.UK domains can now get added protection against nameserver and domain hijacking.
.UK registry Nominet is now offering its own version of a registry lock service, dubbed “Domain Lock.”
Similar to Verisign’s Registry Lock service for .com domain names, Domain Lock requires manual intervention and authentication in order to change key details about a domain name. This authentication should prevent the type of attack that took down the New York Times website last year.
While targeted to high traffic websites, the service is available to any domain that ends in .uk.
Nominet charges registrars £6.25 per month for the service. That’s in line with the $10 Verisign charges for registry lock for .com domain names.
Retail customers should expect to pay much more. This type of service places extra demands on the registrar that can’t be automated easily. Given the setup and potential ongoing costs, I would expect registrants to pay registrars five to ten times Nominet’s fee.