Legally you must provide your real name, postal address, phone number and email address when registering a domain name, this is so that you can be contacted if there is a copyright or other type of dispute and if you need to transfer your domain name to another company.
It's important that you keep this information up to date because if someone tries to steal your domain name by transferring it to another company (and into their control) you won't receive the email notification so can't block the transfer. You are also required under the terms of registration to provide correct details otherwise the registry may delete your domain name!
The problem is that this information is available for anyone to see in the Whois database. Obviously with all this information available, there are some unscrupulous people who will use it for sending you email spam, junk mail to your postal address, make telemarketing calls or even identity theft! This is where ID Protection comes in.
We display generic information in the Whois database instead, and if anyone tries to email you they will be told to fill in a form which we run through our highly accurate spam filters before passing it to you. But don't worry, you are still the owner of the domain name and you will receive important emails like transfer requests. We do this for free because we're determined to keep your sensitive information private.
Unfortunately certain registries won't let us use ID Protect, these are .uk (which hides your details anyway) .eu, .in, .us. and .nz