Nowadays, more and more people are registering domains. The reason behind it is that, generally speaking, it is a relatively simple task. It only takes a good name, a trustworthy registration company (PlusPlusHosting.Net) and you’re done! But is that really all that you need? Unfortunately, it is not like this! There is a very important element that many users forget to take into account: the registration data.

What information have you completed in the registration process of your domain?

At the time of registration, many people choose to place any name whether it is the name of their mother or that of a brother. Also, instead of placing their professional email, they decide to use that personal Hotmail address that they only check once a year. Can this be harmful? Sadly, the answer is yes.

To understand it better, we have this example. Let’s suppose that someone registered a domain as “mydomain.com”. To do this, he used “John Doe” as the registrant’s name (being false), he also put his parents’ address, a friend’s phone number and an old email address that he barely remembers how to access.

While it is true, this does not represent a big problem for many of us -for a while. However, let’s imagine that this domain becomes the best-known domain on the planet after a few years, and as things change -like internet laws- you start needing to authenticate registrant information.

This is where a road full of obstacles begins. If you cannot verify your email and you cannot verify that you are the person that appears in the name of the domain owner, you may face different problems.

This example may sound a bit of a stretch. But, you have to remember the situation that many users faced in 2011. In that year, ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) changed the registration policy requesting to update the information in their domain contact. From there, they sent an email each year to each domain owner/contact reminding them of the importance of having up-to-date information. Why? Well, because ICANN made stricter rules and, as a result, the main one sets the stage that they would have to face if something happened and its representatives could not contact real domain’s owners.

Subsequently, in 2013, this organization requested that all top-level domains (TLDs) have a data verification process, which was implemented in order to keep the information of the holders (Registrants) updated and the integrity of the use of the domains. Therefore, being a mandatory requirement of ICANN, registrants will have a period of 15 calendar days to verify their data. If they don’t do it, after the term ends, the domain will be suspended until the verification is completely done.

In this sense, our recommendation consists of the following: If you register a domain, take the time to fill in your real information. And then, if you change something (address, telephone, email, etc.) do not forget to update it. These few minutes could save you from facing a really hard situation like losing your domain, in consequence, as usually linked, your entire online business.

We all know that the information we place in our domain contact is public. Therefore, if you are concerned about placing your real data because of it, we remind you that you can hide it using the Domain Privacy Protection service. In this manner, you would not have to use false information that puts you at risk of dealing with non-verification consequences.

Also, remember that it is equally important to keep all your domains registered with a trustworthy company, like PlusPlusHosting.Net. We offer the Domain Privacy Protection service to hide your information from spammers, scammers and data collectors since we know that your security needs the best services.