A good, memorable domain name is worth a lot these days. And without domain names, using the internet would be practically inconceivable as we know it today. So it’s all the more surprising how little we talk about security in the context of domain names. After all, it’s a well-known fact that mistakes in the handling of domain names can cause websites to go down or the name to be lost altogether. For companies, this amounts to a serious financial risk – not to mention the massive reputational damage it can cause. Imagine that a domain is accidentally approved for deletion or that the DNS configuration is changed, causing the website to go down and bringing e-mail communications to a grinding halt.
This is why we launched Hostpoint Domain Guard, a solution that features an intelligent team-based control concept to prevent both unintentional and intentional misuse.
The core element of Domain Guard is a group of authorized persons who are selected by the domain owner. If Hostpoint receives a request to make a change to the configuration, change the owner or cancel the domain, the authorized persons are notified automatically and asked to respond to the request. Changes are executed only when approval is unanimous. If just one of the authorized persons rejects the requested change, it will not be executed.
Domain Guard offers a series of features for effective protection:
- Change of name server
- Change to SNSSEC settings
- Change of owner
- Change of technical contact
- Domain transfer to another registrar
- Cancellation of the domain
Domain Guard offers effective protection against improper use and nasty surprises, such as deliberate manipulation or a ‘hostile takeover’ of the domain.