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Is it possible to hide ownership of a domain, so i won't show up on whois searches for domains I own, even if you know where to look?

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Most domain registries require whois information to be publicly available, at least where the domain name is used commercially. The exact rules will depend on the TLD of the domain, and possibly who it was registered with.

Another option is to use on of the "private registration" services that will set themselves up as the owner/contact in whois, and will act as an intemediary for any communications, giving you effective privacy.

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Are there ever issues with this, such as the service owning the domain instead of you? Or are the agreements written such that you actually own it? –  tnorthcutt Jul 12 '10 at 12:34
    
I've never actually used a private registration service, but I would strongly recommend reading the contract through thoroughly to ensure that you're not giving anything away that you shouldn't be. I'm also not sure what happens if the registrar gets shut down. –  Mark Hatton Jul 12 '10 at 12:48
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I don't know of any way to retrospectively hide yourself once you've put the information out there. I registered domains through a registrar who automatically puts their own address in there for you instead of revealing your address. There are several registrars like this.

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Can you offer any examples of these registrars? –  Wolfwyrd Jul 12 '10 at 12:06
    
@Wolfwyrd: Maybe you could ask that as a separate question? –  delete Jul 12 '10 at 12:45
    
"Retroactively" might be a better word. –  Dennis Williamson Jul 12 '10 at 18:30
    
Directi does this for free. I believe Godaddy does this, but for an extra cost. I have not used ENOM in a long time, so not sure there. –  Tim Post Jul 13 '10 at 1:30
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It is pretty easy to make up an address. I have personally left the wrong address in my personal domains and just kept one public email address correct.

I get a threatening letter that I must make it accurate, but how would they know, and I can say they really don't care.

It cut down on my junk snail mail for business services.

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How did they realize that the address is incorrect? (Or why else would they have sent you the letter?) Didn't you specify a seemingly correct address? –  KajMagnus Sep 26 '12 at 3:37
    
Registrars email customer every year with the same threat. The email is accurate, but the street address isn't. –  MrChrister Sep 26 '12 at 15:58
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Yes, it is possible to hide your information on Whois. Just get the private registration from your domain registrar. Through this you can hide your personal information. After that check details at WhoisXY.com to know whether your registration is private or not. If private registration means your information will be hide on this tool.

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