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Berners-Lee Talks Net Neutrality in Washington, "ISPs Should be Treated More Like Utilities"

Domain industry news - Fri, 2017-11-17 20:34

Tim Berners-Lee is in Washington urging lawmakers to reconsider the rollback of net neutrality laws — while remaining optimistic, he sees a "nasty wind" blowing amid concerns. Olivia Solon reporting in The Guardian writes: "These powerful gatekeepers ... control access to the internet and pose a threat to innovation if they are allowed to pick winners and losers by throttling or blocking services. It makes sense, therefore, that ISPs should be treated more like utilities. ... 'Gas is a utility, so is clean water, and connectivity should be too,' said Berners-Lee. 'It's part of life and shouldn't have an attitude about what you use it for — just like water.'"

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How to Add Google Analytics to Your WordPress Website

Domain Name Wire - Fri, 2017-11-17 14:23

Just about every website uses Google Analytics to track visitors. It’s important for improving your website by analyzing site visitor behavior.

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For those that are not sure what Google Analytics is, or how to monitor site behavior, have no fear. I am here to detail all of this for you.

As an added bonus, I am going to show you how to add Google Analytics to your WordPress website so you can get in on the action and start making your website better from the ground up.

What is Google Analytics and Why Should You Care?

Google Analytics is a free website tracking service designed to give you statistics about website traffic, conversions, user behavior, and more.

For instance, here are some of the things Google Analytics tracks:

  • Pageviews. The number of individual pages any site visitor clicks on during their session.
  • Sessions. The number of unique site visitors that come to your website.
  • Session Duration and Pages Per Session. How long a site visitor stays on your website before leaving and how many web pages they visited during their session.
  • Traffic Source. The origin of your site visitors – organic search (SEO), paid search, social media, referrals (aka backlinks), and direct traffic.
  • Goals or Conversions. How many site visitors complete a specific action on your website (e.g. how many people subscribed to your newsletter).
  • Bounce Rate. How many site visitors come to one webpage on your website and immediately leave.

In addition, Google Analytics incorporates into their service an intuitive dashboard, complete with all of your site’s metrics, segmentation capabilities for analyzing groups, custom reports for managing specific metrics, email-based sharing and communication ability, and integration with other Google products like AdWords.

Why You Should Use Google Analytics

Google Analytics serves as a useful digital marketing tool for monitoring how effective your online marketing strategies are, what type of content your target audience is drawn to, what pages may be affecting your site’s bounce rates, how your website is performing, and what the overall user experience is like for site visitors.

In short, Google Analytics measures:

  • Who. Who visits your website, where are they located geographically, and what are the general demographics?
  • What. Once on your website, what do site visitors do, how long do they stay, and when do they leave?
  • Where. Where are the majority of your site visitors coming from? Google search results, Google paid ads, social media networks, other websites, and direct visits are the top places.
  • When. When are site visitors most likely to visit your website in terms of days of the week, times of day, etc.
  • Why. Find out why site visitors bounce when they do. Or, why your email list not converting? Lastly, why are people not interacting with your webpages?

By answering these key questions, you can dramatically increase your chances of growth and success.

Adding Google Analytics to Your WordPress Website Step1: Sign Up With Google Analytics

The first step in adding Google Analytics to your WordPress website is to get a Google Analytics account.

To do this, visit the Google Analytics sign up page. If you already have a Google Account, simply sign in. If you don’t, you will have to create an account to continue.

Step 2: Set Up Google Analytics

After you have a Google Account, simply login. You will then see a screen promoting you to sign up for Google Analytics. Follow the steps by first clicking on Sign up.

On the next screen, you will have the choice of what to track.  Be sure to click on Website.

From there, enter your account information – Account Name, Website Name, Website URL, Industry Category, Country, and Time Zone.

Next, simply scroll to the bottom and select Get Tracking ID. Agree to the Google Analytics Terms of Service to continue.

Step 3: Get the Tracking ID

After accepting the terms of service, you will see a screen that has your Google Analytics tracking code.

This is the code you will copy and paste into your WordPress website, depending on the method you choose to use.

Step 4: Add Google Analytics to Your Website

Now that you have your Google Analytics Tracking ID ready, it is time to add Google Analytics to your website.

Though there are many different ways of doing this, I am going to use one of the most popular methods using a WordPress plugin called MonsterInsights.

What is MonsterInsights?

MonsterInsights is the most popular Google Analytics plugin for WordPress. With 1 million active installs, it has become the go-to plugin for adding Google Anlaytics to any WordPress website with ease.

In fact, it has a quick and easy setup that allows you to see your website’s statistics in the admin section of your WordPress dashboard, all in real-time.

Step 5: Install and Activate MonsterInsights

Navigate to Plugins > Add New and search for MonsterInsights.

Click on Install Now and then Activate.

Step 6: Configure MonsterInsights

To configure your plugin, navigate to Insights > Settings. Next click on the button to authenticate your Google Account.

You will then see a screen for authentication:

Click Next to continue. Then, click on Click to Get Google Code.

You will see a popup prompting you to log into the associated Google Account for your website. Login, and then select Allow so MonsterInsights can access your Google Analytics data.

You will then see your Google code.

Cut and paste it into the Google code section on your website.  Select Next. From there, choose the website profile you would like to add Google Analytics to from the dropdown menu. This is really only important if you have multiple websites associated with your Google Account.

Again, click on Next.

When you have followed all of the steps successfully, you will see a Done screen:

And that’s it.  Now you have Google Analytics added to your website.

Remember, it will take Google Analytics some time (approximately 24-48 hours) to start collecting solid data regarding your website.

However, once this happens, you will be able to access that data directly from your WordPress dashboard. Simply navigate to Insights > Reports.

It will look something like this:

Final Thoughts

Altogether, adding Google Analytics to your WordPress website is very easy using the MonsterInsights plugin. And, since it is free to use, and is relied upon by so many WordPress users, there is very little risk in doing so.

The convenience of having the most important metrics regarding site visitors behavior in your website in your WordPress dashboard is unbeatable.  You can easily track how you website is doing and make changes right then and there.

So, check it out and give it a try. You may be surprised to learn the things that are doing well, and the things that need improvement.

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U.S. Government Takes Steps Towards Increased Transparency for Vulnerabilities Equities Process

Domain industry news - Fri, 2017-11-17 02:47

The White House has released a charter offering more transparency into the Vulnerabilities Equities Process. Tom Spring from ThreatPost reports: "On Wednesday it released the 'Vulnerabilities Equities Policy and Process' [PDF] charter that outlines how the government will disclose cyber security flaws and when it will keep them secret. The release of the charter is viewed as a positive by critics and a step toward addressing private-sector concerns that the VEP's framework is to secretive."

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IBM Launches Quad9, a DNS-based Privacy and Security Service to Protect Users from Malicious Sites

Domain industry news - Fri, 2017-11-17 01:58

In a joint project, IBM Security along with Packet Clearing House (PCH) and The Global Cyber Alliance (GCA) today launched a free service designed to give consumers and businesses added online privacy and security protection. The new DNS service is called Quad9 in reference to the IP address offered for the service. The group says the service is aimed at protecting users from accessing malicious websites known to steal personal information, infect users with ransomware and malware, or conduct fraudulent activity.

Quad9 is said to provide these protections without compromising the speed of users' online experience. From the announcement: "Leveraging PCH's expertise and global assets around the world, Quad9 has points of presence in over 70 locations across 40 countries at launch. Over the next 18 months, Quad9 points of presence are expected to double, further improving the speed, performance, privacy and security for users globally. Telemetry data on blocked domains from Quad9 will be shared with threat intelligence partners for the improvement of their threat intelligence responses for their customers and Quad9."

The Genesis of Quad9: "Quad9 began as the brainchild of GCA. The intent was to provide security to end users on a global scale by leveraging the DNS service to deliver a comprehensive threat intelligence feed. This idea lead to the collaboration of the three entities: GCA: Provides system development capabilities and brought the threat intelligence community together; PCH: Provides Quad9's network infrastructure; and IBM: Provides IBM X-Force threat intelligence and the easily memorable IP address ("

Philip Reitinger, President and CEO of the Global Cyber Alliance: "Protecting against attacks by blocking them through DNS has been available for a long time, but has not been used widely. Sophisticated corporations can subscribe to dozens of threat feeds and block them through DNS, or pay a commercial provider for the service. However, small to medium-sized businesses and consumers have been left behind — they lack the resources, are not aware of what can be done with DNS, or are concerned about exposing their privacy and confidential information. Quad9 solves these problems. It is memorable, easy to use, relies on excellent and broad threat information, protects privacy, and security and is free."

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UDRPs Filed - Brand Owners Take Note

Domain industry news - Thu, 2017-11-16 21:27

After being in the domain industry for over 15 years, there aren't too many things that catch me by surprise, but recently a few UDRP filings have me scratching my head.

Both and have had UDRPs filed against them, and I have to say for anyone holding a valuable domain name, it's a cautionary tale and one that should have folks paying attention to the outcome of each.

Just as a refresher, to be successful in a UDRP filing, the complainant must prove the following:

  • the domain name is identical or confusingly similar to a trademark or service mark in which the complainant has rights; and
  • the registrant has no rights or legitimate interests in respect of the domain name; and
  • the domain name has been registered and is being used in bad faith.

With that in mind, let's look a little closer at the details of these two troubling UDRP filings. is registered to WebMD, LLC, a long-time provider of health and wellness information on the Internet, and the domain has been registered since 1992. The domain name currently doesn't resolve to any content, so it's not actively being used. The complainant is Equipo IVI SL, an assisted reproduction group based in Spain. They appear to operate their company off of the domain According to their website, IVI appears to have been initially founded in 1990 in Valencia.

The domain is registered to HUKU LLC which appears to be an entity based in Belize and has been registered since at least 2001. According to a reverse WHOIS lookup, this entity owns a few hundred generic domain names in a variety of extensions. The domain resolves to a Domain Holdings page with a message stating that this domain may be for sale. The complainant is a company called Kitchens To Go which operates off the domain which was registered in 1998. They also appear to operate the domain name as well.

Based on prima facie evidence, I'm doubtful that either of these UDRP filings should be successful — but then again the domain was recently handed over to the complainant in a case which appears to have very similar circumstances to these latest two. It should be noted though in that case, the registrant did not even respond to the UDRP.

What can brand owners do to ensure that they don't find themselves losing a domain in a questionable UDRP filing? A few things:

  • Ensure your WHOIS information is up-to-date and accurate so that any correspondence sent to the contacts is received. People think nothing of value comes to those published contacts, but UDRP filings would certainly be something you'd want to make sure you received.
  • If you do find a long-held domain being subject to a UDRP (or any UDRP for that matter), make sure you file a response so that you don't leave the complainant as the only voice in front of the UDRP panelists.
  • Make sure that your registrar has a procedure in place to notify you of any UDRP filing they may receive for your domains. In addition to communication to the domain owner, the registrar of record also receives notification, and they should be passing those notifications on to their clients.

It will be very interesting to see how these two UDRP filings play out, and we'll be sure to report back once the decisions have been made public.

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The Warmuz Way: How Trellian Has Triumphed for 20 Years Despite the Tragic Loss of a Founder

DN Journal - Thu, 2017-11-16 20:53
A new DNJournal Cover Story details how the late Ren Warmuz and his brother David built a company that was meant to last and is still going strong after two decades.
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The Top WordPress Caching Plugins and Why You Should Care

Domain Name Wire - Thu, 2017-11-16 19:20

It has been some time since Google announced that the speed in which you website loads will affect your Google search engine rankings. Ranking penalties apply to slow-loading mobile devices as well.

But what you should really be concerned about is the affect a slow performing website will have on your user experience.

Did you know that half of site visitors expect your WordPress website to load in 2 seconds or less?

I think that’s fair. After all, there is nothing quite as annoying as clicking on a website and watching it drag to load content and images. Not to mention the frustration that sets in while trying to make a purchase on a website that simply will not load.

Luckily, there are many things you can do to get your website up to speed. In fact, one of the best things you can do is add a caching plugin to your website.

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Today I am going to take a quick look at what caching is and why it is crucial to fast page loading and overall site performance. In addition, I will share with you some of the market’s best caching plugins so you can start speeding up your website right away.

What is Caching?

A cache is a place in your computer’s memory where data is stored temporarily for later use. This way, rather than complete the complicated process that is normally required to serve up your website’s data to site visitors, the cache provides that data in a quick and easy manner.

When a site visitor clicks on your website, they request your website’s data from your hosting provider. Specifically, they ask your hosting provider’s server for your website’s images, JavaScript, and CSS, request it to be constructed into readable HTML files, and deliver it to your site visitor’s browser screen perfectly displayed as your website.

Unfortunately, this process strains your server’s resources and takes a significant amount of time.

However, there is no reason site visitors should have to endure this process every time. Especially when it comes to your website’s static content, such as published posts that rarely change over long periods of time.

That’s why caching your site’s content is so helpful:

  • Serve up website data that rarely changes in readable format in a fraction of the time
  • Speed up the entire site loading process
  • Provide a better user experience to all site visitors
  • Rank higher in search engine results thanks to the faster load times
  • Reserve server resources and reduce crashing, especially on shared hosting plans

As you can see, there are plenty of benefits to caching your WordPress website’s data. Especially if you want to compete with all the other people vying for your same audience base.

The Best WordPress Caching Plugins

Knowing that website speed is important, and that caching your site’s data is the key, the next best step is to add a caching plugin to your website. Here are some of the most reliable, affordable, and highest functioning ones.

WP Super Cache

WP Super Cache is one of the most popular caching plugins on the market today. It generates static HTML files from your dynamic WordPress blog with lighting speed and delivers them to 99% of your site visitors. One cached file can be served a thousand times, visitors will be served up custom files tailored to their visit, and if they happen to be logged in or have left comments, that data will be cached as well.

  • Caching for mobile users
  • Custom cache hooks
  • Manage cache deletion and re-caching schedules
  • Mod_Rewrite, PHP, and Legacy Caching Options
  • Boost other WordPress plugin load times

Price: FREE

W3 Total Cache

W3 Total Cache rivals WP Super Cache when it comes to popularity. Designed to improve SEO efforts, as well as the user experience, this caching plugins delivers when it comes to site speed and performance. Take advantage of features such as browser caching, 80% bandwidth savings, and even a boost in mobile search engine rankings.

  • Support for all hosting types, including CDN integration
  • Extensive configurations for custom caching
  • Built-in security features
  • 10X overall site performance improvement
  • File minification and GZIP compression

Price: FREE

WP Rocket

WP Rocket is a premium WordPress caching plugin that simply plugs-and-plays. There are no configurations to mess with, since the plugin automatically caches upon activation, but it does come with but plenty of features that are designed to help improve your website in many ways. For instance, enjoy premium support, seamless integration with CloudFlare and CDNs, and even utilize this caching plugin on WordPress multisite.

  • Lazy loading images
  • Minification of HTML, JS, and CSS files
  • Mobile detection and automatic caching function
  • Google font optimization
  • White label capable

Price: $39

WP Fastest Cache

WP Fastest Cache reduces your need to use lots of RAM and CPU resources to deliver data to site visitors. Instead, this plugin allows for static HTML file generation that is saved in a cache for later use. Utilize the Mod_Rewrite method, manage minified CSS and JavaScript files, and even exclude specific pages and user-agents.

  • Automatic cache deletion upon page or post publication
  • Cache Timeout – schedule cache deletions
  • Enable/disable mobile caching
  • CDN and SSL support
  • Leverage browser caching

Price: FREE

Comet Cache

Comet Cache is another exceptional caching plugin that thousands of WordPress users rely on. Taking real-time snapshots of your website and caching them immediately, this plugin helps reduce server drag and page loading speeds on your site. Simply enable the plugin and start seeing performance improvements.

  • Control cache clearing behavior
  • Automatic expiration of cached files
  • Client-side caching with double caching on the client-side browser
  • Cache 404 redirects to reduce impact
  • RSS, RDF, and Atom Feed caching

Price: FREE

Hyper Cache

Hyper Cache is the last WordPress caching plugin on my list today. It works on low-end shared hosting servers, and even the highest performing dedicated servers. It is purely PHP, works on every WordPress blog, and requires zero configurations. In addition, it has double cache for both desktop and mobile site versions, manages compression, even for non-cached pages, and has an autoclean feature to control the cache disk space.

  • CDN support
  • bbPress integration for forum caching
  • Serves cached comments to visitors leaving comments
  • Exclude cache folder from site backups
  • HTTPS ready

Price: FREE

Final Thoughts

In the end, there is a lot to gain from investing a little bit of time into improving your WordPress website’s speed and performance. In fact, installing a WordPress caching plugin on your website is something all website owners should make a priority.

If you are looking for a great way to improve your search engine results, keep site visitors engaged with your content longer, and make your website load faster, images and all, try using a caching plugin and watch with satisfaction at the results.

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10 Notable NameJet sales from October

Domain Name Wire - Thu, 2017-11-16 15:26

Here are ten notable domain name sales on NameJet last month.

NameJet sold 112 domain names for $2,000 or more last month for a total of $738,000. As I do every month, I took a look at the list and pulled out ten sales worth noting.

Before we jump into the ten, it’s also worth noting that nine three-letter .com domains sold on NameJet last month. The lowest price was ($12,800) and highest was ($49,100). $24,099 – I need some help understanding this one. I see that several companies use the mGlobal name or have it in their domain name. But $24,099? $12,750 – This domain has some history. eShare was a tech company that used this domain over a decade ago. $10,650 – Have you ever noticed how domain investors tend to be stingy when it comes to buying domains about domains? This price, on the other hand, is rather high. The domain investor that bought it is asking for $250,000. $8,095 – Many uses…sales reps, workout reps, political representatives. $7,601 – Home security monitoring is a big business. $3,125 – This is an interesting one. Will hybrid vehicles one day just be ‘vehicles’? Will all-electric vehicles outpace them? These days it seems that most sites about hybrid and electric cars are going with a more general term. $2,950 – Do you remember $2,710 – Sometimes I wish our world leaders used diplomacy more often. $2,350 – Google this term and you’ll see a fairly large business segment. $2,101 – A word of warning: Realtor is a trademark.

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When UDRP Consolidation Requests Go Too Far

Domain industry news - Thu, 2017-11-16 15:25

Although including multiple domain names in a single UDRP complaint can be a very efficient way for a trademark owner to combat cybersquatting, doing so is not always appropriate.

One particularly egregious example involves a case that originally included 77 domain names — none of which the UDRP panel ordered transferred to the trademark owner, simply because consolidation against the multiple registrants of the domain names was improper.

The UDRP case, filed by O2 Worldwide Limited, is an important reminder to trademark owners that they should not overreach when filing large complaints — at least when the disputed domain names are held by different registrants.

The Same Domain-Name Holder

Under the UDRP rules, a "complaint may relate to more than one domain name, provided that the domain names are registered by the same domain-name holder." As a result, many UDRP complaints include multiple domain names — from two to as many as more than 1,500.

While this UDRP rule may seem straightforward, it can become more complicated in practice, especially as some clever cybersquatters try to hide behind aliases to frustrate trademark owners.

Where the registrants appear to be different, the WIPO Overview of WIPO Panel Views on Selected UDRP Questions, Third Edition, says that UDRP panels often consider the following in considering whether it is proper to include multiple domain names in a single complaint: "whether (i) the domain names or corresponding websites are subject to common control, and (ii) the consolidation would be fair and equitable to all parties."

The Overview adds: "Procedural efficiency would also underpin panel consideration of such a consolidation scenario."

Not Procedurally Efficient

In the O2 case, the panel found that consolidation was not appropriate, based on a most unusual set of facts. O2 had argued that "unifying features… link all of the domains" and that a single individual "maintain[ed] common control" over all of the domain names.

But the panel strongly disagreed, noting that 25 different entities were named as respondents for the 77 domain names in the original complaint. Incredibly, the panel said:

The administrative procedure that the [WIPO] Center was required to undertake as a result of this filing involved: (i) numerous communications with four different Registrars; (ii) the withdrawal of the Complaint against 11 of the domain names due to the fact that they were no longer registered; (iii) the receipt of 20 separate communications, from 12 different Respondents or Other Submissions, respectively, each of whom appeared to be operating independently of the others and whose positions were not identical; (iv) the receipt of two separate formal Responses; and (v) the filing of one unsolicited Supplemental Filing by the Complainant.

This, the panel wrote, created an "administrative burden" that was "undue — and certainly not procedurally efficient." Further, the panel said that because "the Respondents appear to be separate persons whose positions are not necessarily identical," treating them alike in a single proceeding "is unlikely to be fair and equitable."

Not only did the panel reject O2's consolidation arguments, but it also rejected O2's request to proceed against any of the disputed domain names:

In the Panel's view, what the Complainant has sought to do is throw a large number of disputed domain names registered by a large number of separate Respondents into one Complaint, request consolidation on the basis of a general assertion of connectedness, rely on the Center to verify the situation of every disputed domain name and Respondent to identify those against whom the Complaint can proceed, and rely on the Panel to work through the case of every Respondent to determine in respect of whom consolidation would be fair and equitable. The Panel does not wish to encourage Complainants to adopt this approach. Accordingly, the Panel will not accede to the Complainant's request to allow consolidation to proceed in respect of some sub-set of the disputed domain names.

Despite the panel's ultimate denial of O2's entire complaint (allowing all of the registrants to retain their domain names), the panel made clear that O2 could file new (but separate) complaints against some (or all) of the registrants. But, interestingly, as of this writing (more than four months after the decision date), it appears as if O2 has not done so.

More Routine Requests

Few, if any, UDRP cases raise the same consolidation complexities (or unprecedented arguments) as in the O2 case. Rather, many consolidation requests are routinely granted.

Indeed, even some large cases that involve registrants with different identities have been allowed to proceed on a consolidated basis, that is, in a single proceeding.

For example, in a UDRP case filed by United Parcel Services (UPS) for 122 domain names "owned by many different registrants," the panel allowed consolidation because there was "sufficient evidence demonstrating that the listed domain name holders are aliases and that the domain names are controlled by a single person" — namely, that "(i) all 122 domain names were registered in October 2016, (ii) all 122 names have the same registrar, Wild West Domains, LLC, (iii) all 122 names were initially registered using the same privacy service, Domains By Proxy, (iv) the email addresses listed for each of the 122 infringing domain names follow the same general format —, and (v) all resolve to the same website — an inactive website displaying the same error message, 'The page cannot be displayed.'"

Despite the different outcomes, the decisions in the O2 and UPS cases are consistent with each other as well as with UDRP precedent and practice. Together, they provide important lessons about the appropriateness of — but limitations on — including multiple domain names in a single complaint.

Written by Doug Isenberg, Attorney & Founder of The GigaLaw Firm

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1-Letter German Domain Draws Highest Price Reported This Week - ccTLDs Take 2 of Top 3 Spots

DN Journal - Wed, 2017-11-15 23:06
The ccTLDs had a big week. They put 6 names on the all extension Top 20 Sales Chart including a pair that rank among the year's top six ccTLD sales.
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Russia Targeted British Telecom, Media, Energy Sectors, Reveals UK National Cyber Security Centre

Domain industry news - Wed, 2017-11-15 20:14

Speaking at The Times Tech Summit in London, Ciaran Martin, chief of the National Cyber Security Centre (NCSC), warned Russia is seeking to undermine the international system. "I can't get into too much of the details of intelligence matters, but I can confirm that Russian interference, seen by the National Cyber Security Centre, has included attacks on the UK media, telecommunications and energy sectors. ... The government is prioritising cyber security because we care so much about the digital future of the country. We're doing it broadly on the themes that will come up today — defend networks, deter attackers and develop the skills base."

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.Brand domains are making progress

Domain Name Wire - Wed, 2017-11-15 18:03

Presentation at ICANN meeting shows slow progress.

Like many things in the new top level domain name program, the launch and acceptance of .brand top level domain names has been slower than a lot of people hoped. But slowly but surely, new websites on domain extensions matching brands are finding their way to the internet.

The .Brand Registry Group, an advocacy group for .brand domain names, gave an update during the ICANN Abu Dhabi meeting earlier this month.

Of the 1,930 new top level domain applications, 1/3 were for .brands. 44% of the new TLDs delegated are .brands, the group calculates.

267 .brands have more than just nic.brand registered, and a total of 8,154 second level domains are registered under all .brand TLDs. The group says there are 1,239 active websites under .brand domains.

The presentation (pdf) highlights some of the early uses of .brand domains, including Amazon’s

Despite numerous companies that applied for new TLDs in the first round backing out, there still seems to be demand for .brand domains in subsequent rounds.

The .Brand Registry Group is advocating for changes in future rounds to benefit .brands. The initial applicant guidebook tried to shoehorn .brands into a program originally designed for generic domains open to the public. Some changes that would benefit .brands include a reduction of financial disclosures, restricted zone file access, and allowing the use of protected geographic domains at the second level. (See comment below. I believe this is also something the brands want, but the reference in the presentation was related to domains like .Amazon at the top level.)

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Airplanes Vulnerable to Hacking, Says U.S. Department of Homeland Security

Domain industry news - Wed, 2017-11-15 18:03

Researchers have been able to successfully demonstrate a commercial aircraft can be remotely hacked. Calvin Biesecker reporting in Avionics reports: "A team of government, industry and academic officials successfully demonstrated that a commercial aircraft could be remotely hacked in a non-laboratory setting last year, a U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) official said Wednesday at the 2017 CyberSat Summit in Tysons Corner, Virginia. [U.S. Department of Homeland Security aviation program manager says] 'We got the airplane on Sept. 19, 2016. Two days later, I was successful in accomplishing a remote, non-cooperative, penetration ... [which] means I didn't have anybody touching the airplane, I didn't have an insider threat. I stood off using typical stuff that could get through security and we were able to establish a presence on the systems of the aircraft."

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From bitcoin to mortgages, here are 17 end user domain sales

Domain Name Wire - Wed, 2017-11-15 15:59

New bitcoin rewards site buys .com to forward to .au, and other end user domain name sales.

Sedo had a couple of nice short domain sales this past week: for €49,000 and for $49,000. I can’t yet tie these domains to end users, and the prices paid could be investments. So the top sale on this week’s DNW end user list is a three-letter domain name.

Also, take a look at The SEO consultant who owns (which surely comes with a stiff premium fee) bought and forwards it to a page on

Cryptocurrency enthusiasts will also like the sale of

OK, let’s get to the list of end user sales. (See more end user sales lists here) £12,500 – Oldland Consulting Ltd in West Sussex bought its acronym. $7,500 – Ticket broker Empire Sport & Entertainment. It forwards the domain to its website $7,500 – The buyer has created a landing page that states Stand up | Speak out. $6,200 – SEO consultant Fili Wiese. He uses the domain name forwards to a page on Wiese’s site. $6,000 – Novelty Media in Isreal creates targeted content sites. It uses the domain name $5,500 – Beacon Technologies is a web development and online marketing company. SiteXpress is the company’s brand for an all-in-one web site/marketing package for small businesses on a budget. $5,010 – Mortgage company First Colony Mortgage. $5,000 – The domain now forwards to $4,999 – From its website: “Counterfactual is a blockchain research company, researching and developing Ethereum 2nd-layer infrastructure and building open software libraries that advance the state of art in dapp development.” $4,995 – Bitcoin enthusiast Kahn Hood bought this domain for his forthcoming service that rewards shoppers with bitcoin. It forwards to

End user buys To Tweet $4,800 – Heroal is a manufacturer of window and door systems. $4,500 – Ruhr Gold is a beer. Its official website is $4,377 – Research Engineering & Manufacturing Inc in Rhode Island. $4,000 – The owner of bought the matching .com. €2,800 – Movavi Software Limited uses $2,549 – Shortlinq GmbH is a link management system. Think branded short URLs. €2,500 – The law firm Herrero y Asociados, S.L. acquired this for a client.

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WorldHostingDays rebrands as CloudFest

Domain Name Wire - Wed, 2017-11-15 14:13

So long, WHD.

In the probably-should-have-happened-sooner category, WorldHostingDays has rebranded as CloudFest.

The change will take place starting with its big annual show in Europe, which takes place March 10-16, 2018 at Europa-Park in Germany.

The webhosting industry has become very commoditized and excitement for hosting conferences has waned at the same time that a broader audience has started attending “cloud” conferences.

That term encompasses a lot. As the organizers point out:

The cloud is not only about bandwidth, storage, or connectivity anymore but includes platforms delivering a full spectrum of services at the foundation of all communication and data transfer around the world. It touches everything—IoT, autonomous driving, air traffic control, finances, blockchain, AI, and even dating.

That opens up to a lot more potential attendees (and sponsors) than a conference under the hosting moniker.

The company that organizes CloudFest also owns NamesCon. Both conferences are now owned by GoDaddy.

WorldHostingDays bought the domain name this summer. It was listed on GoDaddy’s Afternic.

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GGRG's Latest Report on Liquid Domain Sales Finds $ Volume Up at, Down in Public Sales

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Domain Name Wire - Tue, 2017-11-14 16:26 subsidiary gets patent for Whois Privacy, as compared to Whois Proxy.

Patent application shows difference between Whois Proxy and Whois Privacy.

GoDaddy has patents for domain name proxy services. Now a competitor,’s Network Solutions, has a patent for Whois privacy.

U.S. Patent #9,817,979 (pdf) for Private domain name registration covers Whois privacy in which a domain is registered in the name of the actual registrant but the contact details (email address, phone and postal address) are that of the privacy service.

GoDaddy’s service Domains By Proxy is technically a proxy service instead of privacy. Domains By Proxy is the technical owner of the domain name acting on the customer’s behalf.

As (NASDAQ:WEB) points out in its application, proxy services can create challenges when transferring domain names. The proxy service needs to be removed for a transfer to another registrar. Privacy, on the other hand, keeps the registrant’s name in the record and domains can still be transferred.

Network Solutions’ has long offered a privacy service. In recent years it added a proxy service called Perfect Privacy which is confusingly also referred to as a privacy.

The company applied for a similar patent in 2004 but abandoned it. This issued patent was filed in May 2012.

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Your Online Freedoms are Under Threat - 2017 Freedom on the Net Report

Domain industry news - Tue, 2017-11-14 16:08

As more people get online every day, Internet Freedom is facing a global decline for the 7th year in a row.

Today, Freedom House released their 2017 Freedom on the Net report, one of the most comprehensive assessments of countries' performance regarding online freedoms. The Internet Society is one of the supporters of this report. We think it brings solid and needed evidence-based data in an area that fundamentally impacts user trust.

Looking across 65 countries, the report highlights several worrying trends, including:

  • manipulation of social media in democratic processes
  • restrictions of virtual private networks (VPNs)
  • censoring of mobile connectivity
  • attacks against netizens and online journalists

Elections prove to be particular tension points for online freedoms (see also Freedom House's new Internet Freedom Election Monitor). Beyond the reported trend towards more sophisticated government attempts to control online discussions, the other side of the coin is an increase in restrictions to Internet access, whether through shutting down networks entirely, or blocking specific communication platforms and services.

These Internet shutdowns are at the risk of becoming the new normal. In addition to their impact on freedom of expression and peaceful assembly, shutdowns generate severe economic costs, affecting entire economies [1] and the livelihood of tech entrepreneurs, often in regions that would benefit the most from digital growth.

We need to build on these numbers as they open a new door to ask governments for accountability. By adopting the U.N. Sustainable Developed Goals (SDGs) last year, governments of the world have committed to leveraging the power of the Internet in areas such as education, health and economic growth. Cutting off entire populations from the Internet sets the path in the wrong direction.

Mindful that there is urgency to address this issue, the Internet Society is releasing today a new policy brief on Internet shutdowns, which provides an entry into this issue, teases various impacts of such measures and offers some preliminary recommendations to governments and other stakeholders.

Of course, this can only be the beginning of any action and we need everyone to get informed and make their voices heard on shutdowns and other issues related to online freedoms.

Here is what you can do:

[1] Among other similar studies, Brookings assessed a cost of about USD 2.4 billion resulting from shutdowns across countries evaluated between July 1, 2015 and June 30, 2016.

Written by Nicolas Seidler, Senior Policy advisor

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Radix publishes second time renewal data for some TLDs

Domain Name Wire - Tue, 2017-11-14 14:44

Second-anniversary renewals in three domains were 77%.

Radix Registry, a new top level domain name company with nine top level domain names, has reported second-anniversary renewal rates for its three most popular top level domain names.

The company said that overall renewal rates for the second renewal on .online, .tech and .site domain names registered during the first 30 days of general availability were 77%.

.Site had the highest at 81%, .Tech was 78% and .Online was 75%.

These numbers seem in line with those at other registries. Last year, Rightside (now part of Donuts) reported that 81% of names renewed on their first anniversary were also renewed on their second anniversary.

Domain names tend to have their lowest renewal rate in the first year.

Radix reported that domain names registered during Sunrise and Early Access had even higher renewal rates. Sunrise domains are mostly for brand protection and domains purchased during Early Access had a one-time premium, so renewal costs aren’t as high.

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Equifax gets control of 138 Equifax Security domain names

Domain Name Wire - Tue, 2017-11-14 14:28

Domain names were registered to take advantage of data breach.

Credit bureau Equifax (NYSE:EFX) has successfully won control of 138 domain names that were registered after it reported a security breach this summer.

In the wake of the breach, the company set up an official site at That’s not an easy domain name to remember. Even Equifax’s own employees directed people to the wrong site.

China Capital Investment Limited registered 138 domain names similar to Many of them are typos that redirect to parking pages with ads for identity theft protection and credit scores.

Equifax filed a cybersquatting complaint with World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO). The WIPO panel agreed that this is a case of cybersquatting and ordered the domain names to be transferred to Equifax. The transfer should be complete within ten days.

Douglas M. Isenberg of The GigaLaw Firm represented Equifax.

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