Category: Domain Insights

Know Your Domain Rights

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By , January 18, 2014

Yesterday we wrote a guest piece for Techdirt that lamented the current “ad-hoc regulatory” landscape in the domain name industry.

We use the phrase “ad hoc” because given our experiences with both foreign law enforcement agencies and private lobby groups, they are issuing increasingly onerous “takedown” demands upon domain registrars with a complete lack of legal basis.

We recently won a ruling where we were able to free up a number of domain names were suspended and locked down (prevented from transferring out) through a complete absence of due process.

No sooner had the National Arbitration Forum (NAF) handed down their ruling, which upheld our arguments that we received a letter from a pharmacy lobby group “directing us to adopt practices and policies” which were not only in direct contravention of the current rules governing domain registrars, but also contradicted the fresh NAF ruling. Read more »

Track Your Vendors and Eliminate Spam with Canary Domains

By , April 5, 2013

( User Level: General )

The other day I came across a great blog post that explained how the author setup a domain name with “catch-all” or “wildcard” email forwarding which enabled him to track which of his online vendors were selling his email address or otherwise spamming him.

This is called using “canary email addresses”, I’ve been doing it for a long time with my own personal email domain.

How Canary Email Addressing Works

You would grab a domain name separate from what you use for your main personal, work, hobby email and websites. It can be anything and it doesn’t have to be pretty because humans will rarely even see it. Read more »

Don't Fall For This Domain Registration Scam

By , May 1, 2012

(User Level: General )

I just found the following email sent to us in our easyDNS support queue:

From: Global Domains International
Subject: Regarding your domain name
Date: Tue, 01 May 2012 17:01:41 +0400
To: From: Global Domains International

Hello, I have the .COM version of your domain name for sale.

Would you be interested in buying the domain for $250 seeing as though
you own the same domain but in another extension ?

We can use Escrow for the transfer and I will cover the fees.
Let me know

Thankyou Shawn.
Global Domains International

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Do You Need To Fix Your DNS Resolvers?

By , April 1, 2012

( User Level: Basic / Intermediate )

The other day we sent out our primer on the three different types of nameservers and why it serves your interests to know them and what role each one plays. In this post we concern ourselves with Resolvers – those nameservers we all use that do all the DNS lookups we require to conduct our routine activities on the internet.

DNS Changer: A Racket To Intercept Your DNS Queries

Paul Vixie (creator of the bind software that powers the vast majority of nameservers on the internet) recently related the story of “DNS Changer” and the role of his organization in taking it down. It reads like something out of a Tom Clancy novel, only this really happened:
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The Three Basic Types of Nameservers

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By , April 1, 2012

( User Level: Basic / Layman )

The best way to understand the difference between DNS servers is to think of them in three groups which correspond to three basic aspects of the domain naming system:

1) Authoritative Nameservers
2) Resolvers
3) Root Servers

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