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Stealing a domain name

Discussion in 'General Affiliate Marketing Forum' started by gkd_uk, Jul 3, 2007.

  1. gkd_uk

    gkd_uk Affiliate affiliate

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    Hi

    I came across a post where a user had a owned a domain name for several years.

    Someone transferred his domain to joker.com and when he tried renewing the domain at his original host, he was not allowed. But when he renewed at joker.com the registered owner is now showing as joker.com.


    How is this possible?
    And how was someone able to transfer a domain name which did not belong to them?

    Thanks :)
     
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  3. temi

    temi Facilitator affiliate

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    sound too complicated to guess what happened. You really cannot tranfer a domain that does not belong to you as a tranfer request will be sent to the registered owner's email address, unless someone else has access to you email address.

    You can also lock your domain to prevent tranfer.
     
  4. gkd_uk

    gkd_uk Affiliate affiliate

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    Thanks Temi

    Who locks the domain, would it be norminet or the host?
     
  5. gkd_uk

    gkd_uk Affiliate affiliate

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    Found this interesting article:

    We've all seen this famous quote: "It's better to give than to receive." But how many webmasters are willing to give their domain names to anyone who asks? More than you think, unfortunately. Recent changes to domain name transfer policy means you could lose control of your domain name just by neglecting to read your email for a few days.

    Read more
     
  6. temi

    temi Facilitator affiliate

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    Nominet domains are virtually impossible to hijack, if you want to transfer a domain, you need to send identification and payment to Nominet first

    For top level domains, it depends but at most registrars you need to lock you domain yourself while some seem to lock it for you by default.
     
  7. temi

    temi Facilitator affiliate

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    Not sure I subscribe to that philosophy


     
  8. gkd_uk

    gkd_uk Affiliate affiliate

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    I have checked my .info domain which is locked.

    I'm sure my .co.uk are locked. I have just sent a request to my hosting company to find out where I can check this.
     

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