Am I Allowed to Keep My Private WHOIS When Buying SSL?

If your domain name is registered by proxy or the WHOIS information is not publicly displayed, it is no longer a requirement to temporarily disable your WHOIS privacy while an SSL certificate is issued.

When submitting your SSL request form, you will be able to select an email address for domain control validation. Please be sure that you have access to the email address you select from the list.

What Information is Displayed in a Private SSL Certificate?

Instant SSL

For our InstantSSL, which is a company validated SSL certificate, Comodo (our SSL provider) requires that your company's address and other information be displayed in the SSL certificate itself.

This is a function of the validation that Comodo performs to prove that your site is secure. While you can enable private WHOIS after the SSL is issued, the information will still be in the certificate. This is typical of most company validated SSL certificates on the market.

Positive SSL

If you are wanting to keep your contact information private, it is recommended that you opt for the Positive SSL which will will only make your location (city, state, zip), organization name and company name available to the public. All other information (physical address, phone number and email) will remain private.

About SSL

SSLSSL and Secure Certificates provide security for your website by encrypting communications between the server and the person visiting the website. It is required to be used on e-commerce sites when accepting credit card payments online.

HostGator Business and Enterprise hosting plans include a Comodo Private SSL Certificate. Several types of SSL Certificates are also available for purchase separately from HostGator and can be added to most hosting plans.