WhoisGuard by Namecheap is a service that offers privacy protection for your domain, keeping your sensitive data safe. Because your data is as important to us as it is to you.
When you register a domain, ICANN requires registrars to provide them with your contact information (such as name, email, address, and phone number). This is then added to the Whois database. This database lists the owners of every domain name online, and it can be searched by anyone on the Internet.
WhoisGuard hides this information from spammers, marketing firms, and online fraudsters. Instead, the Whois database will display generic WhoisGuard contact information. It’s the best global domain privacy option you’ll find anywhere — guaranteed. Because at Namecheap, we care about your privacy protection.
Can I get WhoisGuard with all domains?
WhoisGuard is available for almost all domains Namecheap offers. Due to registry restrictions, WhoisGuard cannot be used with .asia, .ca, .cn, .uk, .co.uk, .de, .eu, .in, .id, .me, .uk, .nu, .li, .ch, .fr, .sg, .com.sg, .org.uk, .us, .es, .com.es, .nom.es, .org.es, .com.au, .net.au, .paris, .vote, .voto, .xn—3ds443g, .nyc, or .org.au domains.
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Contact Info Shield
WhoisGuard contact information is displayed in the publicly-accessible Whois database, taking the place of your name, postal address, phone number, and fax number. Your personal information remains private. This means you’re safe from telemarketers, unsolicited phone calls, junk mail and identity theft.
WhoisGuard replaces your email address in the Whois database with a unique [email protected] address. Every email sent to this address is filtered and then forwarded to an email address of your choice, drastically reducing the amount of spam in your inbox, while ensuring you receive legitimate communication.
Now Free Forever
When you register an eligible new domain name or transfer an existing eligible domain to Namecheap, you’ll receive WhoisGuard privacy protection absolutely FREE for as long as you keep your domain with Namecheap.
Update your settings any time you want. It’s easy to enable and disable WhoisGuard, control how often forwarding email addresses will be refreshed, or modify your custom email preferences, all from within one simple control panel.
Prevent domain hijacking
Without privacy protection, you’re leaving your domain (and your website) open to hackers. With your contact information exposed, you’re providing clues that unscrupulous individuals can use to gain access to your account or transfer your domain to another registrar.
A laid-back approach to privacy can result in your details being used by a fraudster to answer security questions and gain access to your private accounts. By blocking your details, you make it that much harder for someone to hack into your accounts.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is WhoisGuard and why do I need it?
WhoisGuard is a privacy protection service from Namecheap. When you register a domain, ICANN requires the registrar to forward the contact information you provide them with, for inclusion in the Internet’s Whois Database. WhoisGuard replaces this personal information with generic WhoisGuard contact information.
This protects your private information from being mined and used for other purposes, such as identity theft or unsolicited marketing.
Is it really free forever?
Yes! WhoisGuard is free for all eligible TLDs.
How do I get my free WhoisGuard?
WhoisGuard will be added to the Shopping cart automatically with each eligible domain registration or renewal, and it will be enabled by default. You will not need to do anything extra in order to have WhoisGuard protection on your website.
What if I already have a domain but didn’t purchase WhoisGuard (or it’s expired?)
Click here to add free WhoisGuard to your domain at any time.
Can I get WhoisGuard with all domains?
WhoisGuard is available for almost all domains Namecheap offers. Due to registry restrictions, WhoisGuard cannot be used with .asia, .ca, .cn, .uk, .co.uk, .de, .eu, .in, .id, .me, .uk, .nu, .li, .ch, .fr, .sg, .com.sg, .org.uk, .us, .es, .com.es, .nom.es, .org.es, .com.au, .net.au, .paris, .vote, .voto, .xn--3ds443g, .nyc, or .org.au domains.
Can I disable WhoisGuard if I need to?
In case you want your contact information to be listed in public Whois for some reason, you can enable and disable Whoisguard as you wish using our control panel.
What about emails sent to the contact displayed in the Whois record?
Consider it handled. This service replaces your email address with a unique WhoisGuard email address. Your “[email protected]” email address receives your email, filters it for spam and then forwards it on to an email address of your choice.
Is there an email auto-change option?
Yes. As an additional security measure against spamming, your WhoisGuard email address can be configured to change automatically at regular intervals. This means that if your unique email address does end up on a marketing list, the details they have are only valid for a very short time.
Where can I get more information?
You can visit our page with more details on Whois and domain privacy, or you’re welcome to contact our customer support team with questions.