Is another company trying to register your domain?

Graham Cluley
@gcluley

Have you received an email about an “urgent registration notice” for your company, claiming that someone else is about to grab your domain name unless you take action?

It seems spams about the need for your firm to register alternative domain names on the web are becoming more and more common.

Just the other day, Antony in our international sales team forwarded me the following email which he had received out of the blue:

The email claims that another company is attempting to register an alternative version of the domain name that your firm uses. For instance, if I were the recipient, the email may say that XYZ Corporation is attempting to register sophos.com.hk.

“Crumbs!” you might exclaim, “Thank heavens this kind hearted domain registration company warned me of this risk. I must purchase the domain myself as soon as possible to prevent any shenanigans.”

But think twice. You’ll notice that the out-of-the-blue email has warned you that time is limited, and they need you to…

Read more in my article on the Naked Security website.

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Graham Cluley is a veteran of the anti-virus industry having worked for a number of security companies since the early 1990s when he wrote the first ever version of Dr Solomon's Anti-Virus Toolkit for Windows. Now an independent security analyst, he regularly makes media appearances and is an international public speaker on the topic of computer security, hackers, and online privacy. Follow him on Twitter at @gcluley, or drop him an email.

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