How can I protect my domain name?

Mike from Reno, NV

Episode 1486 (1:42:54)

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Mike is frustrated with two domain registry companies that claimed they owned his domain when he cancelled their service. Leo says that's nonsense. They don't own it, he does. But as soon as he stops paying for the registration, the domain goes back into the pool for anyone else to buy. The worst part is that domain registrars will often register a name based on search activity. Leo recommends Google and Hover for domains. They don't want a bad reputation for shenanigans like that. He can trust them.

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