ID Protection, at times also called WHOIS or Privacy Protection, is a service that hides the real contact information of domain name owners on WHOIS websites. Without this service, the personal name, postal address and email of any domain owner will be publicly visible. Providing fake information during the registration process or changing the real info afterwards will just not work, as doing such a thing may result in the registrant losing their ownership of the domain name. The policies approved by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), require that the WHOIS details must be valid and up to date all the time. The ID Protection service was launched by registrars as a response to the rising concerns about possible identity fraud. If the protection service is enabled, the domain name registrar’s contact info 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.