How to Protect Your Domain Name?
According to statistics published on WIPO UDRP, there were approximately two hundred and forty-three cases regarding domain name disputes were filed in January 2018. Further, there were three hundred and twenty-two cases which were filed in July 2018. And the count came down to two hundred and twenty-two cases in December 2018. The complainant country, in this case, was India.
A domain name is a factor responsible to represent an IP address or an Internet Protocol resource which uses the Internet for hosting a website. The IP address is mainly for a computer, desktop, or a laptop server.
Further, a domain name can be developed for the internet as well as for a private intranet.
Top Level Domains Are the domain names which get displayed at the top when related keywords are entered in the toolbar of the search engine.
- ccTLD or country code Top Level Domains
This top level domain includes the country code and is mainly for government or country related websites.
Eg: .in or gov.in.
- Generic Top Level Domain or gTLD
Domain names such as .com, .net, .org, and .info are termed as generic top-level domain names.
- IDN ccTLD
An internationalized country code Top Level Domain name has got certain levels:
This shall involve the country name after the generic code. Eg: .com, .in.
This will include the domain name, generic code, as well as the country code.
Eg: domain registration.com.in
This can be termed as a directory in the pool of data provided. Eg: Example. Domain registration.com.in.
According to statistics published on Wikipedia, approximately three hundred and thirty-one million domain names were registered in 2017.
Motherhost is a retail registrar that provides a multi-domain hosting for all kinds of businesses along with customer assistance of twenty-four hours throughout the week.
Domain Name Privacy Protection
The company which creates or develops the domain for its client maintains a contact directory for all the domain owners. The company maintains a database named ‘ Whois’ for the same purpose.
And for privacy, the personal information of all the domain owners is masked with the information of the domain developer.
There are some steps that need to be followed for the privacy protection of the domain name:
- Assuring that the domain name is registered with the company or the organization.
- For developing a particular domain name, a registrar should be approached. The registrar can either be a corporate registrar or a retail registrar with a reputation and good reviews.
- Securing or locking the domain name by enabling the secured or lock option in the privacy settings.
- There should be a strong password to ensure password protection. And hence, password obtained from registrar should be strong.
- Also, there should be renewal and creation of a new domain name. This shall curb hackers or thieves from masking or copying other domain names. The domain name should be created for the longest period of time and auto-renewals should be enabled such that the domain name does not become obsolete or is copied.