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By: Tyler Dawes – Bayshore Solutions Systems Engineer

How to Protect Your Website’s Domain Verification

Within the past year the internet’s governing body, Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), put in place some new rules which affect all generic top level domains (TLD) such as .COM, .NET, .ORG, as well as many other TLDs.

With these changes, ICANN now requires all registrars to formally contact their customers once a year to review their contact information and ensure it is up to date.

With new domain purchases, domain transfers, or for modifications to registrant information, you are now required to verify ownership of your domain.

The simple but critical steps to domain verification are:

  1. You will receive an email with an activation link from your domain registrar.
  2. Review and follow the link to complete activation.

If you do not complete this process, ICANN requires registrars to disable your domain, and your website will be suspended and replaced with a splash page displaying a domain verification error.

This also affects any Domain Name System (DNS) entries (computers, services, or any resource connected to the Internet or a private network) associated with the specific domain. Under such a disabling scenario, any other DNS entries for the domain will cease to function, which would ultimately cause down-time for your business.

Here’s a proactive step ensure domain peace of mind:

As a domain owner, you should confirm that your admin and registrant email address is current. If it is not, you should update it and then follow the above procedures.

If you have any further questions about secure website hosting, need assistance, or would like to transfer or purchase a new domain through Bayshore Solutions, we will be happy to work with you to assist in a smooth transition and avoid any disruptions in service.

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