Thursday, October 21, 2021

How to Prevent Your Domain Name from Getting Hijacked by Fraudsters

 At first, when registering a domain name, we calculate the price it will be worth in the coming decade. And working on a website for ten years is strenuous, but the value of the domain name on this website can change a mindset and make a brother sell their loyalty to a potential bidder. 

Most often, the distant cry of people that lost their website access through a shady domain name registration, such as providing a wrong phone number and home address as their details which led to the hijacking of their name, may not be heard.  Taking a domain name registration process for a joke is when you choose to submit your brother's phone number and home address as the contact information of the domain or host.

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We are working strides ahead to bridge the gap of below kind of incident from happening.

“A man x registered and hosted a name of a company that has no affiliations to him, with his brother's contact details. One day, a stranger called the hosting company and complained that the owner of this name no longer works with their company, so they would want to take charge of the domain name.

So the customer care service scurried quickly and called the phone number associated with the domain name. And the owner of the number picked up the call and claimed ownership of the domain name; with no delay, he agreed to what the stranger said. Perhaps Mr. X is not yet aware of this terrible incident even though the host transferred the name to the stranger.”

So, the hosting company could barely do anything for his type of complaint other than recovering his hosting plan. He threatened to call ICANN. But, during this period of calls, he had no access to the domain name.

Story Insight

1.       To you, this is the funniest story you've read in a Webhosting blog

2.       Someone elsewhere would consider this story unreal or a family drama.

But the context of this article relied on this story to select nervous mistakes in registering a domain name. They are a few units of overlooks to learn from in this story.

·         To register a company's name is not a red flag if nothing is enforcing the name, like a trademark. The red flag in this story is the contact details of his brother, which he submitted during registration. The market is hot and, his Bro must have earned abundantly to betray his loyalty. Think of how tough it would have been if it was his friend's contacts.

·         Allowing a third-party user will terminate you from being the sole owner of your property. Make sure you are the only admin who gets notified about any activity that requires visiting your hosting account.

·         Registering a trademarked name is a red flag but, the man in this story trusts that the hosting company is the onus for this missed fortune. But it could be a trademarked name; the company is right by law to take the domain name. ICANN cannot help in this kind of circumstance.

Benefits of using your main Contact details

1.       Failed auto-renewal is mainly caused by having insufficient funds in your hosting balance. The hosting company must send a mail to you concerning this failed automated transaction. If you do not receive this mail, your domain name will be under the grace of the hosting company for some days before they take it down.

A lucky fellow will pluck the expired domain name up and register it again. At this moment, your precious name is gone because of a single nervous mistake.

2.       Activity Summary, on the other hand, is self-important to everybody that hosts websites on hosting platforms. Because a single activity on your profile must be emailed to you shortly as an alert to verify if you declared such action, ignore this at your peril!

The best solution for this kind of dispute

Perhaps, the recovery process of this name will undergo thick and thins of queries and questions from the internet lawyers that will handle such a dispute.

 However, the domain name is gone; and it is a problem that will be strenuous to resolve despite ICANN's authority.

But, ICANN's presence is needed to dissolve the dispute. And, the best means to settle this family drama is to send a well-detailed mail about the incident to ICANN, they will reply within a week.

Also, it is advisable to gather all the documents that prove that you are associated with the hijacked domain name. Documentation will hasten the recovery process of your domain name if it gets hijacked.

Moreover, the hosting company in question is not ours but, the hosting company is not the victim of this incident- the minor mistakes or the shady domain name registration contributed to this loss.

The summary

This case will not stand a chance if the name is trademarked. Else, they are multiple means of recovering the domain name, but it depends on the story attached to the incident.

According to ICANN, this kind of domain hijacking, done by jeopardizing the details used in registering the domain name, is among the two most difficult cases that can prolong the recovery of a domain name.

ICANN cares so much about how the hijacking took place, but any means it happened, they advise that you should first report the incident to your registrar before contacting ICANN.

However, they oblige that documentation is the perfect key to recovering a lost domain name. A victim should provide one document that will convince ICANN to believe that the name is their property. In addition, the company associated with the document must be present as well—if a law firm enforced the permit, their signature must be there.

Trywebber hosted by Webber James advises users to provide correct details when registering a domain name or paying for hosting services on Webber James nothing fails at our end when you abide by our terms and conditions. Our goal is to see that nothing hampers the security of your products on this platform.

Perhaps, if you encounter such a dispute before handing the case to ICANN, please come and talk to us first. We have a better solution to help you.

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