When you register a domain name, you need to provide a genuine home address, email account and phone number in accordance with the policy adopted by ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. This information, though, is not kept only by the domain name registrar, but is available to the general public on WHOIS lookup web sites as well, so anyone can view your details and lots of people may not be satisfied with that fact. As a consequence, a lot of domain registrars have come up with the so-called ID Protection service, which hides the client’s information and upon a WHOIS lookup, people will see the details of the registrar company, not the domain owner’s. This service is also known as WHOIS Protection or Privacy Protection, but all these terms refer to the same service. At the moment, most of the top-level domain names around the world allow ID Protection to be enabled, but there are still country-specific extensions that don’t support the service.