One of the best ways domain name owners can secure their registrar accounts is to enable two factor authentication within their domain registrar accounts. GoDaddy is one of the major registrars that offers 2 factor authentication for its customers, although the company has not offered it to international clients until today.
I was informed that GoDaddy is now offering its international clients the ability to add this additional security measure to their accounts as of today. When the domain owner logs into his or her domain registrar account with a password, they are prompted to enter a unique code that is sent via text message to the domain owner. This is a free service now offered to all GoDaddy customers throughout the world (users may have to pay for text messages depending on their mobile device service).
Paul Nicks, GoDaddy’s Aftermarket General Manager, commented on this change:
“We know the importance of keeping domain names secure. These assets need to be protected and we know security has been a primary concern for domain name investors, both domestic and international. We’ve heard the call from our customers and have seen the success of two-factor in the U.S., so we’ve rolled out two factor-authentication globally.”
Although domain name theft is a somewhat rare occurrence, it seems like cases of stolen domain names have increased in the last couple of years. I believe the primary culprit of this is phishing, and having 2 factor authentication enabled should help reduce thefts via this mechanism.
You can visit this page on GoDaddy.com to learn how to set up 2fa for your account.
I am sure there is no fail-proof method of safeguarding your domain name assets, enabling 2 factor authentication is something that everyone should do if it is available at their domain registrar.