If you’ve ever been to GoDaddy you’ll see them advertise Free Privacy with the purchase of a domain. I like the thought of keeping anonymous on some of my domains free of charge. I’m smart enough to know that nothing in life is free and there’s always a catch, usually resulting in charges later if I choose to continue. When it comes to Godaddy they get you back, not in the charges, but the my annoyingly difficult privacy management layout on the net. When you choose this option your domain becomes the property of Domains by Proxy but since you’ve paid them a fee, they relinquish all rights to the domain to you. This is how ICANN lets you get away with not putting any info. A fair trade to insure that nobody bothers you or even knows you own the domain. Herein lies the problem. If you’ve ever tried to push a domain with Privacy it won’t push because as long as it’s Private it stays locked. So just take the lock off.
I wish it were that simple. Godaddy lets go of the reigns and refers you to Domains by Proxy when it comes to management of privacy. It looks like it’s going to be an easy process, there is a nice little icon there on Godaddy in your domain management form. You would think if you press this you can toggle it off and on. Nope. It sends you to Domains by Proxy to fill out your username and password. Except I don’t have one. Maybe it’s the same as my Godaddy? Nope. Surely they made me sign up in advance and I’ve forgotten. Let me check my password log. Nope. I guess I should just signup and then I can control my domains. No where to signup.
Finally I found a customer number retrieval page that will lead me in the right direction. You simply put in the domain and they send you the info. I’ll let you know what happens. It’s only been 2 hours so evidently I have to wait few days for them to send it in the mail. Then……I’ll be ready to control my privacy.