This guide explains how to hide personal information (postal address, telephone/fax and e-mail) in the public Whois.

Overview

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Prerequisites

  • Access to your control panel.
  • Ownership of a generic top-level domain (.com, .net, .org, .info, .biz ...)Full list here.
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What is Whois?

Whois lets you query the databases which store the addresses, emails, and telephone numbers of domain name owners.
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What is the OwO service?

Thanks to the OWO service, you can hide your details in Whois: address, email or telephone number. OVH guarantees that your data will never be published or sold.
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How it works

OwO works as follows

  • The contact's address field is replaced in the Whois with an address linked to OVH and we redirect the email received to the real recipient.
  • The telephone and fax details are replaced with OVH numbers.
  • The email address field is replaced with a redirection which points to the original email address. This address is regenerated regularly and a spam filter is applied to it.
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Conditions

An individual:
  • All of the contact's details can be hidden (apart from their full name).

A company:
  • Only the email can be hidden.

Enabling the service

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When you order a domain name

When ordering a domain name, you will be asked to enable OwO if you so wish.
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In your control panel

  • Sign in to your control panel with you nic-handle and password.
  • Click on "All my domains".
  • Select the domain to modify then click on the "Change Whois" button.
  • Choose the desired options and click next.
  • Confirm your choices.
Please note, there may be a 24h delay before any changes take effect.