- Privacy protection on: Does not provide your personal contact information
- Privacy protection off: Provides some or all of your personal contact information.
Depending on the registry, some information (organisation name, address and email ID) might be shown or hidden in WHOIS no matter what the privacy protection setting is.
About privacy protection
Privacy protection helps you avoid spam and protect your contact information. When privacy protection is on, anyone who looks up your domain in WHOIS sees alternative contact information provided by a third-party privacy provider. For example:
To change your privacy setting at any time, follow these steps:
- Open Google Domains.
- Find the name of the domain that you want to change and click Manage.
- In the left-hand navigation menu, click Registration settings.
- Scroll to Privacy protection.
- Select a privacy option:
- Privacy protection on (private registration)
- Privacy protection off (public registration)
Note: Depending on your domain, you might have the option to limit the personal information that's available to the public, or make all your contact information public.
Public registration for .COM and .NET domains
Domains that end with .COM and .NET automatically hide some registration information in WHOIS lookups, even if privacy protection is off. By default, only the following information is shown:
- Organisation name
Proxy contact information
If you have a domain that ends with .COM or .NET and choose to show limited contact information in WHOIS, Google generally provides a proxy email address for your domain, like obrs8XXXlje@proxyregistrant.email. If someone wants to contact you about your domain, they can reach you via that email address.
Messages sent to your proxy email address are forwarded to the contact email address that you shared when you bought the domain. You don't need to do anything else to set up this email address or email forwarding. To see your proxy email address, look it up in WHOIS.
With .COM and .NET domains, you have the option to publish all your information. To publish all information, follow these steps:
- Change your privacy registration setting to Privacy protection off.
- Select Make all contact information public.
- In the consent dialogue, select Yes, make it public.