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Important! Update Your Account Info For ICANN Today

by Monika Jansen on October 18, 2010

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First things first: If you recently received an email from us in which you were asked to update your personal information, it is super legitimate and definitely not spam.  We really do need you to update your personal information to remain in compliance with ICANN.  (I’ll get into who and what ICANN is in a sec.)

Updating or confirming your information will take all of 60 seconds, tops.  All you have to do is log into your Network Solutions account (under ‘My Account) at https://www.networksolutions.com/manage-it.

OK, so what is ICANN?  ICANN stands for Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers. They coordinate the unique identifiers that create a URL across the world.  From their website:

“To reach another person on the Internet you have to type an address into your computer – a name or a number. That address has to be unique so computers know where to find each other. ICANN coordinates these unique identifiers across the world. Without that coordination we wouldn’t have one global Internet.

ICANN was formed in 1998. It is a not-for-profit public-benefit corporation with participants from all over the world dedicated to keeping the Internet secure, stable and interoperable. It promotes competition and develops policy on the Internet’s unique identifiers.

ICANN doesn’t control content on the Internet. It cannot stop spam and it doesn’t deal with access to the Internet. But through its coordination role of the Internet’s naming system, it does have an important impact on the expansion and evolution of the Internet.”

ICANN also operates the InterNIC website to provide the public with information regarding Internet domain name registration services.  Their public directory of all domain names and registrants is known as the WHOIS database.  Your personal information may be visible in the WHOIS database, so if you’d like to keep it private, check out Private Registration (https://www.networksolutions.com/domain-name-registration/private.jsp).

Don’t forget to update or confirm your information today via this link!

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    • http://twitter.com/Tinu Tinu Abayomi-Paul

      Could you elaborate more on the importance of taking this step?

    • MCJansen

      Hi Tinu, If you don't update your account information, you could lose your domain. Yup, pretty serious!

      Monika Jansen