Domain names are one of the most important aspects of your businses and losing access or ownership to them could be catastrophic.
Here are some tips on how to protect them.
Make sure your Whois info is up to date
Keeping the Whois information current is as important as changing the battery for your smoke detectors.
The only difference is that the smoke detector will keep beeping until you replace the battery
while you won't know your Whois information
is out of date until one day you decide to transfer the domain name.
An outdated email address is enough to create this trouble.
So take 10-15 minutes and verify the contact information for all your domain names.
Turn on the registrar lock
To transfer out a domain name, you need to request the registrar to unlock it and provide the auth code.
By default, the domain names registered with us or transferred to us are locked.
Locked domains work the same as unlocked ones and the only difference is that they are not be transferred to a different registrar.
Keeping your domain names locked creates another layer of protection if a thief/hacker were to gain access to your auth code.
Renew your domain name ahead of time
Occasionally some-big name companies come on the news because one or more of their domain names expired rendering their service unusable.
How many people lost their domain names because they forget to renew them? More than you think!
Don't take any risks when it comes to your domain name, especially if you are hosting a website or any other live services.
Renew your domain name for multiple years (up to 10 years) if you have the funds. Otherwise, set your domain name to auto-renew
and add a valid payment method to your account to stop worrying about losing your domain names!
Use two-factor authentication
Two-factor authentication or 2FA provides a more secure login process because
when you (or anyone) attempts to log into your account, two pieces of information are needed: the account password and a one-time authorization code generated by a mobile application or an SMS text message.
It may be more work for you to use 2FA on your account, but it also means a lot more work for anyone who tries to get into your account without your authorization.
Turn on two-factor authentication
for your account and secure your domain names!