Don’t Let Crooks Hijack Your Domain

Doing business
today you are as likely to give out your website address as your email or phone
number. Your Web domain is your business identity on the internet. Don’t risk
falling victim to the cyberthreat known as domain hijacking.

You build up a
business site to represent your brand online. Every bit of content, and all the
fonts and images you selected, reflect your business. You probably also have
email addresses at the domain name (e.g. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). So,
imagine the pain of finding out that someone else has stolen your domain.

When your
domain gets hijacked, you lose control of your website, its email addresses,
and all associated accounts. And it’s not easy to recover them.

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The Infosec Institute shares examples:

An advertising
agency spent US$15,000 and 19 months recovering its stolen domain.

The owner of lost US$50,000 and had to lay off six of its eight employees. He
said domain name theft is "like your house got stolen.”

How does a domain get stolen?

There are several
ways this can happen to a business or individual.

The simplest
is that your domain name expires, and you don’t know it. Domain registrars must
send notice one month and one week before the domain expires. But the reminders
might go to an email address that is no longer active or to the Web company
that set your site up years ago and with whom you no longer communicate.

Once your
domain rights lapse, the site gets disabled. After that, the domain name goes
back into a pool of domain names for anyone to buy.

There are
people who make money from purchasing domains. They hope to make money off your
company’s desperation to get its domain back. Or they profit from redirecting
traffic from your reputable Web address to their own.

Then there are
the hijackers. These cybercriminals also want to profit from Web traffic
redirects or to access your domain emails to send false invoices. They might
intercept emails sent to your domain to learn proprietary information. They
could change the content on your site or redirect traffic to a hub for online
gambling, or worse.

The hijackers
might steal your domain by gaining access to the email account you used to set
up the domain. Cybercriminals might use phishing emails to obtain the access
credentials. They use the password reset mechanism to take over your account
and transfer the domain to a different registrar.

Your domain
registration company could be compromised, too. It helps to pick an accredited
registrar for your domain registration.

Any of these
scenarios can have a serious, lasting impact on your business. Once someone
else has access to your domain address they can do whatever they want with it.

Protect Against Domain Hijacking

The first step
is to protect your access credentials. Leveraging two-factor authentication can
also help prevent hijackers from stealing your domain. A registry lock can also
help. It requires more communication if someone tries to change domain
registration. This lets you know of suspicious activity and gives you some time
to react.

It’s also important to know who is managing your domain name and how it is being managed. A Managed Service Provider can take care of this ongoing process for your business. Reach out to our Web experts today!

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