All domain names ‘domain name record’ are a public record. All it requires is to use any “Whois” service to look up a domain name record on a domain name you own. This can be a free marketing source to many, both good people and people wanting to do harm. Here is an example of a domain name record with and without ID Protection:
With Privacy Protection
Personal Info Hidden
Registrant Contact (legal owner of Domain Name):
Domain Admin firstname.lastname@example.org
10 Corporate Drive
Burlington, MA 01803 US
Without ID Protection all of your contact information is public and exposes your name, address, email and phone number to marketing firms, scammers, spammers, and other type of fraudsters.
Personal use of ID Protection – We recommend using ID Protection on all personal domain names that will allow them (see list of domains below that do not allow ID Protection).
Business use of ID Protection – We recommend using ID Protection even on your business domain names to protect your information from being easily harvested. However if you plan on using ID Protection on your business domain name make sure to have a very good about us or contact us page, that has more than just a contact email address and form. We suggest you supply a phone number and regular mailing address and other means of contacting to build that trust factor with your internet customers.
ID Protection is not available on all domain names. The following domain names you can not use privacy protection: .US, .CA, .AM, .ASIA, .DE, .EU, .FM, .IN, .IT, .JOBS, .MS, .NU, .SE, .TC, .TK, .TW, .TEL, .UK.COM, .US.COM