When you register a domain name, you are required to give a genuine home address, email account and telephone in accordance with the policies adopted by ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. This info, though, is not kept only by the registrar company, but is visible to the general public on WHOIS lookup sites as well, so anyone can see your details and many individuals may not be comfortable with this. As a result, lots of companies have launched the so-called ID Protection service, which conceals the domain registrant’s contact information and upon a WHOIS lookup, people will see the details of the domain registrar, not those of the domain owner. This service is also called WHOIS Protection or Privacy Protection, but all these expressions refer to the very same service. Currently, most of the Top-Level Domains around the world allow ID Protection to be activated, but there are still country-specific extensions that do not support this option.