Of late there are many cases of domain thefts and hijacking being reported. Recently a domain like Google.com.br was stolen by hackers. What is more worrying is growing involvement of some registries and registrars in the theft. If you have premium domains you have every reason to worry about. I am writing this post to help you secure your domains. Okay! Here is how to protect your domains from Scammers, thieves, hijackers and hackers.
The first step in ensuring domain protection is choice of a good registrar. Choose a registrar having clean past, who value their customers, and have a better security features. It is worthwhile to remember that registrars can easily steal your domain if they wants to. So it is nothing but the trust element that bind a registrar and registrant.
I would personally recommend Godaddy, Namebright, Namesilo, Name or Epik. They have a clear ToS and are absolutely best. Avoid registrars like 1&1, Fast Host, Network Solutions, who have a murky past.
Most domain registrars provide security features like two factor authentication, multi layered password etc. Make sure you take time and enable them. Prevention is better than cure.
If you have a domain related to a trademark but registration date is prior to date of trademark registration, don’t not contact the trademark holder or try to negotiate to sell the domain to him. Nor should you try to develop a website in same niche as the trademark holder. If you decide to park the domain make sure you don’t host ads similar to the niche of the trademark holder. These are the steps to prevent reverse domain hijacking.
It is very important to keep your WHOIS info up to date. When you buy a domain the seller may opt to keep the contact info intact either knowingly or unknowingly while he pushes the domain to your account. As a result all enquiry about your domains will go to previous owner. There is a risk of transferring out your domain if you don’t update your WHOIS info.
When somebody is offering you premium domains at unusually cheap price, you got the reason to be suspicious, especially if the seller is a stranger. It could be a case of stolen domain. Even the seller agrees to transfer the domains first hold your grounds. Take time to do research and find out the whois history. Otherwise you ll lose the domains if they proved to be stolen ones.
While doing a transaction, especially for high value transaction go for Escrow service. I won’t recommend Paypal as seller protection is not guaranteed for digital transaction. Bitcoin is good mode of accepting payment as Bitcoin transactions are irreversible.
Last but not least choose an email address that you regularly check. Recently there is an attempt to steal a LLL.com domain from an Indian domainer in connivance with the registrar. Fortunately for the domainer he checked his email before the transfer-out was complete and thus save his domains.