February 13, 2024

“Preserving Your Business Starts with Safeguarding Your Domain Name,” Crowdfund Insider

In an article published on January 31, 2024, Harness IP Associate April Minarik discusses the ins-and-outs of domain names. She specifically outlines how they can be used against business owners or managers and what you can do to prevent this from happening.

“What you may not appreciate is that cybersquatters owning domain names that are similar to your webpage can pose significant problems for your business,” Minarik writes. “They might use these domain names in ways that disrupt or interfere with your operations, creating issues for your customers and clients, which may negatively impact your business reputation.”

Minarik’s advice on being proactive with domain names includes registering your domain name before it’s not in your business’ possession. She discusses the dispute resolutions this can avoid and how this step is priceless. Minarik dives deeper to discuss what to look for when monitoring domain names as well.

Minarik urges, “Proactive measures are critical, and waiting for an issue to arise is not advisable. Consistently monitor registered domain names for both core and secondary brands, including geographic variations.”

The full article may be accessed here.



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