How to protect your domain ownership - basic tips

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Nowadays, our virtual property such as files, sites and domains for them can sometimes cost and mean more to us than even our real estate.

Real estate is protected in a number of ways and is taken care of by many state institutions, and despite the number of abuses, it is much harder to one day just wake up without it. The files we have and the sites uploaded to the server are a separate topic, but today we decided to pay attention to the security of the domains we own, as well as good practices related to not having headaches with their theft and possible loss.

Domain registration is sometimes an impulsive decision and it is not uncommon to buy it in minutes. However, its loss can last even less - just seconds, or as a result of not being careful when buying it. And if sometimes there are domains in our portfolio that are not fatal to lose, it is not uncommon for people to lose many valuable domains just because they forgot about them, did not pay attention to their security or other trivial reason.

That is why we urge you to pay more attention and follow a few basic principles for each of your domains. There are several basic ways to lose it. More often than not, you just forget to pay on time and according to the rules. It has probably happened to everyone, and the best option is to simply set up the necessary reamers, link an email to the domain that you follow closely, and, if possible, prepay for the year ahead, as some more exotic domains require much more. early re-registration. However, if this depends 100% on us, then stealing domains is something rare, but very unpleasant.

The dangerous employee

In many companies, the secretary is in charge of domain registration. Or, better yet, the person in charge of IT. However, it is not uncommon for him to leave work, along with all the domain data, passwords, etc. Taking the domain back is associated with many problems, and even if the person is well-meaning, there is simply a chance that you will not be able to find it. Keep all the information about your domains with you or someone you trust.

Register your domains yourself

The best option, whether you are a director of a large company or have a small company, is to register your domains yourself. It is not difficult at all, it takes very little time, and in the future it will save you a lot of headaches. Register with your primary email, which you generally use, provide reliable information about yourself and put the domain in an account with your email, access and administration. If you are a large company and have many employees, it is no problem to give access to another person, but the registrant must be you.

If you do not register your domains yourself - bet on professionals

If you still do not have time or do not care, then entrust the responsible work of domain registration to professionals - web studio or agency with which you have a contractual relationship.

VPSExtra.com offers all agencies and studios a special affiliate program through which they can create new accounts for their clients or add existing ones and take over full management. This saves them the effort of managing multiple accounts while protecting you because you have your own account with your username and password, you receive the invoice directly from us, and you can decide whether to grant or deny access to an agency. You can ask your developers about this feature and if they don't know about it, they can contact us at any time. We will help them join the affiliate program and organize their clients.

Bet on a quality and complex password

As with everything else, it is not a bad idea to use a complex, long and high-quality password when registering a domain. We may turn our attention to this some other time, but don't put a series of numbers, your name, something that everyone can easily think of. Use different words, different symbols, numbers and even special symbols. It will be great if you replace one 1 with "!" And here no one will be angry with you if "p" turns into 5, "w" into 6, etc.

Use secure e-mail and protect it well

Most domain thefts are committed through the e-mail to which they are registered. A serious mistake you can make is to provide mail that you rarely use, one that receives mostly spam. Be sure to use your primary mail to make sure you receive everything related to managing your domain. In order not to be stolen in this way, be sure to protect your e-mail well. This can be done through the use of a quality password, as well as two-factor authentication, which is offered by most e-mail services.

In addition to breaking the e-mail, many people lose their domain if they have registered it to an e-mail, which eventually ceases to exist. An interesting detail here is that in WHO.IS domain information it is not a bad idea to give another mail. Yours is better hidden so that it is not visible to random people. In the official domain information you have several fields in which you can put different mail from your main one. Manage this well and you will save yourself a lot of trouble

Beware of phishing attacks

The upper   part is directly connected to this element. It's good that random people can't figure out whose email is exactly behind a particular domain. Thus, the chances of fraud will be much lower. This is true not only for domains, but be extremely reserved about all emails that make you open links. Carefully follow the environment you are in, see if the address is an imitation of the one you should be in, and last but not least - never fill in a username and password on a page you reached after a link in your mail - now almost no company does such things precisely because they are used by fraudsters.