This guide was originally published on May 1, 2021. The last update was made on May 22, 2021.
This guide covers simple techniques which you can easily implement by yourself to protect your properties.
Here are the three techniques:
1. Domain privacy
2. Transfer lock
3. Defensive registration
1. Domain privacyProtection against spam and scams
It consists of masking - partially or entirely - the contact details, including the owner details, available from Whois lookups.
It is a good practice to mask - at a minimum - the email addresses attached to a domain.
This helps protect against spam and scams, especially those that ask you to pay immediately to avoid cancelling your domains.
Domain Privacy is described in more detail in this guide.
2. Transfer lockProtection against unauthorized transfers
Aliases: Domain Lock, Registrar Lock, Locking or simply Lock
This feature is available for domains ending in many extensions. But not all, as some registries do not offer such feature.
A domain is either locked or unlocked.
When a domain is locked, any transfer requests (i.e. to initiate a change of the registrar managing a domain) are automatically rejected by the registry.
Best to lock all your domains equipped with this feature to prevent any unauthorized transfers.
3. Defensive registrationProtection against cybersquatting
Registering alternative domains to a primary domain name is a very efficient protection strategy. Once you own a domain, it is no longer available to others for registration as long as you keep renewing it.
Here are some types of alternatives:
New generic extension
Typo in the name
Name in an other language
With a suffix
With a prefix
Interested to discover some of our additional web addresses? They are listed here.
A domain hack can be built only when the last letters of a name actually match a domain extension.
A popular domain hack is pep.si .
It is a good approach to implement 301 redirects from the alternatives to the primary domain. As you may have noticed, we implemented such redirections for our alternatives.