a.Ensure to change your password periodically after you buy a domain name
Before buying a domain name, the registrar will advise you to create a strong password to prevent hackers from breaching your domain. However, you shouldn't leave it at that. Make sure to be changing the password periodically to make it difficult for hackers to breach your domain. For your password to be strong enough, ensure to combine numbers, letters (uppercase and lowercase), and other characters like hyphens, hash tag, star sign and so on. The idea is to make the password as hard as possible for hackers to guess.
b. Only choose legitimate registrars when performing domain name registration
Many first-time domain buyers make the mistake of just buying a domain name from any registrar without doing their due diligence. Some registrars can even steal your domain name before you register it and sell it to you later. Before you type your domain name in the registrar’s website search box, ascertain that they are legitimate. They must have ICANN accreditation. They must be in business for many years and offer around the clock customer support. They must have excellent customer reviews. Check their reviews on sites like Glassdoor and Epinions. The registrar should also have an automatic notification feature that notifies you of any domain transfer activity. Just ensure the registrar has all the domain name safeguards required.
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c.Make a point to update your domain name registration details and personal information
If you happen to change your physical address, phone number or email, ensure to update them ASAP. The registrar typically uses your contact information to contact you whenever there is any suspicious activity with your domain name. Don’t miss out on the Registrar's notification of theft by keeping your information up to date.
d. Make your domain name registration details private
Just like you guard your credit card passwords, ensure your domain name details are accorded the same safeguards. Never surrender your domain details to anyone, except a developer or web master. And after the developer or webmaster has completed their task, change your passwords immediately. Most people make the mistake of making their domain name email address their password. Don't do that. Hackers can harness that information innovatively. Just create a user name that's entirely different from your email address.
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