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    Locking a domain?
    What does it mean when a domain is "locked"? I've seen mention of it here on ABW, and I'm wondering if it's something I should be doing/trying to arrange with my domain.

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    Locking a domain is a good idea, that way no one can abscond with a transferral
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    Quote Originally Posted by Gingerbread
    What does it mean when a domain is "locked"? I've seen mention of it here on ABW, and I'm wondering if it's something I should be doing/trying to arrange with my domain.

    Thanks!
    IN your domain account under Manage Domains
    click the domain you want make changes to.
    There should be a place to lock your name or Registrar Lock.
    Just click the radio button next to LOCK
    then the click submit, or save changes button.
    (not sure what registar you use but the above is general enough for most)

    I keep all domains locked.

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    Gingerbread,

    you must keep all your domains locked. It is a free domain security feature and should minimise the risk of any unauthorised domain transfers.
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    Thanks everyone. But I'm still not clear on why someone would be able to transfer my domain, which I registered/"own" (right?) to their name in the first place. If I didn't lock my domains, would I someday log in to my web host control panel and see that the domains were no longer there or mine?

    As you can tell, I'm a little naive about this. Hehe.

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    ...domain transfer requests will be automatically approved in five days unless they are explicitly denied by the account owner. This is a change from current procedure, in which a domainís ownership and nameservers remain unchanged if there is no response to a transfer request. This could mean trouble for domain owners who donít closely manage their records.
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    Wow - who would've thought. I've locked all my domains so as to avoid this sort of thing happening.

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    They still have to notify the current owner... even if a request to transfer a domain name comes through.. most registrars will not transfer a domain unless it has been approved by the current owner..

    I have transfered domains before and it is a pain in the butt...
    Even with ME the OWNER requesting the transfer it still took forever and I got several e-mails from the registrar before it actually happened..

    Locking your domains is NOT necessary but IS SUGGESTED..
    My domains are all locked...

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