With cyber-criminals becoming more and more advanced in their illicit methods, it is crucial that you install the required safeguards to protect your new domain. One of the key threats in this respect is that of domain hijacking. In a nutshell, domain hijacking refers to somebody obtaining the login credentials to your newly created domain.
What this means is that they instantly gain access to all of the same account functions that you as the owner of the domain are accustomed to. Whilst such a breach will result in a range of security issues, ultimately – the consequences for your online business could be severe. As such, it is crucial that you ensure that your new domain is fully protected.
What are some of the things that I can do to protect my new account?
In order to ensure that your new domain is safe from the threats of cyber-crime, there are a number of steps that you can take. First and foremost, it is crucial that you choose a highly-established domain registrar when you go through the registration process. Whilst we appreciate that certain providers are cheaper than others, this should not be your main motivation.
Credible domain registrars will offer a number of security features themselves, such as 2FA (Two-factor Authentication), technical support and DNS management. We would also suggest that you enable WHOIS protection. For those unaware, obtaining WHOIS protection on your new domain ensures that your personal information is not publically linked to the domain. This will cover details such as your name, address, email address and in some cases, telephone number.
It is important to note that due to the newly installed GDPR legislation, those operating from within the European Union automatically have their personal data protected.
Password complexity, amendment and protection
Whilst the next tip might appear somewhat obvious, you would be surprised how common it is for individuals to choose a basic password. One of the tools that cyber-criminals use to over-ride a password is through a brute force attack.
Essentially, the simpler the password, the easier it is for the brute force attack to succeed. Therefore, you should make your password as complex as possible. Furthermore, it is also highly recommended to change your password periodically. Whilst you don’t need to change it on a daily basis, every couple of months would be sufficient.
Whilst we are on the topic of passwords, you should also ensure that you are fully aware of what a phishing attack constitutes. A phishing attack refers to the illicit act of impersonating one of your trusted sources.
For example, let’s say that you often receive emails from your registered domain provider. You receive an email from them which states that you need to change your login credentials. As the email looks legitimate, you proceed to click on the link. However, unwittingly, you are actually entering your password on to a website that the cyber-criminals have replicated, in order to steal your details.
In order to protect your new domain from the threats of a phishing attack, it is of utmost importance that you NEVER click on an email that you suspect is malicious. Always access your desired website directly from your address bar, just to be on the safe side. Moreover, if you have suspicions about the legitimacy of a particular email, contact the platform directly, rather than replying to the email you received.
Use different providers for your web hosting and domain registration services
In order to further protect your new domain from the threat of hackers, we would also suggest that you use different providers for your web hosting and domain registration purchases. Whilst in the vast majority of cases you will be able to obtain both services from the same provider, and as such this offers greater convenience, you are essentially putting all of your domain-eggs in to the same basket.
The key reason for this is that should the hacker gain access to your central hosting/domain account portal, in effect they will have access to both client-sides of your website. If you thought that having your new domain hacked was bad enough, imagine how amplified the issue would be if they also had access to your web hosting account.
Finally, it is imperative that you install certain programs in order to further protect your new domain. This should include an anti-virus and spyware program. On top of this, it is also worthwhile choosing a domain provider that allows you to activate a registry lock service. This ensures that nobody is able to transfer your domain without your permission.
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