With the advancement of the web the vast gate of opportunities unleashed in front of the people. Apart from knowing people of distant lands the discovery also made it possible to expand their business on large scale. And with the expansion of knowledge among the people about the use of the web, they started to extract the more they can. Apart from using the internet, they started to misuse it by unethical hacking in the different field. Building and buying the domain name for the business is the crucial part among all.
A domain name rather a good domain is very important to get the best you ought to. But do your domain name is safe? Won’t that be stolen by the hackers? As a matter of fact almost every single day thousands of domain names are being stolen as well as hundreds and thousands of blogs are being hacked. Even the WordPress blogs are too unsafe.
And I am sure you do not want to be in the list, in which people are losing the domain due to some lack of knowledge regarding theft, which they could easily avoid. Preventing your domain from stealing is necessary to not only protect your important or private data. But also to prevent others from eating the fruits of your tree that you have nurtured for a long time.
As the domain is the identity of your brand, it is the passage of your account through which the hacker will be wealthy and will turn into a beggar. You must be aware of the fact that a popular domain can be sold at millions of dollar sometimes. Buying domain is similar to buying gold with the passage of days the price increases. So why not to protect it from unethical hackers?
There is no harm in knowing about the tactics that are pocket-friendly and in the meantime so useful which can eventually protect your precious domain from the hackers.
Here are the ways which will help you in your enterprise:
Keep a fine record of your domain registration along with it accurate information of your contact.
Your contact with your registrar must be synchronised. During the time of registration of your domain, we often give the details that might change in future. Such as phone number or address or maybe the email id that you used during the time the registration. May whatever be, let the little change in details about you must be informed to that to the registrar so to keep your profile updated.
Updating your business contact is also important as any activities that are suspicious might be detected and informed to you by them in time.
Choosing your registrar
You are already aware of the fact that there are many registrars available to sell you their domain. Some of them are really cheap with good packages and some of them are cheap and their packages are not up to the mark. You will find newly opened registrar services as well as the old horse in the run.
Your motif must be of getting a registrar company who has good knowledge in the respective field along with it whom you can blindly trust.
Quality service is essential for you to think about like the way the price matters. It’s wiser to choose the registrars that can provide you with a good service and facilities even if it cost a bit higher than you expect.
The registrar that is providing you with a good option of registration and also the domain transfer service. And in which you find 24/7 customer support facility no matter where you are from. You must opt for that registrar.
Notifying you about the pending transfer and also allows you some days to respond before removing your domain must be there. Thus you will know about the transfer.
You must check if the registrar has the methods of informing you about any of the changes in the registration and also any kind of request in ownership. The communication method must be the best for you and not from their side only.
Two-step authentication is highly appreciable if any registrar is giving this facility along with the above stated. You can go for it. Cause every time you log in you will receive a code in your phone number, after putting it you actually can access your account. This two-step authentication is actually can prevent hackers from stealing your domain.
The domain registration information must be kept in private
The way you keep your information same in another site, you need to privatise the information given while registering the domain.
Giving your login details to an unknown person for any reason is truly unsafe. The login details should only be with that of an authorized person who manages the domain it can either be you or anyone on your behalf and definitely not a stranger.
Using your contact email address as your username while registering might be an easy one to remember for you and also easy to be guessed by the hijackers. Thus create another username for this purpose only.
Your domain must be locked
Like any other valuable assets, you must lock the domain. The registrar can easily lock your domain under its registrar lock process so go for it.
This makes you more powerful and the hijackers a weak persona cause without your consent nothing can be changed simply nothing. One needs to unlock your name first before changing any information.
Some of the registrars also provide the facilities of EPP; this is the second lock system for your account. After the activation of the EPP, the registrar will give you the authInfo code within 6 days to make the transfer of the domain. Sometimes it is given to you to set the authInfo value by the registrars.
Well, it is the hard job you see because you have to be very careful that the particular domain name you are registering contains its particular EPP code and also that they are unique. If anyhow the one authInfo code is broken then your one domain is at stake the rest are still safe, thus you use stronger authInfo code.
After locking your precious domain do keep an eye onto your set up and if you find a slight change do report immediately.
Keep your domain and the hosting account separate
It is the biggest mistake that any owner can make, to register the domain and using the host server of the same company. A hijacker who has already accessed into your domain and also into hosting account, it is impossible for you to recover the domain. Hence you will become the outsider.
Thus go for two different service providers for your domain registration and for your hosting.
Accessing your account directly from the email is a big NO
The hijackers are the trick master and they will trick you by sending the mail in disguise that it is been sent by that of your trusted registrar. So before clicking into any link to check if it is really from your registrar or from any fraud hijacker. If you are clicking into the phishing link you may end up losing the access of your domain account.
Precaution is better than cure, so to prevent any such horrible incident do type the registrar’s address into the address bar instead of clicking any mail link.
Change the password
There is a popular saying ‘old is gold’ but not in this case. Though I believe that you are wise enough to set a secure password but that does not mean you will keep it for eternal. So, change the password often that reduces the threat of theft.
While creating a password combine the number, special characters, along with alphabet both written in small and capital.
People tend to give anniversary dates or words from the dictionary, names etc. However, it is not appropriate to use such things while creating the password. Hackers can easily get access to it.
There is a site through which you may be able to get an idea of how to actually create a smart and strong password.
Privacy should be enabled
Enabling your privacy it important tool. Enabling your (who. Is) guard is required to protect the domain. After enabling do make sure that the details of your contact are not visible.
The hijackers search for such opportunity they use your private information to send you phishing emails. If you click on the link bottom they send you are basically trapped and may lose access to your domain.
So enabling the privacy your contact info will no more remain public. The threat of getting false emails reduces with such tactics.
Through this article, you are well aware of why it is necessary to protect the domain name and you can actually protect it from the hackers that to without any professional help. Losing your domain name is equal to losing your business and no one wants that. I hope that the stated process of avoiding the domain theft will work for you too.