Want to Register a Domain Name? Easy Consumer Advice
Dave Piscitello, senior security technologist at ICANN, and Kieren McCarthy, ICANN's public participation general manager, wrote a guide to help consumers understand how to register a domain name, published for the first time here on the WebWatch blog. There are a number of points to consider, and this top ten list helps guide you through the process, without all the techspeak. Number one on the list: Is the company you are buying it from accredited by ICANN? Though there's some controversy about how ICANN has administered contracts with registrars in the past, some protection is better than none. (There's a list of accredited registrars here.)
Number two: Is the site secure? Read about how to figure that out, along with the rest of our top ten.
Some full disclosures:
I'm on the at-large advisory committee of ICANN, and one of the things I have agreed to do is help work toward more transparency and consumer rights among the registrar community.
No money changed hands; Dave and Kieren are both on ICANN's staff and wrote this on staff time. One of the things WebWatch has committed to in its involvement with ICANN is to try to make more information about the organization available to consumers with as little techspeak, legalese and baloney as possible. Please let us know what you think of one of our first efforts.