Earlier this year, an attempt was made to take control of Facebook’s main domain name, Facebook.com. Whilst hackers appear to have gained access to the world’s biggest Social Media company’s DNS settings, the company had wisely implemented a Registry Lock which ensured that no changes could be made to the domain name settings.
Facebook.com is the world’s 2nd most visited website with over a billion registered users and over 757 million visitors per day. Just a few weeks ago they announced profits of approximately $1.5bn. A registry lock, costing less than a few hundred dollars could very well have been the best investment the company ever made.
A registry lock prevents any unauthorised changes from being made to a domain name’s DNS settings or registry details. Anyone who is able to gain access to the DNS settings cannot make any changes to the forwarding of the domain name or attempt to steal it. The authentication process means that only authorised contacts from with the domain registrar can request the domain to be unlocked and Verisign will only action these requests if further security questions are answered.
Whilst malicious activity continues to escalate, registry locking is often a simple yet very effective measure that is overlooked by brand holders and should form part of any company’s first line of defence in the war against cyber crime.
Written by Stuart Fuller, Director of Commercial Operations and Communications, NetNames.