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New “GEO” TLDs .eus (the top-level domain for Basque, a region located at the western end of the Pyrenees) and .gal (the top-level domain for Galicia, a community in northwest Spain) are now in Trademark Sunrise. Registering ‘geo’ domains is such a great way to enhance the credibility (reputation) of your business in specific regions (cities, countries, etc.).

TM Sunrise (as well as Landrush) for .eus and .gal will remain open though November 18, 2014, and General Availability will open on December 2, 2014. Because TM Sunrise and Landrush are open concurrently, registrations will be processed as follows:

  • Domains that are applied for between September 16 – November 18, 2014 and have an smd file will be treated as a TM Sunrise application.
  • Domains that are applied for during this period and do not have an smd file will be processed as a Landrush application.

During General Availability  domains will be registered on a first come, first served basis unless the name is blocked or reserved by the registry.

For 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).

Google recently released some interesting news. As part of their effort to promote improved online security they announced that ‘HTTPS’ sites (meaning, sites that have added a SSL 2048-bit key certificate) will see a rank increase.While ‘high-quality content’ is still the best way to rank high, competition is vast and stiff so every little bit helps. Google says that currently, the ‘SSL’ benefit is a “very lightweight signal,” but they “may decide to strengthen” the signal to incentivize business/site owners to switch from HTTP to HTTPS because this small change will help keep businesses safe online.

There are a number of benefits associated with leveraging SSL certificates for your website, not the least of which is that they can help increase SEO rankings, which means more web traffic, more opportunities, and increased revenue. But will going ‘HTTPS’ impact your SEO efforts —should you be concerned? Not so much. Google has claimed for years that going ‘HTTPS’ is not a major issue for SEO. That’s not to say you can make this switch and that everything will fall into place on its own. You will need to follow protocol and take the appropriate steps to ensure that your site traffic doesn’t suffer. For example, be sure to let Google know that you’ve moved your site from HTTP to HTTPS. Google says it will provide more documentation going forward, but until then, here are a few tips:

  • Decide what kind of certificate you need for your business/site (single, multi-domain, or wildcard)
  • Use 2048-bit key certificates
  • Use relative URLs for resources that reside on the same secure domain
  • Use protocol relative URLs for all other domains
  • Check out Google’s site move article for more guidelines on how to change your site’s address
  • Don’t block your HTTPS site from crawling using robots.txt
  • Allow indexing of your pages by search engines where possible. Avoid the noindex robots meta tag.
  • Track your HTTP to HTTPS migration carefully

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).

Donuts has launched TM Sunrise for a number of New gTLDs. The TM Sunrise period is specifically for trademark holders to register domains that are the exact match (e.g., trademarkname.TLD) to the existing corresponding trademark(s). If you want to protect your brand(s) within specific markets, registering additional domains (specifically new gTLDs), is the best way to optimize your naming strategy.

  • TM Sunrise for .furniture, .discount, .fitness, and .schule :: Now open through August 16, 2014
  • TM Sunrise for .gratis, .claims, .credit, and .creditcard :: Now open through August 23, 2014
  • TM Sunrise for .digital, .accountants, .finance, and .insure :: Now open through August 27, 2014
  • TM Sunrise for .loans, .life, .guide and .church :: Now open through September 6, 2014
  • TM Sunrise for .direct and .place :: Now open through September 13, 2014
  • TM Sunrise for .deals :: Now open through September 20, 2014
  • TM Sunrise for .city :: Now open through September 27, 2014

It’s important to note that only trademark holders who have received a valid signed mark data (SMD) file issued by the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) may apply for an exact match domain name during the Sunrise period for any new gTLD(s). If you have any questions about the launch of these or any other new Donuts gTLDs, please contact your Safenames account manager. You may also contact us in the UK at +44 1908 200022 (emeasales@safenames.net) or in the US at +1 703 574 5313 (nasales@safenames.net).

TM Sunrise for .LONDON, another New “GEO” TLD, is now open. This is among the first of many new gTLDs to launch, as part of ICANN’s new gTLD Program, for businesses, organizations and individuals that want to create an online naming presence in a specific city (geographic location).

This new .london domain extension is meant to enable businesses, organizations, and individuals to establish an online naming presence by registering shorter, more relevant domains that represent their business within a specific local geographic community–much like how .EU, .ASIA, etc. (ccTLDs) are used to denote a country or region.

It is important to note that the TM Sunrise and Landrush phases will run concurrently for .london. The TM Sunrise phase is specifically for trademark holders to register domains that are the exact match (e.g., trademarkname.TLD) to the existing corresponding trademark(s) and who have received a valid signed mark data (SMD) file issued by the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH). The Landrush ‘rules’ for registering .london domains during this time period are slightly different:  

  • Domains that are applied for during this phase (between April 29 – July 31, 2014) and have an smd file will be treated as a TM Sunrise application.
  • Domains that are applied for during this phase (between April 29 – July 31, 2014) and do not have a smd file will be processed as a Landrush application.

Should someone else have a valid trademark for a particular domain name ordered during this phase, the name will go to auction. General Availability is scheduled to open September 9, 2014 and domains will be registered on a first come, first served basis unless the name is blocked or reserved by the registry..

If you have questions about this new GeoTLDs please contact your Safenames account manager. You may also contact us in the UK at +44 1908 200022 (emeasales@safenames.net) or in the US at +1 703 574 5313(nasales@safenames.net).

A serious security vulnerability (“The Heartbleed Bug”) was recently discovered within OpenSSL, the software that some servers use to generate CSRs for SSL Certificates (note, CSRs generated on Windows IIS were not affected by this bug). This vulnerability existed for more than two years before identified/isolated, and was fairly easy to exploit, allowing attackers to steal information that was, under normal circumstances, protected by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the exchange of data on the Internet. SSL/TLS provides communication security and privacy over the Internet for applications such as web, email, instant messaging (IM), and some virtual private networks (VPNs). The Heartbleed bug allowed anyone on the Internet to read the memory of the systems that are ‘protected’ by a vulnerable version of the OpenSSL software. Essentially this means that the attackers were/are able to view/capture communications across networks, steal data (user names, passwords, credit card information, etc.) and impersonate services and users. Although Safenames was not impacted, when we learned of this security bug, we immediately took a specific set of actions to address this vulnerability including installing new SSLs with CSRs that were generated on the updated OpenSSL software. If you are running your own systems with OpenSSL versions 1.0.1 through 1.0.1f, your system was/is vulnerable and we suggest that you upgrade as soon as possible.

What else can you do to protect yourself? If you have not already done so, it is highly recommended that you change your passwords for sensitive accounts (banks, email, facebook, etc.). Also, don’t hesitate to reach out to small businesses that may have your data to ensure that they are secure. Larger organizations most certainly know about Heartbleed, and have addressed this issue, but some small businesses may not—in situations like this it’s much better to be safe than sorry. Keep a close eye on financial statements for the next few weeks/months. Why? Because attackers often have access to a server’s memory for credit card information even after a vulnerability has been mitigated/addressed.

If you have any questions about this post, please contact your Safenames account manager. You may also contact us in the UK at +44 1908 200022 (emeasales@safenames.net) or in the US at +1 703 574 5313 (nasales@safenames.net).

TM Sunrise is scheduled to launch for another round of new Donuts gTLDs; five more will enter TM Sunrise on April 15, 2014 and another four on April 22, 2014. The TM Sunrise period is specifically for trademark holders to register domains that are the exact match (e.g., trademarkname.TLD) to the existing corresponding trademark(s). If you want to protect your brand(s) within specific markets, registering additional domains (specifically new gTLDs), is the best way to optimize your naming strategy.

  • Trademark Sunrise for .tools, .industries, .parts, .supplies, and .supply :: Scheduled to open April 15, 2014 and remain open through June 14, 2014
  • Trademark Sunrise for .report, .vision, .fish, and .services :: Scheduled to open April 22, 2014 and remain open through June 21, 2014

It’s important to note that only trademark holders who have received a valid signed mark data (SMD) file issued by the Trademark Clearinghouse (TMCH) may apply for an exact match domain name during the Sunrise period for any new gTLD(s). If you have any questions about the launch of these or any other new Donuts gTLDs, please contact your Safenames account manager. You may also contact us in the UK at +44 1908 200022 (emeasales@safenames.net) or in the US at +1 703 574 5313 (nasales@safenames.net).

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