Domain Renewal Safety:
Lately, there has been a big uptick in emails announcing that the recipient’s domain or hosting is going to expire in short term. Given the important nature of having an active domain is to a business owner, the thought of it expiring or dropping off of Google search results can be a worrisome read first thing in the morning. While some messages are legitimate, others use social engineering just prey upon the recipient to do a knee-jerk reaction into clicking on their message link. Over the years, we have seen thousands of these attempts and they are getting harder and harder to discern from the legitimate ones.
How do I know which ones are legitimate?
- Email Design
Is the email from the organization that you registered your domain or service with? If you asked us to register your domain, it will come from either us or gkg.net. Beware of senders that appear very similar.
Registrars generally have a schedule for when they send notifications. Below are a few common registrars and their respective schedules:
|Common Registrar Renewal Notification Schedules:|
|4 renewal notifications:
60, 30, 7 days previous and day of expiration.
|6 renewal notifications:
90, 60, 30, 15, 10, 5 days previous and day of expiration.
|Average of 6 renewal notifications:
90, 60, 30, 14, 7 days previous and day of expiration.
|Whois verification Once per year.||Whois verification: Varies.||Whois verification: 1-2 per year.|