GoDaddy Data Breach: Security Best Practices for Website Domains

May 13, 2020

It has been publicly disclosed that GoDaddy, the world's largest domain registrar, recently suffered a data breach which impacted web hosting account credentials. They are now notifying affected customers. To help keep you safe, here are Abacus' recommendations for domain security best practices:

  • Secure your account with the registrar with a strong password and multi-factor authentication (MFA).
  • Never register a domain under an individual; use a domain privacy service to provide a level of anonymity.
  • Lock your domain name to prevent it from being transferred to another individual or entity.
  • Keep your contact information up-to-date and provide backup contact information for your domain. For extra security, use an email address that is not associated with your domain.
  • Turn on notifications of any changes to your domain, which will alert you if any unauthorized activity takes place.
  • Audit who has access to make changes to your domain.
  • Be wary of phishing emails that request information or suggest changes be made to your domain.

In the event that your domain has been transferred to a new registrar or registrant, contact your registrar immediately, and they will comply with ICANN's Transfer Dispute Resolution Policy which governs the transfer of domains and protects the registrant from fraudulent transfers.

If you require assistance with any of the above recommendations, contact your Domain Registrar support. To enable MFA for Network Solutions or GoDaddy:

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