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Wikipedia defines a domain name representing an Internet Protocol (IP) resource, such as a personal computer used to access the Internet, a server computer hosting a web site, or the web site itself or any other service communicated via the Internet.

ICANN, the non-profit Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers leads the domains managed by multiple organizations including:
Newer and less-crowded domain suffixes include .xyz.

Protect your domain name by:
  • Administrative detail monitoring
    • Domain owner - do NOT permit employees, website developers or other third parties to be listed as either the registrant or the administrative contact
    • Registrant - you are listed as the legal owner of the domain name
    • Administrative contact - the individual with rights to alter the domain record
    • Technical contact - the person responsible for technical issues with the domain
  • Domain name registrar
    • Strong password
    • Confirm emails sent by domain registrar are not blocked by your email spam filter
    • Registrar has a permanent email address
  • Lock the transfer of your domain
    • Domain name registrars provide domain lock/transfer lock/register lock to stop your domain name from being deleted, transferred or modified without your prior and explicit permission
  • Monitor expiration dates
    • Set task reminders
    • Consider 
      • Multiple years renewal instead of annual
      • Combining multiple domain names to consolidated expiration dates
  • Register domain name as a trademark
    • May prevent other parties from utilizing similar domain names
  • Implement Extensible Provisioning Protocol (EPP)
    • Requires a particular code to be provided to a new domain name registrar before a transfer; thus providing an extra layer of security
  • Obtain similar domain names
    • Alternate top-level domain names such, .net. and .org
  • Beware of spammers and other malicious communication
    • Responding to emails


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