One of my own websites just got knocked offline by that new ICANN Whois Accuracy Program we told you about a few weeks ago. Recall that it’s a new policy which requires you to explicitly verify your contact info if you modify your whois record.
Also, I forgot to mention this, if your email address in your whois record ever bounces (like from a WDRP notice), it also triggers the Whois Verification process.
So if you have a stale email address sitting in a contact record somewhere, it will eventually, probably cause you to go offline because the next time your registrar emails it and it bounces, it will trigger the verification process, which will also bounce. As I just found out with one of my own domains.
But it’s all good, because I’ve fixed my email address and verified my contact info so now the Forces for Good in the world know, definitively and absolutely that the identity behind my domain’s contact details are true and correct.
And, I can resume receiving spam, phishing attacks and malware at my now updated email address.
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