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    Account & Domain Security

    • How do I unlock my account?

      To unlock your Dynadot account, please follow these steps: Sign in to your Dynadot account. Select "Account Lock" from the "My Info" drop-down menu. To unlock your account, you must enter your "birthday," which is a date you chose when you created your account (not necessarily your actual birthday). If you have Google Authenticator and/or SMS authorized for your account, you will also need to enter your token code (Google Authenticator) and/or SMS code. Click on the "Unlock Account" button. Your account will be unlocked for 1 hour before our system automatically locks it again for your security. While the account is unlocked, you will be able to change important account information. If you do not remember your "Birthday," you can use the "Forgot Birthday" button on the Account Lock page to submit a request for help. If you lost your cellphone and no longer have access to your Google Authenticator and/or SMS, you can let us know by clicking "Lost Cellphone" on the Account Lock page.

    • How do I turn off Google Authenticator?

      Google Authenticator, along with your "birthday" and SMS Authenticator is a great way to add extra security to your account. This is why we recommend keeping it as a part of your account security. But, if you do want to remove Google Authenticator from your Dynadot account, please follow these steps: Sign in to your Dynadot account. Select "Account Lock" from the "My Info" drop-down menu. Unlock your account. This will require you to enter a token code from your Google Authenticator app (as well as your "birthday" and SMS code if you also have this enabled). If you can't enter your token code, use the "Lost Cellphone" link for help. Go to the "Google Authentication" section. Enter your password for security. Then click "Disable Google Authentication" to turn it off. We recommend relocking your account by clicking "Lock Account Now" at the top of the page when you are done. Note: This will not automatically remove your "Dynadot:username" account from your Google Authenticator app. To remove that, you will need to open the app and click on the pen icon at the top right-hand corner. Then, click on the red minus sign over your "Dynadot:username" account and click "Remove Account" to confirm its removal from the app. Please make sure you have already performed the steps above before removing it from the app.

    • When will I be required to enter my Google Authenticator token code?

      Google Authenticator, along with your "birthday" and SMS Authenticator is a great way to add extra security to your account. This is why we recommend keeping it as a part of your account security. Once you've added it to your account, you will be required to enter your Google Authenticator token along with your username and password when you login to your Dynadot account. You will also be required to enter it anytime you unlock your account. Unlocking your account is required for certain account functions such as editing your account info and unlocking your domains. If you are using both Google Authenticator and SMS Authentication, you will need to enter both along with your "birthday" to unlock your account, but at login you will only be required to enter your Google token code after your username and password. Lost your cellphone? Forgot your birthday?

    • How do I turn off my SMS Authenticator settings?

      SMS Authenticator, along with your "birthday" and Google Authenticator is a great way to add extra security to your account. This is why we recommend keeping it as a part of your account security. But, if you do want to remove SMS Authenticator from your Dynadot account, please follow these steps: Sign in to your Dynadot account. Go to "Account Lock" under the "Account Info" section. Unlock your account. You will need to enter an SMS code (as well as your birthday and your token code if you also have Google Authenticator set up) to successfully unlock your account. If you are unable to enter your SMS code, use the "Lost Cellphone" link to contact us for help. Once your account is unlocked, go to the "SMS Authentication" section. You will need to enter your password for security, then click "Disable SMS" to turn it off. We recommend relocking your account by clicking "Lock Account Now" at the top of the page when you are done.

    • Do I really have to enter my Google Authenticator token code or SMS code on every login?

      No, you don't. You can choose to either enter your code at every login or have our system remember your IP address and only enter the code when you're logging in from a new IP address. The default setting has code entry at each login, but if you want to change it, you can do so by following these instructions: Sign in to your Dynadot account. Select "Account Lock" from the "My Info" drop-down menu. Verify your identity by entering your "birthday" as well as your Google Authenticator token code and/or your SMS code into the "Account Lock" area. Click the "Unlock Account" button. Scroll down to the "Autehntication Settings" section. Here you can select either "Every Login (Most Secure)" or "Every New IP Address" and then click "Save Settings" to save your changes. Haven't added this extra layer of security yet? Learn how to add Google Authenticator and/or SMS Authentication to your account!

    • How do I lock my account?

      If you've unlocked your account for any reason, our system will automatically re-lock it within one hour for security reasons. However, we recommend re-locking your account as soon as you no longer need to have it unlocked. If you're not sure if your account is locked or not, check the "Account Lock" section of your "Info" in the right-hand column that shows on every page of our control panel. From there, you can click "Change" and it will take you to the "Account Lock" page under the "My Info" drop-down. Then click the "Lock Account Now" button to lock your account.

    • What is 2 step verification?

      Dynadot takes account security seriously. This is why we don't just rely on your username and password to ensure the security of your domains. In addition to the "birthday" you are required to enter, you can also set up 2 step verification to add another layer of security to your account. We offer the following security options that you can add to your account for 2 step verification: SMS Authentication: You will receive a verification code via text message that you must enter along with your "birthday" to unlock your account. Google Authenticator: This is a smartphone app that gives you a time sensitive verification code to enter along with your "birthday" to unlock your account. If you want even more security for your account, you can use both the SMS authentication and Google Authenticator together. You will then be required to enter both along with your "birthday" to unlock your account.

    • What is the "Account Lock" feature?

      The "Account Lock" feature is a security feature used to prevent anyone from hijacking your domains and/or changing important account information. You are required to verify your identity before the system allows you to unlock your domains and/or change your account details. We recommend adding 2 step verification to your account to further enhance your account and domain security. Please note that if left unlocked, our system will automatically lock it again for your security after 1 hour.

    • How do I unlock my domain?

      To unlock your domain, please follow these steps: Sign in to your Dynadot account. Select "Manage" from the "Domains" drop-down menu. Check the box next to the domain name(s) you want to unlock. Click on the "Set Lock" icon. You will need to unlock your account first using the link below the "Lock Domains" button. Unlocking your account will require you to enter your "Birthday" as well as a Token Code if you have set up Google Authenticator and/or an SMS Code if you have SMS set up (you will need to click on "Send Sms Token"). Click on the "Unlock Account" button. Click on the "Unlock Domains" button to unlock your domain(s). Please submit a "Forgot Birthday" request if you do not remember your "Birthday." Please submit a "Lost Cellphone" request if you have lost your cellphone or cannot access it for Google Authenticator and/or SMS.

    • What are the SMS settings for?

      SMS settings are used to add additional security to your account. All accounts require a "birthday," but it is a good idea to also add our two-factor authentications settings. These include SMS authentication, which uses your cellphone's Short Message Service, aka texting service, to verify your identity when you unlock your account. You can also add Google Authenticator either in addition to SMS or instead of SMS. Both of these settings are optional, however, they can increase the security of your Dynadot account. NOTE: Carrier fees may apply for any SMS message sent to your cellphone. How do I activate my SMS Authentication settings? When will I be required to enter my SMS Autehnticator code? How do I change my SMS settings? Help! I lost my cellphone! How do I turn off my SMS Authenticator settings?

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