What Is Domain Locking? Can Someone Lock It Without My Approval?

It’s wonderful to feel safe. The great psychologist Abraham Maslow recognized this as well, which is why he put security in his pyramid of five most basic human wants, known as “d-needs.” In each situation, whether personal or professional, we want to feel protected and secure. In the absence of security, achieving larger life goals becomes impossible, thus security must come first.

Criminals are usually on the cutting edge, looking for new methods to steal- whether it’s a physical store or an online store, they master new ways to illegally access your data and sensitive information.So, when you buy domain name for your website, it is equally important to ensure safety of the same against theft i.e. domain hijacking. Cybercriminals can misuse your domain and cripple your business by:

Taking your business without your consent by altering the registration of your domain name(s).
By misrepresenting a domain name, you are endangering your company’s reputation.
Using a version of your domain name or company name to create a store.

So how to lock the bad guys out?

Select a certified domain-name registrar that offers “domain lockdown,” or greater website security.

Types of domain locking

Domain locks are divided into two types:

1. Theft protection

This function protects your domain name from unauthorized domain name transfers.

2. Domain master lock

When a domain name is locked, it prohibits –

Modification of contact information
Child nameserver registration and administration
Theft protection can be enabled or disabled.
Suspension and reinstatement of a domain name
Internally, moving, pushing, or transferring a domain name to another customer account, and so on.
If you wish to transfer your domain, you’ll have to unlock it first.

We went through the second sort of lock, the domain master lock, in depth in this post.

What is domain locking?

“A domain lock is a status code that can be imposed on an internet domain name by the domain name’s sponsoring registrar,” according to wiki. This is frequently done to prevent illegal, undesired, or unintentional domain name changes.”

In basic words, domain locking is a security mechanism used by a domain registrar to safeguard its clients from unlawful transfers to another registrar or web host, resulting in the loss of their domain name. “Client Transfer Prohibited” is another name for the domain lock status.

Why is domain locking considered a protective measure?

The domain name is the address that the internet uses to link your clients to your website. Any change in your nameserver will alert the internet, which will redirect clients accordingly.

Consider the repercussions (as outlined above) if this modification is implemented without your consent. Scary!

However, if you put a lock on your domain name, all requests to transfer it to another web hosting company will fail. By default, your domain is locked.

During the domain lock state, some operations such as domain modification, transfer, renewal, and alteration of the domain contact data are prohibited.

As a result, domain locking is a safeguard since it –

Protects your domain from being transferred for nefarious purposes.
Anyone who tries to misdirect your name servers will be blocked.
Unauthorized modifications to the domain administration information are prevented.
Gives you a sense of security.

Can someone lock it without my approval?

Yes, without your consent, your domain can be locked. If there are any formalities outstanding, any disagreements, or any complaints lodged with the registrar, the registrar may lock the customer’s domain.

Who can lock /unlock the domain?

This function can be turned off by the current domain provider. If you want to transfer your domain to another registrar, you must first disable the domain lock with your existing registrar.

Both the registrar and the client can enable/disable theft protection on a domain name, however in the event of a ‘lock,’ the registrar has master authority to disable or enable lock on a domain.

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