ID Protection, at times also referred to as WHOIS or Privacy Protection, is a service that hides the real contact information of domain owners on WHOIS websites. Without this service, the personal name, home address and email of any domain registrant will be freely visible. Supplying false info during the domain name registration procedure or changing the genuine information later will just not work, as doing such a thing may result in the domain registrant losing his/her ownership of the domain. The policies approved by ICANN, the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, require that the WHOIS information must be valid and up to date at all times. The ID Protection service was introduced by registrar companies as an answer to the rising concerns about potential identity theft. If the protection service is activated, the registrar’s contact details will be listed instead of the registrant’s upon a WHOIS lookup. Most domain names support the ID Protection service, although there are certain country-code extensions that do not.