Can I transfer my domain name to another registrant?

According to Domain Management Policy, Domain ownership transfers are allowed. In this case the registrant of the domain name simply requests this transfer from their registrar.

What is "domain name hijacking"?

.Domain hijacking refers to the wrongful taking of control of a domain name from the rightful name holder. It can have a lasting and material impact on a registrant.

The registrant may lose an established online identity and be exposed to extortion by name speculators. Domain hijacking can disrupt or severely impact the business and operations of a registrant.. The above definition appears in a report .Domain Name Hijacking: Incidents, threats, risks, and remedial actions., published recently by the Internet.s Regulating body . ICANN. Examples of .domain hijacking. are: unauthorized modification of a registrant.s information (for example DNS) and unauthorized transfer of a domain registration. Domain hijacking often affects more parties than the rightful name holder: customers, business partners, consumer of services provided by the name holder and even parties wholly unrelated to the name holder are often .collateral damage. to hijacking incidents.

Why does domain hijacking happen and what can be done about it?

As stated in the ICANN Domain Name Hijacking Report, domain name hijacking incidents are commonly the result of flaws in registration and related processes, failure to comply with the transfer policy, and poor administration of domain names by registrars, resellers and registrants. While many recommendations contained in this report were implemented in .aero since its inception and we are not aware of any hijacking in the .aero domain, the risk of hijacking always remains and there are steps each registrant can take to minimise the risk.

What safety steps can you take to protect your domain names from hijacking?

1. Choose your registrar well . choosing the right registrar may be the most important factor in getting the service you require. While all registrars are bound by the same basic rules, the level of service, availability of customer support, opening hours, and pricing differ. You should always consider all your needs, including those concerning the security of your name when choosing your Registrar;


2. Keep your domain name registration records always accurate and current and your secret registrant account information, such as user ID and password, private and secure;


3. Enquire from your registrar if they can provide you with 24x7 emergency contact information and make sure you keep it up-to-date and accurate;


4. Ask your Registrar to provide you with your AuthInfo . each registered domain name in the system is associated with a unique secret string, called .AuthInfo.. Without having this information, you will not for example be able to transfer domain name from one registrar to another; Consider asking your registrar to .lock. your domain - any .aero domain can have one or several status flags. You have the option to request from your Registrar the usage of .aero transfer-prohibited, lock and hold flags Associated with your name. The status flags available to registrars are as follows:

- transfer-prohibited (if set, transfers of the domain to another registrar are automatically rejected)

- lock (if set, no modification or deletion of the domain is allowed)

- hold (if set, the domain is not published in the zone)

The above flags can be combined. For instance, a domain can have the status "transfer-prohibited, lock". This means that the domain cannot be modified, deleted, nor transferred, however, it does not include transfer-prohibited. To prevent a transfer of your domain between registrars, transfer-prohibited flag should be set explicitly;


5. Routinely check the Who-is service link and domain name information to ensure the status of your domain name and that no unauthorized changes have been made to your contact information. You can do this simply by typing your .aero domain name in the Check Names box on this web site;

If you have spotted any unauthorized change or modification of your domain, make sure you notify with no delay your registrar.