How To Protect Your Domain Name

Domain names are valuable assets that can be stolen. Just like any other valuable property your domain name can be on hijackers radar. Hijackers need your domain name for various reasons. If value your domains name, then you have a lot of security measures to put in place so you don’t lose it.

These steps below can aid you to secure your domain name from hijackers

Secure Your Email Account

When you register a domain name, your registrant email appears in the whois record. Domain hijackers and unethical domainers will look at this to know who owns the domain name. If you don’t use whois privacy, your email will be available to the public. You may start receiving unsolicited messages on that email address with malicious links that once you click on it, they get access to your login details. Boom! Once your email password is gotten, bye bye to your domain name. With your email, what a hijacker simply does is to do password recovery on the domain name registrar website, get the password recovery link which will be sent to your email address, create a new password and transfer your domain to another registrar. This is the reason you use a strong password with a combination of alphabets, numbers, and symbols. And never respond to an email that appears phishing or requesting for your domain name details. If you are using a free email, make sure you regularly log in to get it active, so your provider don’t delete it and you lose complete access to it.

Register The Domain Name In Your Name Or Business Name

Many who are not savvy with the use of the internet usually hire someone to handle domain name registrations and web hosting for them. It better to learn do these things yourself, but if you can’t, make sure you hire a trusted person. You should also make sure the domain name is registered with your name or business name along with your contacts. You can use the whois tool to look up whose details are appearing in the administrative and registrant contact. Your domain name is your property so it should be in your name. You can’t claim right to a property that has someone else name as the owner.

Never Allow Your Domain Name To Expire

Domainers (those who specializes in buying and selling domains) keep track of good domain names. Many don’t mind buying a domain name once it expires to sell back to the previous owner at an exorbitant price. Hijackers may not even sell it but rather redirect it to another site. No one needs to explain the consequences of this to you. Your visitors, customers, and traffic will be going elsewhere. To prevent this from happening always make sure your domain name doesn’t expire. You should register the domain name for a longer period, maybe for five years if you are satisfied with your current domain name registrar.

Enable Domain Lock

Before any domain name can be transferred to another registrar, the domain lock must be disabled. Locking your domain name prevents unauthorized changes and transfer. Some domain name registrars have two-step verification feature that when enabled, prevent anyone from accessing your account except a code sent to your phone as a text message is provided.

Choose A Good Domain Name Registrar

Do not be deceived by cheap domain name registration but rather go for good service. If any domain name registrar doesn’t have registrar lock feature, transfer your domain name to another one that has it. Make sure you choose a registrar that is much concern about the security of your domain than the cheap service they are offering you.

Keep Your Registration Contact information Accurate

It is a requirement from ICANN that all registrants keep their information accurate, as this way ownership of a domain name can be verified. If you receive an email from your registrar requesting to verify your account information and make sure they are accurate, please do, so you do not lose your domain. This email is usually sent on a yearly basis. Make sure the administrative, technical, registrant and billing contact are always accurate so you can always receive information concerning your account. If they are not, you won’t know when changes are made on your account and before you realize it, your domain is gone.

Login To Your Domain Registrar Website Regularly

I do this regularly, I have domain names with different registrars and I log in regularly to see if any changes are made in my account. Two of my domain names from one registrar once got suspended without notification. I found out when I log in and contacted the customer support and it was reactivated. Do not always rely on email notification. Apart from your that, some registrars may change their website interface or features and if you are not current with these changes, you may make an alteration in your account when you log in after a long time and these may just put your domain name at risk.

Never Reveal Your Domain Name Account  Password

Do not be deceived or made to believe that your webmaster needs your domain registrar account password in order to create or work on your website. What is needed is only your hosting account login details. And if there is the need for anyone to access your domain name, use account administrator feature to grant them access levels. Although, some registrars don’t have this feature.

Secure Your Device

Hackers use keylogging software to capture username and passwords that is why it is necessary to install antivirus/spyware software on your computer or any other device you use to access your account and update them periodically. If you do this, it will be very difficult for your details to be revealed to someone who wants to steal your domain name.

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