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More security for ‘.sg’ domain names

Launched by the Singapore Network Information Centre on Tuesday (May 3), this feature protects domain names from being hijacked to redirect to an attacker’s website or email system.

SINGAPORE: All “.sg” domain names are getting an additional layer of security, under a new RegistryLock feature launched by the Singapore Network Information Centre (SGNIC) on Tuesday (May 3).

RegistryLock is a free security feature aimed at helping “.sg” registrants mitigate the risk of “domain name hijacking”, said SGNIC. This happens when Domain Name System (DNS) nameserver information is changed without authorisation, and if a domain name is hijacked, hackers can redirect the website and emails to computers of his or her choice.

To protect “.sg” registrants, the feature requires the domain name’s administrative contact to unlock the domain name on the RegistryLock portal before the DNS nameserver information can be changed by the registrar. This increases the level of security for the domain name, said the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore in a press release.

To enable or deactivate RegistryLock, the administrative contact has to login to the VerifiedID@SG and RegistryLock portal using their SingPass ID or an ID from SGNIC.

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