Apparently GoDaddy is sending out email to their domain name registration customers this week (I haven’t received mine yet) warning them of a change in ICANN’s domain transfer policy, effective this Friday, November 12. ICANN-accredited registrars will have to honor domain transfer requests EVEN IF THEY HAVE RECEIVED NO EXPLICIT CONFIRMATION FROM THE CUSTOMER OF INTENT TO TRANSFER. The GoDaddy letter says that they will try to notify a customer of a domain transfer request in order to get confirmation, but if the customer doesn’t respond within five days, GoDaddy will now be required by the new policy to honor the transfer request.
For the fine print (which, to be honest, I have not read), see:
One obvious implication of this is the increased danger of domain hijacking. GoDaddy is apprising its customers that they can lock their domains to prevent unauthorized transfers. I was looking through DreamHost’s Web Admin Panel to see if there was a similar locking option for domain names registered with DreamHost. I couldn’t find one. Is there such an option that I might have missed? If there isn’t a locking option, can DreamHost add one?
Edited for typo.