Your Domain Name is one of your most valuable online assets. It does not only give visitors access to your website — a Domain Name also represents you or your business online.
Whether you’ve just recently acquired it or you’ve been using it for years, your Domain Name should be protected at all costs.
Avoid losing your Domain Name due to oversight or malicious intent. Here are several ways to keep your Domain Name secure:
Choose a Reputable Registrar
Registrars — like Aust Domains — are entities accredited by ICANN, the global governing body for all Domain Names, that register your Domain Name for you. Registrars also manage and keep your Domain Name records.
With this, it is important to choose a Registrar that is known for its excellent service and customer experience.
Review Your Contact Information
Once you have registered with Aust Domains, ensure that all contact information you submit to us is accurate and up-to-date. This allows us to send notifications and do transactions ONLY between authorised personnel.
To make sure you input the right details, refer to the guide below:
|Registrant Contact Information
||Lawful owner (person or entity) of the Domain Name
|Administration Contact Information
||Authorised person to alter and transfer the Domain Name
|Technical Contact Information
||Contact person for technical issues related to the Domain Name
|Billing Contact Information
||Contact person for billing-related transactions
If you want to review or change any contact information in your account, refer to the following guides:
Use a Strong Password
Keep your Domain Name secure by using a strong password for your account. Otherwise, other entities may be able to crack your password and access your account — which contains your Domain Names and other sensitive information.
To avoid this, create a strong password and make sure to change it regularly.
Lock Your Domain Name
Locking your Domain Name will prevent other entities to transfer your Domain Name to another Registrar without your permission. It will also protect your Domain Name from unauthorised modifications and deletions.
You can lock/unlock your Domain Name easily through the Account Manager.
Hide Your Registration Details
Spammers, hackers, and identity thieves can search your Domain Name and use your information for malicious purposes. You can avoid this by getting a Domain Privacy for your Domain Name.
Domain Privacy hides your domain registration details from the public — preventing others from using them illegally.
Keep Track of Your Domain Expiry
You can lose your Domain Name if you fail to renew it once it expires. If other entities are able to register it before you do, chances are you may lose it for a long time — if not forever.
To avoid this, take note of your domain’s Expiration Date and Renew your plan ahead of time. We suggest getting a plan of more than 1 year to avoid renewing your domain every now and then.
You can also avoid overlooking to Renew your domain by choosing the Auto Renewal payment option. To set up Auto Renewal, refer to this guide below:
To Renew your Domain Name, refer to this guide:
Buy Similar Domain Names
Registering multiple Domain Names protects your brand name and reputation.
Buying your Domain Name in various extensions (e.g. .net, .biz., .org), closely spelt counterparts, plural form, or abbreviation will prevent competitors from using them for malicious intents.
We will simply redirect these alternate domains to your main Domain Name.
Having multiple domains will not only protect your online identity but also drive more traffic to your website.
Be Extra Cautious
As a domain owner, you need to be diligent in handling your account information. Here are additional tips that will help you protect your Domain Name:
- Before responding to an email concerning your Domain Name, make sure that they come from your current Registrar.
- NEVER give your login details and credit card information to unauthorised parties.
Important Note: Web developers ONLY need access to your hosting account. Access to your domain name is NEVER required.
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