5 Ways to Avoid Getting Spammed When You Buy a New Domain
If you have ever registered for a new domain name, you’ve probably found yourself amazed at how quickly the spammers and scammers found your new website. Even if you use a first class hosting service like Localnode, you may still spend some time figuring out how to protect your new site.
The good news is that there are some very simple things you can do to protect your site and avoid being inundated with spam. Here they are.
#1: Choose a Reliable First Class Hosting Provider
The first thing you must do is choose a first class hosting provider, a company with a stellar reputation that won’t sell your domain name to spammers. The provider you choose should guarantee your privacy, as well as providing a high percentage of uptime and affordable pricing.
It’s a simple first step, but one that many business owners overlook – particularly if they’re concerned with pinching pennies. Hosting is one area where opting for the lowest price may not be the best option, particularly when it comes to the security of your new domain. First class hosting is your best choice.
#2: Register for Domain Privacy
The next thing you should do is register for domain privacy through your first class hosting provider. Every new domain that’s registered is listed on WHOIS, an online directory where web users can find out about new domains.
Registering for domain privacy won’t remove your new domain name from WHOIS. That option is available only to a few private, non-commercial websites. However, it will block some of the more sensitive information about your domain name from spammers, including:
- Your name
- Your address
- Your telephone number
- Your email address
In other words, basic information about your domain name will be available but limited to general information. You should expect to pay a small fee for domain privacy, but for many business owners, the fee is worth paying to minimise spam and keep your domain secure.
#3: Install a Spam Filter
The second way you can minimize the amount of spam you get is to activate a junk mail filter or spam filter on your email account. These filters work by looking for common spam words, phrases, and tactics, and redirecting spam email to a folder separate from your inbox.
The one potential downside of using a spam filter is that it may sometimes happen that a legitimate email from a client or contact winds up in the spam folder instead of in your inbox. The solution is to take a few minutes daily to scan through the email in your spam folder to ensure that there’s nothing important there.
#4: Install Security Software
You probably installed anti-virus and anti-malware software on your computer as soon as you bought it. You should approach the security of your website with the same mindset. Bad actors will exploit any opening they see in your domain security and use it to install malicious code that can impede the performance of your website and compromise your data.
The key is to install software and plugins that will address any potential entryways to your domain. Also, make sure to install any updates as soon as they become available. Your first class hosting provider may have recommended software or plugins, and they may also provide some security in the cost of hosting.
#5: Use Common Sense
While some of the things you can do to secure your domain and website involve software and maintenance, others are mostly about using common sense to avoid spam and malware.
The first common-sense solution is to think before opening an email from an address you don’t recognise and before clicking on any link within an email. It’s common for phishing scams to use links that appear to lead to a legitimate website but actually go to a spoofed site that will collect your private information.
One of the best ways to avoid being caught in a phishing scam is to hold your mouse over the link and look at the bottom, left-hand corner of your screen. There, you’ll see the full URL that the link will take you to. If it doesn’t match your expectations based on the contents of the email, don’t click the link.
You can spot phishing scams by looking for obvious misspellings and domain names that are almost – but not quite – right. Once you spot a scam, mark the email as spam and, if possible, add the sender to your blocked list.
Another common-sense solution that can protect you is setting up a regular system of back-ups. For many business owners, that means creating a physical back-up on a thumb drive and also backing up in the cloud.
Depending on the first class hosting provider you choose, you may have access to automatic security options and back-ups. It’s a good idea to ask about security before you choose a provider.
Protecting your new domain name from spam and malware is a must. These five steps can help you do it without requiring you to spend a fortune.
Localnode offers domain registrations with private registration (protecting your information on WHOIS) as part of our first class hosting service. Click here for more information. We also offer SpamExperts spam protection, and you can learn more about that here.