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Registry Lock Services

Registry Lock Services

Server-level protection for your domain names and hosts

What is Registry Lock?

The Blacknight Registry Lock Service allows domain holders to request server-level protection for their domain names and / or hosts. Registry Lock sets specific status codes on domain names and / or hosts, to prevent malicious or inadvertent modifications, deletions and transfers. It’s like locking your doors and windows before going to bed at night. Your domain is one of the most valuable business assets you own – protect it from fraud with Registry Lock with Blacknight.

What TLDs are available with Blacknight Registry Lock?

  • .IE
  • .COM
  • .NET
  • .TV
  • .CC
  • .EU
  • .CO.UK
  • .UK
  • .FR
  • .NL
  • .BE

How Much Does Registry Lock Cost?

The cost varies based on the domain name extension. Prices start at €99 per year, per domain but depend on the domain extension.

How do I request the Registry Lock Service?

You need to contact a member of the Blacknight sales team sales@blacknight.com or calling us on +353 (0)59 9183072. The process requires written and verbal authorisation.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How is Registry Lock Different from Domain Locking?

    Registry Locking is a procedure that requires communication and authorisation to set up and make changes to. Usually, companies that offer domain locking have a self-service method that is inherently insecure – anyone who gets access to your account can turn the locking off. With Registry Lock, this cannot happen.

  • What Does Domain Registry Locking Prevent?

    Registry/Domain lock prevents DNS hijacking, unauthorised transfers, deletions, contact info changes, or any major change to the registration of an internet top-level domain.

    Here’s a full list of what Registry Lock Does:

    • Domain Holder changes
    • Billing Contact changes
    • Administrative Contact changes
    • Technical Contact changes
    • Modifications to the domain registration by our staff
    • DNS Record (Name Servers) changes
    • Voluntary deletion of the domain
  • What Domains Extensions Can Be Locked?

    Registry lock can be used on the following domains top-level domains:

    • .IE
    • .COM
    • .NET
    • .TV
    • .CC
    • .EU
    • .CO.UK
    • .UK
    • .FR
    • .NL
    • .BE
  • Can I Set It Up For Myself?

    No, setting up registry lock is a multi-step process that puts in place written and verbal safeguards between you and Blacknight to prevent any unauthorised domain changes. While it can be a bit of a complicated process to set up, we will guide you through the whole process and make it as smooth as possible.

  • How long does it take to enable registry lock?

    Once the process is initiated and all the procedures are followed, we can have your domain locked within a few hours (some domains might require a couple of days to work with the registrar).

  • How do you tell if a domain is locked?

    You’ll be able to see this in your Blacknight Control Panel. Anyone else can see if they look up the WHOIS records for your domain name – it will say things like ‘CLIENT TRANSFER PROHIBITED’ etc.

  • Do Other Registrars Offer This For Free?

    No. Some registrars offer domain locking that is self-service but can easily be circumvented by bad actors. Registry Lock is much more secure because we must actually talk to you to make any changes. The registries charge for this and it’s a resource-intensive service.

  • Does Registry lock protect my website?

    Registry lock provides domain level protection. To ensure your website remains safe, you will have to make sure your website is completely secure and all software updates are current (we recommend using two-factor authentication on all logins related to your website).

  • How do I make changes to a registry locked domain?

    Because the domain is locked at every level, you will have to contact a member of the Blacknight sales team and follow the unlocking procedures to make any changes to your domain. You will have to provide the correct security phrase to initiate any changes.

  • What is the Registry Lock Procedure?

    The following steps need to be followed when requesting Registry Lock Services:

    Blacknight will provide the account holder with a form to complete and return to us. The form will require the following details:

    • The named Blacknight account holder will nominate a minimum of 2 authorised personnel from their company.
    • The named individuals will then call a designated Blacknight contact person and provide a security phrase that will be specific to them.

    To enable Request Registry Lock Services on a domain/host, one of the authorised contacts must email the request, accompanied by the relevant order form.

    Thereafter the person who initiated the request must contact Blacknight and confirm their security phrase as well as the contents of the request. Blacknight will then place the domain(s) / host(s) under the Registry Lock Service and confirm this via email to the authorized person who initiated the request.

    Note: Once a domain name or host is locked, any changes to that domain/host must be made through the same secure authentication process.

  • How Much Does Registry Lock Cost?

    The cost varies based on the top-level domain and the registry where it is located. Pricing starts at €99 per year, per domain but depends on the domain. Contact sales@blacknight.com for a full quote on doing this for you.