8 Tips to Protect Your Domain Registration

by Shashi Bellamkonda on May 30, 2008


We wanted to provide a few tips to you can follow to protect your domain registration. Your domain registration information needs to be protected at all times just like you would protect any other confidential information. By taking some simple precautions you can protect your domain from unauthorized users.
 We hope these 8 Tips to Protect Your Domain Registration will help you and can be used wherever your domain name is registered.

1. Update Account Information: Just as you would update your info at your utility company or bank make sure your domain registration information is updated in your account. Make sure the contact information for the domain i.e name, email, address, phone number is accurate. Always have a phone number listed so you can be contacted if there is a problem or if your domain name may be expiring.

2. Choose your email address wisely: E-mail is the primary way your registrar notifies you of expiration dates and changes to your account. What ever e-mail you use for your registrar to contact you needs to be one that is secure and one that you check daily. If you’ve changed any of your contact information, especially your e-mail address, make sure it is reflected in the information you provide your registrar.  Avoid using “free mail’ accounts as your administrative e-mail address because they can expire after a few months.

3. Keep your domain locked : A domain lock feature prevents the domain from being transferred to anyone or another registrar until you, as the primary contact on the account, expressly remove the lock. Most good registrars, including Network Solutions® , provide this feature at no cost. Login to your account and make sure the domain locking feature is turned on for your domain.

4. Centralize all your domain registrations : If you have multiple domains you should consider consolidating them into one account so that you can update the information easily on these accounts. Make sure you are listed as the primary contact on all the domains.

5. Take care in choosing a user name and password : Select user names and passwords that are not easily associated with public information like your name, birth date, the city where you were born or street address.  Never user personal information that can be obtained in search engines on the Web.  Select user names and password with at least 8 characters and always include at least one number and one upper case letter.  If you have someone working on your website you can give them limited access to your account by making them a Technical Contact so you do not have to give them your primary contact login or password. Network Solutions® offers this feature, as well as other accredited registrars.

6. Change your password frequently : Change your password at least every 90 days or sooner.  Change your password immediately if an employee who had access to your login information leaves the company.

7. Protect your WHOIS information : WHOIS is a public database that all ICANN-accredited registrars are required to make available so anyone can look up domain registration contact information.  To keep your information private from potential hackers, hijackers and spammers, use a with a private registration service that masks your contact information and provides alternative contact information that can forward any essential information like first class or overnight mail.

8. 24/7 Customer Service : : Look for a registrar that has 24/7 free, live customer service and technical support  — It’s knowing you can pick up the phone and someone is there to answer your questions.  Don’t be afraid to report any suspicious activity you may see related to changes to your domain name registration.  Often times the cheaper price you pay for a domain registration, the harder it is to find the customer service contact information.

If you have other tips or have questions on these tips please leave a comment. Thanks


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