Nominet’s new Domain Lock option offers enhanced security for .UK domains

25th March 2014

Nominet is now offering registrars the option of locking high-value .uk domains at the registry level, adding an additional level of security against Domain Name System (DNS) hijacking.

The Domain Lock tool inserts additional, manual authentication requirements into the processes for modifying domain names. The tool is targeted at high-traffic websites with substantial brand protection and security interests but can be applied to any .uk domain.

DNS hijacking occurs when an attacker gains unauthorised access to the DNS system and modifies registration data for malicious purposes – for example, by redirecting traffic to a different website that could display objectionable material or be used for phishing.

DNS attacks are rare, but on the increase. They have the potential to disrupt business and damage consumer confidence. Nominet is focused on offering increased security in the management and registration of domain names, and helping companies to protect their brands online.

.uk website owners interested in Domain Lock should contact their registrar. More information about the Domain Lock tool is available on Nominet’s Registrar Resources site.