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November 11th, 2004
By Name Intelligence
Domain Registrants may be learning of a new ICANN Domain
Name transfer policy the hard way – by losing their
domain name – unless they either set their domain names
to registrar-lock, or proactively monitor and respond "NO"
to transfer requests.
Seattle, WA (PRWEB) November 11, 2004 – Name Intelligence,
is making available, for free, a suite of domain name tools
available to help registrants watch their domain names, in
an effort to protect against the negative impacts of a new
ICANN domain transfer policy change which puts domain registrants
at risk of losing their name if they are not locked and monitored
Many Domain Name registrants and domain managers are not
aware of a loophole in the updated ICANN domain name transfer
policy (going into effect 11/12/2004) which could allow someone
to transfer your domain away from your registrar without consent.
If you own one or more domain names, you need to be aware
that those domain names are potentially exposed to unauthorized
transfer under a new ICANN policy.
"Critical Policy changes in the handling of Domain Name
transfers go into effect on November 12, 2004. These changes
may expose your domain names to unauthorized transfer if they
are not locked. We have a free domain monitoring tool that
can help a registrant to review their portfolio and take appropriate
"The Whois Source website [http://www.whois-source.com]
operates free services where Domain Managers can easily and
quickly monitor and validate one or thousands of their Domain
Names and improve their peace of mind against unauthorized
transfers.", said Jay Westerdal, President and CEO of
Name Intelligence, operators of Whois Source. "A registrant
can monitor their domain name(s) easily through the free tools
available on the web site, and there are daily email alerts
that can proactively announce changes to a domain's status,
such as a registrar transfer taking place."
"People are not aware of the magnitude of the impact
of this policy change and what it means to domain name registrants.
Names that are not registrar-locked are at risk.", said
Jerome Gagner, Senior Developer at Name Intelligence. "Previously,
a registrant's name would be safe from someone taking it away
from them, because a transfer simply could not happen without
their explicit approval. The new policy makes transfers require
that the current registrant explicitly decline the request.
If the current registrant fails to decline the transfer, the
transfer will go through. "
"Whois Source has always maintained free tools to aid
domain managers in their efforts as a public service to the
internet community. We encourage people who use the site to
contribute via upgrade to the paid subscription model, as
it allows our organization to improve the services we offer
– clearly this costs us money to operate, yet I am passionate
about having useful resources available at no cost, and I
am also passionate about not hounding the free member base
to upgrade." adds Westerdal.
To use this free service, visit the Whois
Source, at http://www.whois-source.com
and set up a free account. Once signed up, log in, and click
the "My Monitoring List" section of the Main Control
Panel, and start adding domains through the simple interface.
About Name Intelligence.
Name Intelligence is a privately held corporation with headquarters
in Seattle. Founded in 1999, Name Intelligence provides tools
and utilities that help extend domain organizations of any
size from world leading registrars to corporate IT lawyers
and individual domain name holders any size. Whois Source,
http://www.whois-source.com is the #1 domain name whois search
engine, and is now being licensed by some of the fastest growing
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