ID Protection, sometimes also referred to as Privacy or WHOIS Protection, is a service that hides the authentic contact information of domain registrants on WHOIS websites. Without this service, the personal name, home address and email of any domain owner will be openly available. Providing fake info during the domain registration procedure or changing the authentic information afterwards will simply not work, as doing such a thing may result in the domain name registrant losing his/her ownership of the domain name. The policies approved by ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, require that the WHOIS info must be valid and up to date all the time. The ID Protection service was introduced by registrar companies as a response to the arising concerns for possible identity fraud. If the service is enabled, the registrar company’s contact details will appear instead of the domain registrant’s upon a WHOIS lookup. Most domain names support the ID Protection service, although there are certain country-code extensions that don’t.