New registrar transfer rules - Important
There has been some confusion regarding the New ICANN transfer
registrar policy, which was first relased on October 18, and which
will be officially implemented by the registrar community
on November 12, 2004.
Under the new transfer policy, Registrants will have greater
freedom to transfer their domains to any ICANN-accredited registrar
of their choice. However, please be aware that a physical process
which involves certified identification (via any law firms) in
addition to the standard electronically approval is now accepted
for initiating a transfer. This means it is possible that the
administrative contacts will no longer receive any email
notification before a transfer is initiated. In addition, the new
policy prohibits Registrars from denying outgoing transfers on the
basis of a registrant's alleged failure to "double-confirm" the
transfer. This process is commonly referred to as "Auto-knacking."
Brief summary and conclusion
From this point onward, if there is no acknowledgement from the
registrant or administrative contact within 5 days of a transfer
request being made, the transfer will automatically occur. While
this new policy will make it easier to transfer names between
registrars, this can also make your domain name susceptible to
fraudulent domain transfers if precautions are not taken. We are
therefore strongly recommending all customers protect their domain
names by using our domain locking service. By using this service,
you would need to physically unlock the name before a transfer would
be allowed ensuring the highest levels of security (note: this does
not apply to transfers initiated through law firms or other
methods by paperwork). You can enable the locking service by
emailing our support team.
Notes to direct customers
If you are our direct customer we will from now on have your
domain name protected and you will need to unlock it manually before
you can transfer it to another registrar.
Please contact us if you have any further
questions regarding the new ICANN transfer regulations.
"First spammers. Now slammers? Registrar says new ICANN rules makes domains easier to hijack ...". Read more from blogs.zdnet.com
"Netsol locks domains but others say concerns are overblown"
More from Netcraft News
"ICANN Domain Name Transfer Policy Becomes Effective"
- 12 November 2004
"ICANN Approves Dispute Resolution Providers for Transfer Dispute Resolution Policy" - 8 November 2004