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How to Protect Your Personal Data with WhoisGuard

In our previous posts, we’ve discussed using WhoisGuard to protect your identity and reasons why privacy is important.
If you’re still not sure whether or not you need WhoisGuard privacy protection on your domain, this post will show you just how easy it is to put it in place—and hopefully convince you to make it happen!

Is Whois Protection for Everyone?

First, we want to make it clear that masking or protecting your contact information isn’t required—some site owners don’t care if people know they own the domain. In fact, most large businesses want to keep their information available for their customers, clients, and other business contacts.
Individuals, small business owners, and those with home businesses, however, often feel better keeping their private contact data private. These types of domain holders struggle to effectively ward off unwanted marketing spam, unsolicited sales calls, or even dangerous hackers.
For those who need to safeguard their personal data, WhoisGuard can provide security and peace of mind in these cases.

How to Get Domain Privacy

There are plenty of security measures you can add to your site that require lots of time and attention to install. Luckily, WhoisGuard isn’t one of them. Adding WhoisGuard is incredibly straightforward and can be done immediately upon registering your domain or anytime afterward.
When you first register your domain with Namecheap, free WhoisGuard will automatically be added to your Shopping Cart and turned on by default. All you need to do is add your domain to your cart and you’re good to go.
You can also choose to add WhoisGuard to a domain you’ve already registered at any time in the past. In this case, you’ll need to add WhoisGuard to your Shopping Cart separately or select free WhoisGuard during the renewal process.
This option has one little drawback, however. Domains that weren’t originally registered with WhoisGuard have had their data publicly viewable by the public already. Even if you mask it at a later time, there are ways in which data thieves can find previously listed domain ownership data as well as transfer and sales history. So your safest bet is to opt for domain privacy from the start if you can.
Regardless, there’s no bad time to start protecting your data. Getting WhoisGuard is beneficial for reducing email and phone spam and keeping your personal data protected.

Get Free WhoisGuard from Namecheap

Worried about the cost? Don’t be. WhoisGuard is available from most registrars for a couple of extra dollars per month. That’s pennies (or less) per site visit for reliable basic privacy protection.
And at Namecheap, we’ve decided to do even better: You can now add WhoisGuard to your domain for free and keep your domain’s Whois privacy safe for as long as you own it. Follow these easy instructions to add WhoisGuard to your Namecheap domains now.

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