Help Your Customers Secure Valuable Domain Names at the Registry Level
Registry Lock is a high-level security feature that protects domains from unapproved modifications, internal errors or fraud.
Enabling Registry Lock prevents any attempt of domain configuration without completing a multi-factor authentication process. Only RRPproxy employees acting on your instruction, and authorized by the registry, are allowed to update domains with a Registry Lock. Registry Lock is a white glove service at a rate that allows you to be highly competitive in market!
Increase Your Profits with Registry Lock Protection
A Registry Lock is a must-have for your customers' high value domain names and is a high-quality product to sell. While it ensures the protection of their domains from fraud and accidental changes, it provides you with solid revenue opportunities.
A Registry Lock can be applied for a short period or for the entire duration of the domain name registration (in fact, an active Registry Lock guarantees auto renewals so you'll never drop a name by missing a renewal). At RRPproxy, we offer competitive pricing the help you stand out online.
Save your Customers from Financial, Reputation, and Hijacked Loss
While Registry Lock is smart to apply to all domains, the following type of domains uses are particularly recommend to secure:
- E-commerce websites, including small business and large multi-national sites
- Government, companies, educational or organizational websites
- Websites of banks or other financial institutions
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Why Protect Domain Names with a Registry Lock?
- Digital assets
Domain names are highly valuable digital assets of a business. A loss may have an immediate and world-wide impact on the domain holder’s revenues and reputation.
- High revenue
While a domain name may have a minimal monetary value, it may produce a huge revenue. Just think of well-known e-commerce portals.
- Compliance with data protection laws
A loss of control over a domain name may result in a breach of data protection laws, such as GDPR, which are strictly monitored and carry severe penalties.
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Registry Lock FAQ
What is domain name hijacking?
Domain hijacking (aka domain theft) involves changing the registration of a domain name without the permission of its original registrant. This can sometimes involve illegally accessing and modifying domain name details like owner data and nameservers on domain hosting and registrar platforms and repointing the domain name to divert to a different website. Also, if full access to a domain name is possible and the authorization code can be retrieved, the domain can be transferred away, ultimately leading to the entire loss of the domain. Hijacked domain names are used for phishing, diversion of revenue, extortion and other criminal activity.
What is a Registry Lock?
A Registry Lock is a security mechanism designed to prevent accidental or malicious changes to a Domain Name record, like changing Domain owner details, changing nameservers, or transferring the domain. A Registry Lock is applied by the Top Level Domain (TLD's) registry operator and prevents any changes to the domain name unless suitable authentication data is presented by pre-authorized individuals from the Registrar.
Why is a Registry Lock valuable?
As a Registry Lock is applied directly at the registry, it renders illegal or inadvertent changes to a domain name at the hosting or registrar level ineffective. The registry will refuse to implement any change requests unless a second set of authentication data is provided which confirms that a change request has come from a legitimate and authenticated source. This level of security is hugely valuable for protecting your and your customers domains.
Can I lock all my domains with Registry Lock?
It depends on which TLDs you are using as not all registry operators offer a Registry Lock service. It is important to understand, which TLDs can be locked at the registry level as well as what additional protection methods are available for domains which cannot be locked at the registry. We have one of the largest offerings of TLDs available for Registry Lock (50+), which are listed above by registry. Make sure to also keep reading on this page to learn about another protective option we offer.
What domains should be locked?
We recommend all important domain names get locked whenever possible. A strategic domain name typically points to the main brand website, a site which holds customer data or points to an e-commerce website. The hijacking of a strategic domain will have at least one of the following effects: 1) Loss of trust in brand or reputation damage; 2) Breach of Data protection laws; 3) Loss of revenue; or 4) A successful phishing attack targeted at employees or clients. In any case, these can cause major financial and brand damages.
How does a Registry Lock work?
A Registry Lock uses multi-factor authentication to provide an additional level of verification before any changes to a domain name are authorized at the registry. While the overriding principle is the same for every Top Level Domain, Registry Lock mechanisms are proprietary to each registry operator and different methods of authentication are used.
In working with RRPproxy, we ensure your domains are locked directly to match the specific requirements of each registry.
What actions can be locked?
Typically different actions can be locked. In particular a Registry Lock can prevent:
- Domain Modification (Owner, Nameserver)
- Domain Transfer
- Domain Deletion
Do I have to enable Registry Lock for the entire duration of my domain name registration?
No, a Registry Lock is independent of the registration length or expiry of a domain name ― it can be applied for a short period or for the duration of the domain name registration. Domains set with Registry Lock also ensure automatic renewals, preventing unwanted domain expiration, a great added benefit!
How much does a Registry Lock cost?
Each registry has its own fee structure and charging mechanism. Some charge annually, others monthly. Due to the considerable administrative overhead of implementing Registry Lock, most Registrars charge for setting up, changing or removing a registry lock.
Typically, a registry lock will cost in the range of $100 - $500 per year. While this may appear expensive compared with the cost of registering a domain name, it is almost negligible compared with the loss of revenues, damage to reputation or the cost of recovering a domain name should it be hijacked. For custom pricing, please contact your Account Manager or our Sales team at the link below.
Looking for more protection services to provide your customers? Meet our Domain PinLock Service
The PinLock Service protective mechanism can be added to any domain name, is based on a PIN token method via short message service (SMS).
By using the Domain PinLock service you enable a two-way protection against any unwanted domain modifications. This is especially useful to protect valuable domain names in your portfolio against malicious or accidental changes.
Once the service has been activated the following modifications can only be performed by providing a valid one-time token within a 30 minute window received via short message service (SMS) to a pre-defined phone number:
- TransferDomain (only user transfers)