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Who owns your domain name?

Posted by Keith Elder | Posted in Internet | Posted on 26-10-2001

As companies purchase more and more domains, keeping track of these domains can get rather confusing as to which ones have been paid and which ones haven’t. A recent company who made a web site for children recently had their domain register by someone else who put up a pornographic site.

The scoop

From the NYTimes: “The sudden change of scenery was a result of an expired domain registration, a situation that has become more common as companies amass dozens of Web addresses, which generally must be renewed every year. Ernst & Young had not renewed the registrations for the Moneyopolis addresses, which expired this summer, because VeriSign Inc. (news/quote), the company that handled the registration, sent notices of the expirations to an employee who had left the company, Mr. Kerrigan said.”

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Dos and Don’ts

Here are a few tips that may assist you if you own several domain names or even just one domain.

  • check your domains now
  • use your palm pilot, contact software or other tools to remind you of their due dates
  • never let your employees register a domain in their name
  • use an address of “hostmaster@yourdomain.com” which forwards to the appropiate person(s)
  • keep your information on your domain uptodate
  • think about using an email address that isn’t associated with your domain name, if your domain expires, you will never get an email!

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