Are you doing regular audits of your domain names?
No one likes going through an audit. Typically performed by someone else, audits often look for mistakes or omissions in how you’ve done your job or followed a procedure.
But audits can also help prevent potential headaches and losses for your business.
EnCirca recommends you perform an audit of your domain names twice a year.
Here are the steps you should follow for a do-it-yourself domain audit:
1. Verify your domains are locked. All domains at EnCirca are locked by default. This helps prevent hijacking of your domains. A domain should be unlocked only if you are looking to switch registrars.
To check: Login to your EnCirca account. The “List Domains” is displayed. Select each of your domains and verify the “Unlocked?” is set to “N” for “No”
2. Verify your public Whois contacts. Make sure your Whois contacts are accurate. Inaccurate whois data can be cause for ICANN complaints and losing your domains.
To check: After logging in, select “Contacts” and then “List Contacts”. Select the link for each contact and “modify” if necessary.
3. Verify your private customer record is accurate. EnCirca sends renewal notices to your postal address, email address and even automated calls to your telephone number. When postal notices are returned as undeliverable, we send you a special email. When emails bounce, we send you a postcard. But even after all this, customers still lose domain names because they did not maintain accurate contact information.
To check: Login to your EnCirca account and select “My Account Home” and then the link for “Modify Customer Info”. Then you log in again to our customer database to view your customer record. Here you can also update your account password. Make sure you do not have a password that is easily guessed. The best passwords include letters, numbers and special characters.
4. Verify if you should secure your name in other extensions
You may be using a .com or .us domain as your primary web address but as your business grows, it is worth protecting it in other extensions too. Especially those that have recently relaxed eligibility requirements. Are you aware of recently relaxed restrictions for dot-co, dot-me and dot-pro? Conduct an availability search for your primary domains and see where else you should protect them.
To check: Go to EnCirca’s home page and conduct a general search. Here is a short list you should protect yourself for:
- .co (just passed the 500,000 mark after four months)
- .us (or your home country domain)
Take our advice and secure your settings today!