Don’t let go of old domain names

There are times when it is necessary to acquire a new domain name. It is a common, but dangerous, practice to allow old domain names to expire. This is especially true for industries where people readily email sensitive information. Here is why:

Email is a key communication method for most businesses. Email addresses are tied to your domain name, like johndoe@YOURDOMAIN.com. Cyber criminals are on the lookout for recently expired domains. They will then re-register the domains. That’s it. With no extra work, your clients will email that old domain’s email address and unknowingly provide hackers with information.

By letting that old domain name expire, you could be giving cyber criminals access to mailing lists, sensitive data, and more. In theory, they could set up a website that looks just like an online store and sell products that don’t exist. They can dupe your customers into submitting payment for fake products that never ship. Not only will this annoy your customers, it will damage your credibility.

Because domain names are relatively inexpensive, we recommend hanging onto them. Have the old domain redirect to your new website. This will protect both you and your customers. If you need help purchasing a new domain or setting up a redirect from an old domain to a new one, feel free to contact us by filling out the form below. A CourseVector technician will be happy to help.

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