ZACR offers Registry Lock, says manual changes less prone to manipulation than automated systems

Wednesday 16 September 2020 | 11:08 CET | News

The ZA Central Registry (ZACR) said that it now offers a Registry Lock security feature for the EPP-based domain names under its management. This helps to prevent domain name hijacking or unauthorised transfer. ZACR CEO Lucky Masilela says Registry Lock can be activated for the co.za, net.za, org.za, web.za extensions as well as the four gTLDs of .africa, .capetown, .durban and .joburg.

The process requires EPP-accredited registrars to provide the registry with a passphrase via a telephonic validation process to enable changes, such as updates, transfers and deletions to be processed for a selected domain name. ZACR said this manual intervention has the benefit of not being easily manipulated like fully automated systems. 

Registry Lock incurs an additional cost to the normal domain name registration fee that users would pay, but ZACR said the value of this type of protection is immeasurable when compared to the reputational and revenue losses that a domain name holder may suffer as a result of their domain name being hijacked. ZACR acknowledged that in the past, concerns were raised around the lack of adequate security measures related to the .ZA domain name system.

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Categories: Internet
Countries: South Africa
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