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ID Protect WHOIS Privacy Protection

What is ID Protect?

ID Protect is a service that prevents your private information from being displayed publicly in the global WHOIS database.

ID Protect can be applied to most domain names, but registry rules prohibit the masking of WHOIS data for .us, .ca, .uk, .de, .eu, and some other country-code TLDs.

Why Purchase ID Protect?

Every domain registration is required to have accurate registrant contact information in the WHOIS database.   With some TLDs, this information will be publicly available within the WHOIS database, resulting in junk mail to both your home and email, along with SPAM calls & scams.

ID Protect masks and protects your personal information, replacing it with the information for the Privacy Protection Service, while still meeting the domain name registrant requirements.

How does it work?

ID Protect takes your unprotected, personal information, and shields it from the public so that they only see anonymous information for the ID Protect service.

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How much does it cost?

ID Protect is available for $9.95 a year and can be purchased during or after the registration or transfer of your domain name. ID Protect is a non-refundable service.

ID Protect & GDPR

Since 2019, all registrars provide a basic-level of registrant obfuscation to comply with the GDPR.  ID Protection adds another layer of protection beyond that provided by the GDPR.

This basic GDPR protection replaces sensitive information with the “REDACTED FOR PRIVACY” label by default.  Businesses and others who wish to make all of their information publicly available can opt-out of this basic protection.

ID protection adds an enhanced level of protection beyond the masking provided under the GDPR, and completely replaces your registrant details with those of the ID protect service.  In addition you’ll get an obfuscated email address to receive messages without revealing your real email address.

To enable ID Protect

Log in to GreenGeeks.

Click the “My Domains” link in the “Domains” section.

click the "My Domains" link

Click the “Manage” button for the domain you want to protect.

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Click the “Request ID Protect” button.
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  1. I would like to add on ID protect for $9.95 but I can’t find a location on your website to set this up. I already paid for my domain/web site yesterday.

    thank you

    1. You’ll need to get in touch with our support team, they’ll be more than happy to add this onto your domain name for you.

  2. I’d like to suggest that you add this as a feature under “Manage My Domains.” Every time I want to renew my private registration, I have to search for this help document and then send an email. That’s not efficient for me, and I suspect it isn’t efficient for GreenGeeks either. It would be so much easier to be able to just click a button and add it to my invoice when I renew, like I can with the domain registrars I usually use. That’s the primary reason I register my other domains elsewhere. If you offered that option, I would be a lot more likely to use GreenGeeks as the domain registrar for my other domains! 🙂

    1. Hello Molly,

      Thank you for the suggestion, we are currently rolling out our new Account Manager platform which lays the groundwork for this. I have already spoken with our development team and they have confirmed this is scheduled on the next maintenance release.

      In the meantime, should you wish to add ID Protect to your domain name, please reach out to your sales department ( who can assist you.

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