A domain name is basically your identity on internet. By registering your domain name, you protect your business or your ideas by ensuring that nobody else can register them. Registering a domain name is quick Read more…
Before you take any steps to protect your domain name, let’s first get to know what constitutes domain ownership. After domain name registration, the details of the domain name are recorded in the Whois database. In the Whois database, everyone can search the ownership of the domain name, unless you activate domain Whois privacy protection.
The problem with leaving your domain name in the public domain is that scammers can harness your information and steal your domain name. But there are steps you can take to mitigate any possibility of someone stealing your premium domain;
• Set a strong password to protect your premium domains
These days, registrars offer you the option to lock down your domain name under a password to keep hackers and scammers at bay. But smart hackers can bypass any weak password and access your domain information. That underlines the importance of choosing a strong, complex password. A strong password should have at least 8 characters, have a combination of uppercase and lowercase, and at least a digit and a sign within the password
• Leverage other safeguards provided by the registrar to protect your premium domains
Different registrars offer different security services to safeguard your domain name registration. Therefore, it can be difficult to point out particular security aspects to protect your domain name. Make a point to read the security safeguards offered by the registrar and ensure you take advantage of them. For examples, some registrars initiate domain lockdown so that any request coming in via email to change domain record is automatically declined. The only option they offer to change domain record is by logging into the registrar’s admin interface. The owner is then required to unlock the name before they can make any changes. And the changes have to be made manually.
• Take the time to read all emails that pertain to your premium domains
You may get emails from your registrar regarding domain name registration asking you to take action within a specific period, failure to which you may lose the domain name. While the registrar sends such emails, you must take the time to read through to ascertain that the emails came from your registrar before you take action. Hackers can also disguise themselves as your registrar and send these emails to you. If you make the mistake of clicking on those emails, its game over. Virus and malware instantly infect your computer, and the hacker can easily harness your email address, including other personal details and steal your domain name.
• Make a point to report any suspicious activity on your premium domain’s record
If you get emails from hackers disguising themselves as your registrar or any changes on your Whois record without your knowledge, make sure to report it to the registrar. Explain exactly what happened and give evidence by forwarding the email or changes to your Whois record. Reporting any suspicious activity immediately will help the registrar get to the bottom of the issue before any damage is done.
• Always keep an eye on your premium domains renewal
Some website owners lose their domain names due to carelessness. They don’t keep tabs on their domain renewable despite the registrar sending notifications to do so. Always be on top of your domain name renewal to ensure no one snaps up your domain name. Remember you’ve spent a lot of time to search for domain name ideas, chose the best domain name and registered it. Don’t let all that effort go down the drain.
With a domain name, you’re not going to pay a one-time fee and own it for good. You have to renew the domain quarterly, yearly or after two years. So it’s only yours as long as you pay for it and secure it. Use these security safeguards to ensure your domain name remains yours for as long as you want to use it.