Monday, 8 February 2016

.AT To Release New Security Lock Service and One And Two Character Domains

 The Austrian registry has just introduced a Security Lock for .at domains to protect against unauthorised and/or inadvertent changes to a domain’s registration details. If the lock is enabled every change made to the Whois details for .at domains must be authorised via a phone call by the registrant.

Additionally, the Austrian registry will commence a process for the release of one and two character .at domains in April 2016, with 5,000 domains becoming available using letters, numbers and special characters. Currently the minimum length of a .at domain name is three characters.

The release will be done in several stages that are based on those used for the launch of new gTLDs. The initial sunrise period will provide trademark holders (for trademarks registered before 1 July 2015) with the opportunity to apply for one or two character domains. Following will be an auction period for all contested domains. All domains not delegated during these periods will be available for general registration from September 2016.

If you are interested in adding the Security Lock to one of your existing .at domains or registering one of these premium domain names, email us at

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