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ICANN Domain Name Transfer Policy Becomes Effective

As of the 12th of November, 2004 ICAAN, the organization responsible for overseeing domain names, made a drastic change to their transfer policy. Previously when domains were transferred from one registrar to another the owner had to approve the transaction via email. Now, if transfer requests are not replied to within 5 days, the transfer will be automatically approved!

While they claim this "will provide for greater consumer and business choice, enabling domain name registrants to select the registrar that offers the best services and price" what has many domain name holders concerned is the fact that it is now easier to hijack a domain name, if your contact information is no longer valid or if you have a spam filter that blocks the transfer email you can find yourself losing your domain name. There are ways to recover the domain as long as you can prove you didn't want to the transfer but the down time and hassles are best avoided.

How To Protect Yourself:

  • Ensure your domain contact info is always up to date

  • Whitelist or unblock emails from your registrar if you use a spam filter.

  • Lock your domain name to prevent transfers

All of our customers are automatically protected as all domains in our system have been locked with TransferShield. When our TransferShield service is active, hijacking a domain is impossible. Only remove the TransferShield from your domains if you would like to transfer to another ICANN accredited registrar. TransferShield Service is FREE, and is included with all of our domain registrations. This extra security will help prevent unauthorized transfer requests and more.

Contrary to popular belief, there is no reason to panic, you simply need to be aware of the change and make sure that you have followed the 3 steps above to avoid any headaches in the future.

Official ICAAN Announcement here

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