Privacy Protection is now FREE for everyone, forever!

WhoisGuard Privacy Protection is now free – forever!

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.

That's right. You read correctly — WhoisGuard is now FREE forever when you register a domain with us, including existing domains!

Now WhoisGuard Privacy Protection is FREE Forever!

Your privacy will be safe forever with WhoisGuard.

How do we compare to others?

Have a look at the comparison table below

How do we compare to others?

Namecheap GoDaddy Network Solutions Name.com 1&1 Domain.com
Price FREE $7.99/yr $9.99/yr $4.99/yr FREE $8.99/yr
Personal Details Protection YES YES YES YES YES YES
Emails Forwarding YES YES YES YES1 NO NO2
Synchronized Expiration YES YES YES YES YES NO
Edit Domain Contacts YES YES YES YES NO3 YES
Domain Transfers YES NO YES YES NO NO


Frequently Asked Questions

  1. 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.

  2. Is it really free forever?

    Yes! WhoisGuard is free for all eligible TLDs.

  3. 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.

  4. 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.

  5. 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 .ca, .ch, .cn, .co.in, .co.uk, .com.au, .com.es, .com.sg, .de, .es, .eu, .fr, .gg, .id, .in, .is, .li, .me.uk, .net.au, .nom.es, .nu, .nyc, .org.es, .org.au, .org.uk, .paris, .sg, .to, .uk, .us, .vote, .voto, .xn--3ds443g domains.

  6. 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.

  7. 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 "xyz.protect@whoisguard.com" email address receives your email, filters it for spam and then forwards it on to an email address of your choice.

  8. 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.

  9. 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.


  • WhoisGuard subscription is provided by WhoisGuard pursuant to its Services Agreement with Namecheap. Terms and conditions apply. Due to registry restrictions, WhoisGuard cannot be used with .ca, .ch, .cn, .co.uk, .com.au, .com.es, .com.sg, .de, .es, .eu, .fr, .gg, .id, .in, .is, .li, .me.uk, .net.au, .nom.es, .nu, .nyc, .org.es, .org.au, .org.uk, .paris, .sg, .to, .uk, .us, .vote, .voto, .xn--3ds443g domains. Please note that WhoisGuard subscription expiration is based on purchase date rather than activation date.

  • WhoisGuard subscriptions can be used on domains registered with Namecheap only.

Comparison Table clarifications

  • 1

    But automatically-generated emails are blocked.

  • 2

    Email sender is required to verify the email delivery via auto-responder, blocks automatically generated emails.

  • 3

    Privacy must be disabled.

  • The information in the comparison table was last updated on May 11, 2018. The information for each competitor in the comparison table may not include certain features, functionalities, or quantities.

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