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Domain Name Security Issues and Safeguards

"Domain Name Security : How safe is yours?"
by Teeyes Siva

The security of domain name registrations is an increasing concern for domain name registrants and registrars. However, there are steps you can take to increase the security of your domain name registrations. Domain name security is often neglected by most organizations. In fact, a large number of hacking attempts do not really need to happen at the Web Server level. Most hackers can disrupt your business by simply hijacking your domain name. Most registrars assign paramount importance to domain security. It's important you chosoe the right registrar, one who has implemented several security measures and safety locks to prevent your domain name from getting hijacked or taken over.

There are basically two options offered by registrars :

Password-based Security
All domain names have a password based security. All domain names belonging to a particular customer can only be modified through the right Username and Password combination of that customer.

Domain Lock
Domain name registries have the ability to create what is known as a domain lock. Most registrars offer this feature to customers whereby you may place a lock on your domain name. Once a domain name is locked, no modifications can be made to the domain by anyone. The domain name may not even be transferred to another registrar. The domain will remain in a locked status until you choose to remove the lock. This feature is by far the most powerful feature to ensure that no one can make any changes to your domain name without your express approval.

If you own a domain name for your business or personal use, run, don't walk, to the phone, call the company you registered the name with, and make sure that name is "locked down."

If you don't, you could easily lose your rights to that domain. And whether your Web site is an integral part of your business, or just keyed to your family's activities, waking up one morning without it could range from inconvenient to disastrous.

Just check the WHOIS of the domain. Every domain name will have a Domain Status column in the WHOIS.

Make sure it shows as below:
Domain Status: LOCKED

About the Author:
Teeyes Siva, Sales Operations, aalpha NET. aalpha NET - is India’s leading domain name registration, web hosting service provider. Now also providing Indian domain registrations.

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