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Monthly Archive for April, 2018

Here’s why Efty users are best prepared for GDPR

April 30, 2018DomainingComments Off on Here’s why Efty users are best prepared for GDPR
 Efty.com: Unless you have been living under a rock for the past months you probably know that after May 25th public access to WHOIS is going to change significantly. This privacy regulation will have a major impact on the domain name industry and how buyers find domain name owners. Here’s how Efty can help.

Rick Schwartz hints at a potential return to the blogging world

April 30, 2018DomainingComments Off on Rick Schwartz hints at a potential return to the blogging world
 MorganLinton.com: When I first started buying and selling domain names there were a handful of blogs that I read religiously, Rick Schwartz’s blog – RicksBlog.com was one of them. What I always appreciated about Rick’s blog is that first and foremost, he is a very experienced and incredibly successful domain investor, period, no doub...

Domain hoarders anonymous

April 30, 2018DomainingComments Off on Domain hoarders anonymous
 TNTNames.com: Today: Visit The Domain You’re Buying Before You Buy It / Reinitiating failed domain transfers / 22278.com Sold for $13,750 / And more! Here are the new discussions that caught my eye in the domain community today: Looking for .com … Continue reading →

Sandeep Ramchandani, CEO of Radix – DNW Podcast #183

April 30, 2018Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Sandeep Ramchandani, CEO of Radix – DNW Podcast #183

Radix CEO explains the company’s strategy.

dnw-podcastThis week we talk about new top level domain names with Sandeep Ramchandani, CEO of Radix. Radix is a portfolio new TLD company that focuses on generic extensions such as .online and .site. Sandeep reveals the company’s results so far, talks about how to value a top level namespace, discusses premium domains, and explains how he plans to grow his business. Also: Square buys Weebly, Verisign earnings, Cooperative Agreement, Google’s domain patent app, France.com, privacy, .web and more.

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Merge! announces the preliminary conference agenda

April 30, 2018DomainingComments Off on Merge! announces the preliminary conference agenda
 OnlineDomain.com: Merge! has announced the preliminary conference agenda for the upcoming show in Orlando. Not many details were shared but you can get a sense on how the agenda will be like and this way you may schedule your trip to Orlando. Merge has great plans for September 15-18, 2018 in Orlando with multiple shows under … The post Merge! a...

Security vs. Privacy with GDPR

April 30, 2018Domaining, DomainnamewireComments Off on Security vs. Privacy with GDPR

There’s a real security issue with ditching public Whois. Do the benefits outweigh the costs?

I’ve written a lot about GDPR and how the domain registrar/registry ecosystem is responding to it. Privacy advocates are using this as an opportunity to push for privacy across the board, and I think this is a bad idea.

Security journalist Brian Krebs wrote an excellent Q&A on Friday explaining the trade-offs that come with no public Whois. He gives concrete examples of how he (and security researchers) have used Whois to track down bad guys. Many people reading this blog have also used Whois for the same purpose, such as tracking down stolen domains.

It’s the last two paragraphs of Kreb’s post that I think are most important:

If opponents of the current WHOIS system are being intellectually honest, they will make the following argument and stick to it: By restricting access to information currently available in the WHOIS system, whatever losses or negative consequences on security we may suffer as a result will be worth the cost in terms of added privacy. That’s an argument I can respect, if not agree with.

But for the most part that’s not the refrain I’m hearing. Instead, what this camp seems to be saying is if you’re not on board with the WHOIS changes that will be brought about by the GDPR, then there must be something wrong with you, and in any case here a bunch of thinly-sourced reasons why the coming changes might not be that bad.

It is frustrating to read advocacy pieces from groups that downplay the damage that hidden Whois will have. It’s true that there will be some good things that come from hiding registrant information. I’d argue the bad outweighs the good.

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What Bitcoin Is Really Worth May No Longer Be Such a Mystery

April 30, 2018DomainingComments Off on What Bitcoin Is Really Worth May No Longer Be Such a Mystery
 The Frager factor: Today: Branding, Happiness, Career,  Bitcoin,32-day world week, College students, Cannabis jobs, Investments How To Improve Brand Marketing Stay Busy. Stay Healthy. Stay Happy Reinvigorate Your Career by Taking the Right Kind of Risk Why Bitcoin Is Going To Be Different This Time and ... Yo...

20,000 domains registered and not 1 sale

April 30, 2018DomainingComments Off on 20,000 domains registered and not 1 sale
 The Domains: Darryl E. S. Lopes formerly worked for Uniregistry as a broker and he posted a story on LinkedIn and Namepros about registering 20,000 .xyz names at .01 each. Darryl reported that he did not make one sale in the year he held them. Had to be a lot of work to register 20,000 names. He […] The post 20,000 domains registered and no...

#Directnic wants to give you a FREE .com #domain name – how to claim it

April 30, 2018DomainingComments Off on #Directnic wants to give you a FREE .com #domain name – how to claim it
 DomainGang.com: Directnic, mother company of Fabulous.com and a fab sponsor of our publication, is giving away a FREE .com domain name. That’s right. Not a lesser quality TLD, this is the real deal, as Verisign – managers of the .com extension – are present at the same industry event. Which event is it, and how can […] Copyri...

AUCTION RECAP OF APRIL 29, 2018

April 30, 2018DomainingComments Off on AUCTION RECAP OF APRIL 29, 2018
 DSAD.com: A comprehensive look at the final auction prices, closeouts and more from the auction list posted on April 29, 2018. If there is an asterisk (*) next to a price, it means that the name was at auction from a private seller (rather than an expiring name) and may have had a reserve.  I’m only showing where the price was when the a...