.UK Private Whois Domain Name Registrations Explode!

ukThe number of .uk domains being registered to privacy services has grown from about 300 per month at the beginning of last year to 6,500 per month now.

So while ICANN is looking to improve domain name whois, Nominet has some interesting ideas that ICANN should consider. Continue reading

Nominet Seeking Feedback On .UK Whois & Registrars’ Privacy Services

ukNominet, the .uk registry, is consulting on a proposed policy to clarify what data about domain-holders is published in the .UK WHOIS and, regardless of what’s published, ensure they have the accurate data essential for running .UK.

The objective is to balance playing Nominet's part in running a safe and trusted internet with an increasing desire for privacy online.

Nominet is seeking feedback on two aspects: Continue reading

I Just Lost ini.gr To PepsiCo Greece Because Someone Decided That It Is Similar To ivi.gr

grIn what seems to be one of the worst decisions in domain name history I just lost the domain name ini.gr (INI.gr) to PepsiCo Greece. PepsiCo wanted to register ivi.gr (IVI.gr) but couldn't because I had registered the domain name ini.gr before.

Why couldn't PepsiCo register ivi.gr you might ask. The domain ivi.gr was not registered but it was not available either. It was reserved for me to register if I ever wanted it as it is considered a confusingly similar written domain name to my ini.gr.

This is because of some crazy .gr rule that mandates that Continue reading

CENTR Reaches 70M Domain Registrations: .de (15.8 million), .uk (10.5 million), .nl (5.5 million)

centrIn early February 2015, CENTR’s ccTLD full members aggregate registrations crossed the 70 million mark.

This number includes 57 ccTLDs and IDN ccTLDs in 49 countries. CENTR’s full members have benefited from a 45% growth in registrations over the past five years, or 21.8 million new domain names.

The largest CENTR members in February 2015 include Continue reading

.DK Domain Names Introduce Validation

gtldsAs from 1 March 2015, DK Hostmaster requires that all Danish registrants can be validated. This means, that your name and address must match the information about you in the CPR or CVR register to get the right of use of a .dk domain name.

Requirement for both existing and new users
DK Hostmaster has already reviewed several thousand .dk registrants from the whois database. Their names and addresses have been Continue reading

1 & 2 Character .FR Domain Names Opening To The General Public Today

afnicOn February 16, 2015, Afnic is extending the registration of domain names under the .fr TLD consisting of only one or two character(s) to the general public.

Since December 9, 2014, Afnic has allowed the registration of domain names under the .fr TLD consisting of only one or two character(s).

The first phase in opening these new short domain names, called the "Sunrise" phase, opened on Continue reading

2-Factor Authentication Now Available To All .UK Domain Registrants

nominetNominet has been investing significantly to help all .uk owners protect their domains. Following a successful launch to registrars last October, from today, registrants can opt to use two-factor authentication access to Nominet's Online Services.

This is a two-step verification process which provides an extra layer of security to users accessing online systems. Continue reading

Typosquatting In .UK Domain Names Is Booming

ukTyposquatting in .UK domain names is going crazy and few companies have noticed. Most of the top 120 UK websites have had their domain names registered in .uk by typosquatters. Companies such as Google, Amazon or the National Rail have fallen victims of typosquatting.

On 10 June 2014, .uk domain names were made available for the first time.

The vast majority of existing registrants in the .uk ccTLD had the Continue reading

.FR In 2014: 2,853,406 Domain Names With A 5.06% Growth

afnicThe January 2015 edition of the Afnic Industry Report on Domain Names reviews the developments and trends in the French domain name market in 2014 after the opening of the new gTLDs.

The .fr TLD represented 2,853,406 domain names as at 31 December 2014, an increase of 5.06% in 2014. This performance continued to be higher than that of the Continue reading

Report: There Are Now 286.7 Million Registered Domain Names (1.5% Growth)

gtldsAs of November 2014 total registrations across all Top Level Domains (TLDs) stood at 286.7 million.

This represents a growth of roughly 1.5% (4.1 million registrations) for the 3 months since August 2014.

As new gTLDs are being delegated and opening for general availability, their combined registrations have grown in absolute terms by around Continue reading