General Domain Information

Protecting Your .IN Domains

The .IN Registry has prepared the below advisory for .IN domain owners to assist them with protecting their domain name.

After you register your .IN domain name and build your online presence, it’s important for you to understand how to protect your .IN domain name.

Your .IN domain name also has value-both in monetary terms and in terms of the message you send by having a .IN identity. Chances are you wouldn’t give away your domain name to a group or an individual who promotes products and services that are counter to your mission, nor are you likely to sell your .IN domain name to businesses that sell products or services you deem inappropriate. That’s why .IN Registry, wants to help make sure your .IN domain name doesn’t inadvertently fall into the wrong hands.

Registering recently expired domains has resulted in a number of cases where expired domain names are registered and utilized in a fashion that is counter to the mission and intention of the original owner.

Every day, many .IN domain names become available because domain holders, also known as registrants, allowed them to expire or were unaware that the domain names were up for renewal. And every day, those same .IN domain names become vulnerable to companies and individuals who can exploit them for economic gain, without regard for their actual use or meaning. The process of obtaining expired domain names has become sophisticated, automated, and increasingly popular. And the consequences to the original .IN domain holders can be serious.

We believe the best way to protect your .IN domain name is to take proactive and preventive measures.

See these Simple Steps to protect your .IN domain name today:

Verify Registration of Your .IN Domain Name

Whether you registered your .IN yourself or whether someone else in your organization was responsible for registering it, it’s essential that you verify that you or an authorized representative of your organization has been named as the registrant. A simple visit to the WHOIS is a good first step. There you can view the name of the registrant, administrative contact, and technical contact for your .IN domain(s). You can also find the name of the registrar through which your .IN domain was registered.

Verify and Update and Administrative Contact Information Regularly

Consider making it organizational policy to regularly verify and update .IN domain name information. If it’s your responsibility to keep the information updated, put it on your calendar for verification twice a year. If instead it’s the responsibility of a staff member, instruct the staff member to schedule the task for twice a year. In fact, having two staff members responsible for checking domain information is even better. Any information pertaining to your .IN domain that needs changing can be updated by contacting and working with your registrar.

Check that Email Contact Information is Valid

Registrars are the organizations that provide registration services for the public, and the most common way they notify .IN registrants of domain name renewal is by e-mail. If you can’t be reached by email, it’s possible your domain name will expire without your knowledge. Therefore, it’s essential that the email addresses on file with your registrar be current. You can see whose e-mail address is on file when reviewing your .IN domain name WHOIS information in the .in domains WHOIS And you can update your e-mail contact information by contacting and working with your registrar.

Register Your .IN Domains for Maximum Period of Time

The maximum registration period for a .IN domain name is 10 years. Consider registering your .IN domain name for the maximum period of time at initial registration or even at the time of renewal.

Ask your registrar to place Client Update, Client Transfer prohibited statuses on Your Domain Name so it can only be updated and transferred when you intend to do so

Client Update and Client Transfer Prohibited domain statuses means that your domain name is “locked” and it can’t be transferred or updated until the said statuses are removed.

What is the Redemption Hold Period (RHP)?

If a registrar deletes a .in domain name and does not request that the .in domain name be restored during the 30-day RGP, it enters RHP. RHP lasts for five days, and during this time .in domain name is locked and unable to be restored. After five days, it becomes available for re-registration. Once the .in domain name enters RHP, the prior registrant cannot request a restore. When a .in domain name is in RHP, its status is listed as PENDING DELETE SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE and HOLD.

How do I know if a domain name is in RHP?

If a domain name is in RHP, the “Status” field in the WHOIS will show the domain name as “PENDING DELETE SCHEDULED FOR RELEASE HOLD”.

My domain name is in RHP. Why can’t I restore it?

Once the 30-day RGP for a domain name has passed, it cannot be restored. RHP serves as a notice period for registrars regarding the pending availability of the domain name.

How do I know if a domain name is in RGP?

If a domain name is in RGP, the “Status” field in the WHOIS will show the domain name as “PENDING DELETE RESTORABLE and HOLD.” All Internet services associated with the domain name will remain disabled.

What is the Redemption Grace Period (RGP)?

RGP is a service that allows the registrar to restore .IN domain names that has been unintentionally deleted. RGP is a 30-day period that begins after a registrar requests that the registry delete a domain name. When a .in domain name is in RGP, its status is listed as PENDING DELETE RESTORABLE and HOLD. When .in domains enters RGP, it is removed from the .IN zone file. As a result, any Internet services served by the domain name will be disabled (e.g., e-mail or a web site). The registrant must act IMMEDIATELY if he or she wants to restore the domain name via the sponsoring Domain Registrar. After the 30-day RGP, the domain name enters the Redemption Hold Period (RHP).

Will my domain name still work if it is in RGP? How about email?

No. Once a domain name is placed in RGP, no Internet services for that domain name will work, including email.

My domain name has been placed in RGP. How do I redeem it?

If your domain name has been placed in RGP, it is because your registrar requested to delete it. If you wish to redeem the domain name, YOU MUST CONTACT INDOMAINS IMMEDIATELY.

The sponsoring registrar for the domain name (as indicated in the WHOIS) is the ONLY registrar that can restore it. .IN Registry cannot directly restore your domain name – it can act only on explicit instructions from the sponsoring registrar. Please note that your registrar may charge a fee for restoring the domain name.

Why is INdomains.net charging me to redeem my domain name?

.IN Registry does not determine the fees that registrars charge their customers. However, the registrar incurs extra costs each time it invokes the RGP process. Registrars may charge a fee to restore a domain name through RGP at their discretion. You should contact INdomains to inquire about the fee being charged.

Will I be charged a renewal fee in addition to the RGP fee itself?

If the domain name has expired before it is deleted and enters RGP and then it is restored, the registrar’s (INdomains.net) account is debited for the RGP fee and the one-year renewal fee. If the .in domain name has NOT expired prior to deletion and entering RGP and then it is restored, the registrar’s (INdomains.net) account is debited the RGP fee, but the renewal fee is charged only if a renew is requested explicitly or the .in domain was deleted within the 45-day Auto-Renew Grace Period. When at all commercially reasonable, the .IN domain name will be reinstated. It is up to each registrar whether to charge the registrant for the renewal fee in addition to an RGP fee.

Why does my domain have a inactive status?

This status is placed upon any domain that does not have at least two nameservers associated with it. The inactive status means that the domain will not be included in the zone file, and will not be usable on the Internet. Once you add two nameservers through your clientarea, the “inactive” status will automatically be taken off and the domain will propagate correctly.