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On Security at Gandi.net: Part II

Protect your Gandi account with these security tips.

In Part I of this post, we described some of the ways we help keep your domains secure. But it's not just up to us; security is a joint effort between us and you, and there are many things you can do to minimize risk.

So, what can you do to protect your Gandi account?

Use your real name.

It is super important that the whois data be fully accurate and verifiable.

As much as we support your right to privacy on the internet, domain names are one area where it's really important to use your legal name. ICANN rules and relevant law is more or less clear on this: the registrant name = the domain owner.

Using a pseudonyms or your initials as the registrant name might sound like a good way to hide your identity and thus protect your privacy and the security of your account, but it actually increases your risk. Using fake registrant information will come back to bite you if you ever have to prove you are who you say you are. Your account, domains, email, and hosting can end up orphaned, and there will be very little you can do, short of changing your legal name to Anon McLeet.

It's also a violation of our terms of service (pdf, see sections 4.1 and 12.2.1), by the way.

On a related note, be sure to keep your contact information up to date!

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