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Fraudsters are at it again. There is currently a counterfeit ‘renewal’ email circulating informing domain registrants that their domains(s) is expiring for a search engine listing, domain name listing, and/or SEO listing services.

How do they do this? Fraudulent companies “mine” the WHOIS database and then use the information they gather to send counterfeit emails (in this case, renewal emails) to ‘scam’ unknowing domain registrants into renewing services that do not actually exist. They make the message so confusing that it often works because registrants are lead to believe that their domain(s) is expiring.

Our message? Be vigilant and know that your Safenames renewal emails will only ever come from us–and this is likely the same for all domain registrars. If you have any questions about this post, please contact Safenames in the UK at +44 1908 200022 (emeasales@safenames.net) or in the US at +1 703 574 5313 (nasales@safenames.net).

Recently, the Certificate Authority/Browser Forum sent a notification to Certificate Authorities as a reminder, asking that they discontinue supporting SHA-1 SSL certificates for both SSL and code signing. If you currently have a SHA-1 certificate(s), either in production or in a testing environment, it is important that you replace it before December 31, 2015 with SHA-256/TLS certificates as soon as possible, as there are associated risks to site performance and your site could become compromised.

If you have any questions about SSL certificates, contact Safenames in the UK at +44 1908 200022 (emeasales@safenames.net) or in the US at +1 703 574 5313 (nasales@safenames.net).

 

New gTLDs .PORN and .ADULT entered TM Sunrise today, March 2, 2015. This exclusive registration phase will remain open through April 1, 2015, but the registry will also launch another Sunrise phase, a domain matching phase, and General Availability:

  • TM Sunrise B :: Scheduled to open April 6, 2015 and remain open through April 30, 2015
  • Domain Matching :: Scheduled to open May 6, 2015 and remain open through May 31, 2015
  • General Availability :: Scheduled to open May 31, 2015

The ICM Registry is not offering any registry blocks for these two new gTLDs, like they did for .XXX. If you are interested in protecting your brand/TM, you may register .porn/.adult domains during one of the launch phases. For questions about this launch please contact Safenames in the UK at +44 1908 200022 (emeasales@safenames.net) or in the US at +1 703 574 5313 (nasales@safenames.net).

New gTLD .SPACE is now in TM Sunrise — this exclusive registration phase will remain open through January 10, 2015. The registry will host an Landursh Period from January 19, 2015 through January 26, 2015, and General Availability (GA) will open January 28, 2015. Registering additional domains (specifically new gTLDs) can help protect your brand(s) online within specific markets, and is one of the best way to optimize your naming strategy.

For questions about this launch please contact Safenames in the UK at +44 1908 200022 (emeasales@safenames.net) or in the US at +1 703 574 5313 (nasales@safenames.net).

Recent CENTR’s (the European ccTLD not for profit association dedicated to supporting the interest of country code TLD managers) report states that as of August 1, 2014, “there are 282,525,140 domain name registered in the world.” This is an increase of approximately 1.6% since May of this year (2014)—since May, an additional 4.5 million domains have been registered globally. This growth can be attributed to both country code registrations and new gTLDs; the current market share of new gTLDs is approximately 0.7% of the overall growth numbers, and that percentage is growing consistently.

Domain Registration by TLD Type:

Registrations               Change (3m)

ccTLD                                 129,388,192                       1.7%

ccTLD IDN                        1,244,863                           2.9%

Legacy  gTLD                   148,807,739                       0.3%

Sponsored TLDs               1,015,102                            7.9%  (including .travel, .XXX other restricted TLD’s)

New gTLDs                        2,070,244                           139.8%

Total                                   282,526,140                       1.3%

 

The top 20 largest ccTLDs represent roughly 82% of all ccTLD registrations globally and 38% of all domain names globally (gTLDs, ccTLDs etc).

Top 20 ccTLDs by Registrations:

Tokelau (.TK)                              26 Million

Germany (.DE)                            15.7 Million

China (.CN)                                  10.8 Million

United Kingdom (.UK)              10.5 Million

Netherlands (.NL)                      5.5 Million

Russian Federation (.RU)         4.9 Million

European Union (.EU)              3.8 Million

Brazil (.BR)                                  3.5 Million

Australia (.AU)                            2.9 Million

France (.FR)                                2.8 Million

Italy (.IT)                                      2.7 Million

Argentina (.AR)                          2.6 Million

Poland (.PL)                                2.5 Million

Canada (.CA)                               2.3 Million

Switzerland (.CH)                      1.9 Million

United States (.US)                    1.8 Million

Spain (.ES)                                   1.7 Million

Colombia (.CO)                          1.7 Million

India (.IN)                                    1.5 Million

Belgium (.BE)                            1.5 Million

 

For questions about this post please contact Safenames at +44 1908 200022 (emeasales@safenames.net) or in the US at +1 703 574 5313 (nasales@safenames.net).

 

Top level .NZ (New Zealand) domain names are now available for registration. Previously you could only register at the second level (i.e., .CO.NZ, ORG.NZ and/or NET.UK). The new .NZ extension offers a great space for you to build (or continue building) your online success story. Registering country code extensions allows businesses to strengthen their domain portfolio and naming strategy with a local online brand by registering shorter, more relevant domain names that signify a web site that contains information, goods, and services within New Zealand.

For questions about this post please contact Safenames at +44 1908 200022 (emeasales@safenames.net) or in the US at +1 703 574 5313 (nasales@safenames.net).

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