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Prevent Domain Name Hijacking

In The Dangers of Domain Name Expiration, we outlined ways that your domain name can fall out of your control. Common mistakes are usually the culprit and you certainly wouldn’t be alone if it happened to you. Being aware of the steps to increase your domain name security is your greatest defense against becoming a victim of domain loss or theft.

An easy way to help prevent your domain name from expiring is to enlist a tool to manage it for you. There are companies that will assist you in managing your domain and they may also offer protection from “cybersquatting” and “typosquatting”. If you’re more of a “hands-on” type of person, there are software tools that can get you on the path to website domain security.

Your best defense is to start with these preventative steps:

  • It’s critical to pay attention to your domain name expiration dates. Half the battle is keeping your contact information current. If you have more than one domain name, consolidate your names with a registrar that allows you to see all of your domain name information at a glance.
  • Be careful of who you list in your contact information. You and the organization to which you belong should always be listed as the organization and administrative contact. When registering a company domain, make sure the company is listed as the owner of the domain.
  • Avoid registering your domain using a free email address service. Many free email services will suspend or delete your email account for lack of use (ie: Hotmail). Once the account is deleted, a domain hijacker can use your old email address against you to transfer domains.
  • Add a registrar lock on your domain. This will help protect you from unauthorized transfers or hijackers and prevent it from being deleted or modified by a third party.
  • Never click on, or reply to, any domain-related emails from people or companies you do not recognize. Be wary of “official looking” pieces of mail that try to confuse you as being legitimate.
  • Add your registrar’s domain name to your spam filter’s “approved sender” list. Your ISP may accidentally think your registrar is spam when it may be trying to contact you for renewal.
  • Schedule a day in the future to renew your domain early and create a reminder for the task. Register it for a longer amount of time as well. If you are planning on many years of business success, your web domain should join you on the journey as well.

If you would like to learn more about the steps you can take to protect your online presence or computer network, call Prophet Business Group in Winnipeg at 204-982-9890. Our Network team will be happy to provide you with the “know-how” to help secure the information in your network.

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