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Be ware of stolen Domain
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Lately we have seen some issues with domains are being stolen and take over by someone else, this is little scary because some of our friends got this problem on their sites, so this article is to tell you to secure your domains and make backup frequently on your data and believe it or not most of stolen domains are registered via GoDaddy.com. Domain theft has been around since the first domain names were registered at the very beginning of the internet. A domain name can be stolen in a variety of ways. A domain thief can hack into your email or registrant account and simply take control of the domain name at the registrar level. An employee, web developer, partner or other person with access to your domain registrant account can simply take control of the domain and move it to their own account.

How To Prevent Domain Theft


According to domaintheft.org there are a few common ways that thieves are able to take control of a domain name. Many domains are stolen because their owners didn't take the time to follow proper security precautions. At DomainTheft.org we have heard of just about every possible way a domain can be stolen and complied a list of steps you can take to make sure your domains are secure and are transferred safely in the event of a sale.
  1. Never use Gmail, Yahoo or any other free email service as the contact on your domains.
    The #1 way in which domains are stolen is by thieves hacking-into your email account and authorizing a transfer. Free email services have many known exploits and are not secure for domain registration. Use an email address like yourname@yourdomain.com and you will thwart a large majority of attempted thefts.
  2. Choose a secure password at your registrar.
    This may seem like an obvious one but it's amazing how many people use their address, children's names, or birthday in their passwords. If a thief wants to take one of your names they will try passwords like this at your registrar. Use a completely random password with upper and lower-case letters and include a few numbers as well. Remember, if a thief can access your registrar they can transfer as many names as they want!
  3. Pick a trusted registrar.
    Don't pick a tiny registrar that nobody has ever heard of. If you are buying high-value domain names you will want to keep these names with a trusted registrar that has been in business for a long time and has taken proper security precautions. Some of the top registrars for security that are used by domain investors are Moniker, Fabulous, and Name.com.
  4. Use an Escrow Service When Selling Domains
    Make sure to use an escrow service like Escrow.com whenever you sell a domain name. Avoid using Pay Pal and be weary of any buyer that will only pay using Pay Pal. One of the #1 ways that domain names are stolen during the sales process is when a buyer pays via Pay Pal, accepts the domain, and then requests a refund through Pay Pal saying they never received the domain name. Using an escrow service will ensure that the money is secured before you transfer your domain.
  5. Remember to Lock Domains After Purchase
    When you buy a domain name they will sometimes come-into your account unlocked. Make sure all of your domains are locked so that there is an additional step required should someone try to initiate a transfer.
By following the five steps above you can help keep your domains secure and prevent theft. While following the steps above cannot guarantee that your domains will not be stolen this does provide security against a vast majority of the techniques used by domain thieves.

Sites with Same Problem


davidairey.com - Resolved

abduzeedo.com - Prevented - Was able to stop domain transfer before it happened, but all signs indicate the same hacker tried to steal it (forserver@yahoo.com) - Originally on DreamHost

css-tricks.com - Resolved Originally at GoDaddy, Bad Guy moved to PlanetDomain - Domain is back at GoDaddy.

davidwalsh.name - Resolved Originally at GoDaddy, Bad Guy moved to Name.com then to 1and1 (highly unusual and isn't supposed to be possible) - Name.com is was able to get it back from 1and1, although I don't think it was through cooperation on 1and1's part.

scriptandstyle.com - Resolved Originally at GoDaddy, Bad Guy moved to PlanetDomain - David Walsh is the owner of this domain. Transferred back to GoDaddy on December 6th.

sohtanaka.com - Unresolved Originally at 1and1, Bad Guy moved to PlanetDomain - Soh Tanaka's site is offline (nameservers were removed). PlanetDomain is ready to give the domain back to 1and1, but 1and1 isn't responsive.

designshack.net - Resolved Originally at GoDaddy, Bad Guy moved to PlanetDomain - David Appleyard is the owner of this domain. Transferred back to GoDaddy.

instantshift.com - Resolved Originally at GoDaddy, Bad Guy moved to PlanetDomain - Daniel Adams has domain back in GoDaddy account.

kirupa.com - Resolved Originally on NetworkSolutions, Bad Guy moved to PlanetDomain - Kirupa Chinnathambi has domain back.

shiachat.com - Resolved Originally on 1and1, Bad Guy moved to PlanetDomain. Stolen on October 8, went down on November 24. Ali A. is now has domain back (actually kept it on PlanetDomain instead of moving back to 1and1 because they are so awful).
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newchap
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Commented By newchap on June 6, 2012 (3:52 pm)
Thank you for this tip... lotta BAD Guys out here.
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tbenmcp
tbenmcp
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Commented By tbenmcp on June 7, 2012 (11:37 am)
stay away from GoDaddy, we had no choice to use 1and1 because the domain was donated and it will be completely transferred to 50Webs before the domain is expired...GoDaddy is the the worse domain registrar and lack of security.
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Kathryn
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Commented By Kathryn on June 7, 2012 (12:38 pm)
That's very strange to me... mybb.com just went through hell with an attempted take over..and they used name.com and got a horrible response. I have never in my 7 years of using godaddy have had an issue.. I locked my domain asap upon registration... and this is my 4th domain with them.
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tbenmcp
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Commented By tbenmcp on June 7, 2012 (1:30 pm)
good for you because most of domains are taken over are from godaddy registrar, if you haven't got any issues like that, it means you are pretty good at taking care of business, there are many people never thought anything would happen because they thought they are protected...but it happens...they are 2 of my favorite websites listed above css-tricks.com is one that took over by bad guys...and another one is Soh Tanaka (sohtanaka.com) one is back online but another one still lost...GoDaddy has quite bad reputation also 1and1 is bad host.

However, it doesn't matter how good or bad they are, but still some people are not happy with them for whatever reasons...this happens all the time to any one anywhere...like people hate Microsoft but they only use Windows on their computers hehehe...they said paypal suck but they only use paypal...well..it is what it is lol.

and yes I heard about mybb..good to see them back, I don't understand why people want to take down opensource who provide nothing but free for people...I don't get it...I am trying to define between Human and Animal but don't seem to find the difference on those bad folks... no very sad.
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romeoluv56
Commented By romeoluv56 on June 9, 2012 (5:03 am)
Thanks buddy, i would like to share my incident about domain transfer illegaly,

Some days ago on 24th May 2012 i came to know my domain www.articlecms.in is no longer of mine, it was transfered to someone else and everything happened due to less security of gmail. above that he was using my site content and database.

When i contacted to my domain reseller they said its not possible so i contacted to Public Domain Registrar, i was having all the invoices i send them, they asked me to keep patience as they are investigating the issue. After 2 days they asked me for some proof, Like ID proof and letter on my company letter head, i email them and next day they send me a mail saying that, they have returned my domain into my account.

My domain was locked, but the thief gain access from my gmail. now i changed my password and using second signing authentication.

I am very thankful to Public Domain Registrar, who's support was 10/10.

Regards
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