Registry Lock

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Prevent domain hijacking and loss of valuable domain names

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Providevalue to your customers with this extra safety feature that protects them at the registry level

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Experience the most extensive list of Registry Lock TLD coverage in the industry

Help Your Customers Protect High Value Domain Names with CentralNic Reseller’s Registry Lock

Registry Lock is a high-level security feature that protects domains from unapproved modifications, internal errors, or fraud.

Enabling Registry Lock does not allow any attempt of domain configuration unless a multi-factor authentication process has been completed. Only CentralNic Reseller employees acting on your instruction, and authorized by the registry, are allowed to update domains with a Registry Lock. It’s the white glove service you want, at a rate that allows you to be highly competitive in the market.

Increase Your Profits with Registry Lock Protection

A Registry Lock is a necessity for all high-valued domain names. Not only will your clients be able to protect their domain names against fraud and accidental changes, you’ll also be able to charge a fee for the administration of this high-quality service.

A Registry Lock can be applied for a short period of time or for the entire duration of the domain name registration. In fact, an active Registry Lock guarantees auto renewals so you'll never drop a name by missing a renewal. Plus RRPproxy offers competitive pricing to help you stand out over the competition.

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Protect your Customers from Fraud and Financial Loss

While it’s smart to apply Registry Lock to all domains, we highly recommend securing the following types of domain uses:

  • E-commerce, including small business and large multinational websites
  • Government, business, educational, or organizational websites
  • Banks or any other financial institution websites

Want to learn more about how this product can help your business? Feel free to reach out to us anytime.

Why Protect Domain Names with a Registry Lock?

Digital assets
Domain names are highly valuable digital assets of a business. A loss may have an immediate and world-wide impact on the domain holder’s revenues and reputation.

High revenue
While a domain name may have a minimal monetary value, it could produce huge revenue, like some well-known e-commerce portals.

Compliance with data protection laws
Loss of control over a domain name may result in a breach of data protection laws, such as GDPR, which are strictly monitored and carry severe penalties.

Get Access to the Most Comprehensive List in the Market - Over 50 TLDs

CentralNic Reseller supports a wide variety of TLDs across six registries

  • .INFO
  • .PRO
  • .MOBI
  • .BLUE
  • .RED
  • .BLACK
  • .PINK
  • .GREEN
  • .BET
  • .PET
  • .POKER
  • .PROMO
  • .KIM
  • .LGBT
  • .ORGANIC
  • .BIO
  • .SKI
  • .ARCHI
  • .SHIKSHA
  • .LOTTO
  • .VOTE
  • .VOTO
  • xn—6frz82g (Chinese Mobi)
  • .AC
  • .IO
  • .SH
  • .LLC
  • .GLOBAL
  • .ART
  • .BAR
  • .COLLEGE
  • .DESIGN
  • .FM
  • .INK
  • .LOVE
  • .PROTECTION
  • .RENT
  • .REST
  • .SECURITY
  • .STORAGE
  • .THEATRE
  • .TICKETS
  • .WIKI
  • .XYZ
  • .COM
  • .NET
  • .CC
  • .TV
  • .NAME
  • .AU
  • .COM.AU
  • .NET.AU
  • .ORG.AU
  • .ME
  • .CH
  • .LI

Registry Lock FAQ

Domain hijacking (aka domain theft) involves changing the registration of a domain name without the permission of its original registrant. This can sometimes involve illegally accessing and modifying domain name details, like owner data, nameservers on domain hosting, registrar platforms, or repointing the domain name to divert to a different website. Also, if full access to a domain name is possible and the authorization code can be retrieved, the domain can be transferred away, ultimately leading to the entire loss of the domain. Hijacked domain names are used for phishing, diversion of revenue, extortion, and other criminal activity.

A Registry Lock is a security mechanism designed to prevent accidental or malicious changes to a domain name record, like changing domain owner details, changing nameservers, or transferring the domain. A Registry Lock is applied by the registry operator of the Top Level Domain (TLD) and prevents any changes to the domain name unless suitable authentication data is presented by pre-authorized individuals from the registrar.

Because a Registry Lock is applied directly at the registry, it renders illegal or inadvertent changes to a domain name at the hosting or registrar level ineffective. The registry will refuse to implement any change requests unless a second set of authentication data is provided confirming that a change request has come from a legitimate and authenticated source. This level of security is highly valuable for protecting you and your customers’ domains.

It depends on which TLDs you are using as not all registry operators offer a Registry Lock service. It is important to understand which TLDs can be locked at the registry level, as well as what additional protection methods are available for domains that cannot be locked at the registry. We have one of the largest TLD offerings available for Registry Lock (50+), listed above by registry.

We recommend that all important domain names get locked whenever possible. A strategic domain name typically points to the main brand website—a site which holds customer data or points to an e-commerce website. The hijacking of a strategic domain will have at least one of the following effects:

  • Loss of trust in brand or reputation damage
  • Breach of data protection laws
  • Loss of revenue
  • A phishing attack targeted at employees or clients

A Registry Lock uses multi-factor authentication to provide an additional level of verification before any changes to a domain name are authorized at the registry. While the overriding principle is the same for every top level domain, Registry Lock mechanisms are proprietary to each registry operator and different methods of authentication are used.

In working with CentralNic Reseller, we ensure your domains are locked to match the specific requirements of each registry.

In particular a Registry Lock can prevent:

  • Domain modification (owner, nameserver)
  • Domain transfer
  • Domain deletion

No, a Registry Lock is independent of the registration length or the expiry of a domain name―it can be applied for a short period of time or for the duration of the domain name registration. Domains set with Registry Lock also ensure automatic renewals preventing unwanted domain expiration.

Each registry has its own fee structure and charging mechanism, some charge annually, others monthly. Due to the considerable administrative overhead of implementing Registry Lock, most registrars charge for setting up, changing, or removing a Registry Lock.

Typically, a Registry Lock will cost in the range of $100 - $500 per year. While this may appear expensive compared to the cost of registering a domain name, it is almost negligible compared with the loss of revenues, damage to reputation, and cost of recovering a hijacked domain name. For custom pricing, please contact your account manager or our sales team at the link below.