Internet Security

Do You Own Your Website?

whoisBe sure your office web site domain names are registered to you or your business. Sometimes web site providers will register the names to themselves. This is convenient for them but bad for the dentist. If the web provider owns the domain they have control. This can result in problems if you ever want to change web providers or even worse if the provider you are using goes out of business.

In order to check to see if you own your existing name there is a service called whois that will tell you who owns every registered Internet domain name. You can find whois at the bottom of the Go Daddy home page.

Type in the name you want to check followed by a captcha to prove you are human and you will see who owns the name. If you thought you owned it but find your web company is the registered owner, ask them politely to transfer the registration to you.

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