Domain Verification Email and Why You Should Not Ignore
Domain Verification is an essential step to ensure that the domain you added is valid, not expired and the user who added the domain has the required privileges to access DNS and decide about the email service for the domain. It is a mandatory step to ensure that the domain is not a spoofed domain and to prevent any loss of service due to the misuse of domain names. A domain is an online address for your business; for example, yourbusiness.com.
Verifying your domain prevents unauthorised use of your domain for online services or sending email that appears to come from your business. Domain Verification provides a way for you to claim ownership of your domain. This ownership allows you to control editing privileges of your links and other content to prevent misuse of your domain and to keep bad actors from spreading misinformation.
The need to verify your domain
Recently, The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN – the international body governing domain names) instituted some very important new rules. These rules affect generic top-level domains (gTLDs), including .com, .net, .mobi, .org, .biz, .info, and .name. This email is sent when any one of the actions below occurs:
– You update your domain name account details (such as first name, last name, and/or email address of the admin, technical, billing or registrant’s contact information).
– You register/transfer a domain and change the contact information for the domain.
– When a WHOIS Data Reminder Policy email gets bounced due to an inactive email address.
– When an Expired Registration Recovery Policy email gets bounced due to an inactive email address.
The ICANN is the organisation responsible for setting the various policies and procedures that govern domain registries for generic top-level domain (gTLD) names. We are bound to them through our Registrar Accreditation Agreement (RAA), the contract which allows us to be a registrar and sell domains.
Click on the verification link to prevent domain suspension
Domain Verification Email Sample:
Clicking the verification link will open a webpage that displays the email address, first and last name that was used to register the domain. The validation email message also includes a link to the domain registration terms and conditions and a checkbox that you must click to indicate that you agree to those terms and conditions. Every year, millions of individuals, businesses, organisations and governments register domain names.
Each one must provide identifying and contact information which may include: name, address, email, phone number, and administrative and technical contacts. This information is often referred to as “WHOIS data.” But the WHOIS service is not a single, centrally-operated database. Instead, the data is managed by independent entities known as “registrars” and “registries.” Any entity that wants to become a registrar must earn ICANN accreditation. Domain name registrants play a key role in ensuring the accuracy of WHOIS. As a domain name registrant, you are required to provide accurate WHOIS contact data, and maintain its accuracy throughout the term of your registration period.
If you are unsure what information is currently held on your WHOIS data you can check by going to WHOIS website and searching for your domain. Not all WHOIS information is the same but you are looking for the Registrant Contact Email. This is the email address that the verification email will be sent to.
If your website has already been suspended then you will need to start the verification process by clicking the link in the email you received from ICANN. It is critical that you do ensure that your domain name is associated with a valid email address, which is different to your domain name. If you are keen to register a domain, start by searching for the availability of the domain. If you require any assistance, contact IT Solution.