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Check Freenom site is securely mine in my droplet, nobody can steal it off me!

  • Posted December 13, 2020
  • DNS

Hi, I have registered a new domain name at freenom.nom. I set the nameservers at Freenom to NS1.digitalocean.com, ns2, ns3… correctly. Then in my Digital Ocean account, I added this domain and created new A records for mysitename.com and www.mysitename.com directing this domain to my droplet IP address. Now my domain works and it runs the beginner app I have in my droplet, that’s fine.

But I just wanted to check is this domain securely mine now? I.e. is it that once I add this domain in my digital ocean account, nobody else using another digital ocean account can just add my domain name? I realise now that you should probably first add a new domain and A records to Digital Ocean droplet, then point the name servers to Digital Ocean. If I first change the nameservers in Freenom to Digital Ocean, at that point in time, anyone with a Digital Ocean account who knows my new domain name can just take it for themselves. But now I guess I have ‘taken’ it, and so nobody else can. Is there any step I missed here? I don’t know enough I think about how A records work or what they signify, thanks any nuggets of wisdom on this!

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If you have added the domain to your DigitalOcean account under Network > Domains successfully then you are completely in control of the domain.

For future domains, it’s definitely better to have the DNS configured on the service you plan on pointing the WHOIS to, if only for the fact that any requests for that domain in the interim will fail and failed DNS results can be cached for up to a day which can be annoying.

Any other concerns about domain security should be directed to customer service.

Hope this helps!