Greater security for online services rolled out

21st October 2014

Following a successful pilot, two-factor authentication access is now available for registrars via Nominet’s online services.

Two-factor authentication is a two-step verification process and provides an extra layer of security to users accessing online systems. It improves account security as an intruder would have to gain access to the device where it is installed, as well as knowing the password. This reduces the risk of DNS hijacking or confidential information being compromised.

Two-factor authentication is optional for registrars and is offered at no additional cost. It uses the Google Authenticator apps and plug-ins, which are freely available on all major platforms.

It was tested in a pilot with a small number of registrars in September to ensure it meets registrar needs and strikes the right balance between security and convenience of use. The service is being made available to registrars as part of a phased roll out and it will be extended to registrants in 2015.

This new service complements the existing Domain Lock service which is aimed at individual domains requiring a high level of protection. It is part of a suite of initiatives in our work to extend our existing products and services and enhance the security of, and trust in, UK domains.

For more information, please see Registrar Resources.