Today’s digital age opens up heaps of alternatives to typical procedures. Unfortunately, these digital alternatives are not limited to good cause, but also include the dirty works, such as compromising security of your online assets.
It is only imperative that you take simple precaution to protect your online assets, especially your Domain Name. Simply because DNS (Domain Name Server) settings control many of these assets including your email and website.
To avoid potential harm from vexed ex-employees, nasty competitors and web developers, implement caution by following these tips.
The simplest you can do is to check your current contact information. Make sure that every corresponding person is authorized and every information is correct and valid. To be sure you have the right information, refer to the table below.
Registrant Contact Information
The lawful owner (person or entity) of the domain name
Administration Contact Information
||Authorized person to alter and transfer domain name
Technical Contact Information
||Contact person responsible for technical issues encountered by the domain name
Billing Contact Information
Individual responsible for the billing-related transactions
Change the contact information immediately if it’s outdated, invalid and incorrect.
If you want to know how to change contact information, follow the links below:
Use Secure Email Account
Your email account will be the hub of your transactions. Any information in your inbox may be used to steal your domain name. Hence, use a secure email account. Free email address comes with limitation – often the easy target of hackers. Also, a secure email account is not without a strong password that is changed regularly. It should contain complex letters, numbers and symbols.
Lock Domain Name
The last thing you want is your Domain Name being transferred out of your account. Prevent illegal transfer by locking your domain through the Account Manager. This will also prohibit unauthorized deletion and modification.
If you want to know how to lock your domain name, click the link below:
Note Expiration Date
For your convenience, keep track of your domain name's expiration date. The last thing you want to happen is to forget to renew registration which may lead to additional work or worse, a new domain name owner. To maximize the delay of expiration and save time, you may directly renew for more than a year rather than once a year.
If you want to know how to setup auto renewal, click the link below:
If you want to know how to renew your domain name, click the link below:
Buy Similar Domain Name
Keep the prying competitors away from your Domain Name. Invest in various domain extensions (.net, .biz, .org, etc.), misspelled or closely spelled domains, plural word of your domain, and abbreviation of your domain, then redirect these to your website. It is common for competitors to register the said domains in desperate attempt to steal your traffic and use your brand's reputation.
Be Extra Cautious
As a domain owner, there are extra measures required from you. Please exercise the following caution always:
- Before responding or taking actions, double check emails coming from the registrar.
- Do not give your login credential and credit card information to anyone, even your web developers.
Important Note: Web developers ONLY need access to your hosting account. Access to your domain name is NEVER required.
Digitization may have made life easier, but it is not foolproof. For anyone online, you are solely responsible for your online assets. Make sure to protect them as you would a tangible asset.
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