason why some website owners are not comfortable with the idea of owning a domain name while shedding some personal information about them. The idea that anyone can access their personal information and use it however they like can raise concern among site owners. This is why some of them ask, “Can I hide my WHOIS information from the public?”
And this is the solution. Some web hosting providers provide domain privacy options to their account owners to keep their domain WHOIS information from public access. Activating domain privacy options can be done in just one click. Some web hosts offer them for free while others require an extra price to activate this option.
If you are familiar with web hosting, then you already know what iPage is. iPage is a web host which is usually found on the list of top 10 web hosting providers published by several web hosting review websites. And in some of them, iPage even sits on the top spot for quality web hosting service. iPage has existed for decades and has hosted millions of websites to date, and thousands more are created each day.
iPage also has a domain privacy option, but not for free. By default, your domain names registered with iPage have no domain privacy options available to them. You need to buy them to enjoy domain privacy on your domains.
How to turn on Domain Privacy option
To activate your Domain Privacy option on iPage, just follow these simple steps:
Login to your iPage account.
Go to the admin control panel, and look for the “Domain” tab on the main menu then click on the “DomainCentral”.
On the DomainCentral page, you can see the list of all your domains, whether registered with iPage or with other registrars. Beside each domain name, you can see all the relevant information about them like the Registrar, Expiration Date, Privacy, and Renewal Options. Under the Privacy column you will see a “Buy Now” option. This is the Domain Privacy Option. If you want to use this service, just click on the link.
On the next page, you will see the terms and conditions for activating Domain Privacy on your domain and a detailed explanation about Whois and ICANN.
As mentioned, the iPage domain privacy option is not for free. You have to purchase it for $9.99 per year. Its domain privacy supports the following domain extensions: .com, .org, .net, .biz, .name, .info, .tv and .cc, all at the same $9.99 rate.