Domain Registry of America Letter in the Mail
Read this before you respond to any letter from Domain Registry of America (DROA). I have received many letters over the years from this company. While the company seems somewhat legit, their practices of scaring the recipient are not very trustworthy. The letter keys in on domain renewal date and tries to convince you to renew your domain with them. There are a lot of registrars on the web that handle domain registration including this site.
Domains from WA
If you have registered a domain from WA or another registrar like godaddy or namecheap, you should simply throw those letters from DROA away. In most cases the cost to registrar a domain with them or transfer to them is much higher than it is on this site. As of this post, the costs for new domains and transfers was $45/year. I personally recommend staying away from that company.
Educate your Fellow Colleagues
If you will be heading back to an office environment ( once the COVID-19 things ends), make sure anyone that may be involved with domains or websites for the company is aware of these letters from DROA. I once had a client pay Domain Registry of America for the renewal. As soon as the money cleared, the emails and phone calls ramped up to complete the transfer process. The client wanted me to send the domain to that company because they paid the invoice. It took a little time to convince them of their mistake. Fortunately, the domain was never actually transferred. It did cost them $75 at the time.
Transfer it Away from DROA
I have never had to go through the process of transferring a domain from DROA to another registrar, but I expect it could be difficult. Handling domain transfers from compaines like Godaddy and Namecheap are pretty easy. Some companies do not want to let go and make it difficult. If you are not in complete control of your domain registration, you need to work on getting that control as soon as possible.
Are you in Control of YOUR Domain?
I have registered domains on behalf of clients for over 20 years. Most of the time, I set-up an account for them and put it on their credit card. There have been times I regetted that decision. If you have your domain registered with WA, you are in good hands. If a domain that you are associated with ( like your company's website) is with a person or company that has your domain on their bulk account, you may be at risk of losing it due to an oversight.
If you are new to WA, go through the training on domains. You may be able to provide assistance to your employer. Make sure the owner of the company has the ability to control domains associated with the company.
If youwant to do a little research on domains, use the whois feature and see if you can figure out who controls the domains for your company website.
If the company is not using privacy, you can learn a lot with that tool.
Have you ever received one of those letters from DROA?
I hope you ignored it or will ignore it in the future.