We have becoming increasingly concerned for the safety of companies who do not have their domain name registered in their own name. This usually comes to light when working on new websites, or linking emails to campaigns.
Common security issues that affect companies
An employee leaves your company and sets up as a competitor. Nothing new, but when you discover he originally set up your email, looked after your website and your IT, you may just start to feel somewhat vulnerable. Are the leads from your website now being redirected to his new company? Is your email being mirrored? Is your domain name (the thingy that controls where your email and website points to) registered in your name?
If your domain name is not registered to your own company, then you do not have ultimate control over where your emails are directed, nor control as to where your website points to!
We have had a number of these situations presented to us over the years. After some basic investigations we often find the company doesn’t even own their own domain name and even worse the agent that registered it in his own name is no longer in business. This could result in the domain name pointing to another website or not displaying at all. Although these issues can be addressed in time, the disruption to your organisation, loss of business and time could all be saved by having the information below to hand:
1. Find out where your domain name is held and get the username and password. If it is not registered in your name or company name then ask the agent who registered it on your behalf to change it. We can help you check who owns your domain name or you can check yourself using the simple DIY guide below.
2. Ensure you have the contact details of the company who hosts your website and the username and password for your website’s content management system.
3. Ensure you have the contact details of the company who hosts your email and the username and password for all email addresses.
There are many security issues that could compromise the confidentiality of your business, but if you have the above to hand if an event in the event of a situation arising then you can react quickly and minimise any business disruption and loss of business.
You will also need to lay your hands on the following in an emergency:
- Your registrar’s website address (i.e www.123reg.co.uk)
- Your username
- Your password
Take a minute to check if you own your own domain – DIY guide below
You can check if your company name is registered in your own name today by visiting:www.easily.co.uk
Follow the instructions below:
1. Visit www.easily.co.uk
2. Enter your domain name and click the suffix (i.e. .co.uk)
3. Click on the relevant i button
4. You will then see the following screen showing who is the registrant of your domain name