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The DomainTools Security Predictions for 2016

| December 15, 2015 | 2 Comments
The DomainTools Security Predictions for 2016

While we may not be the only ones doing it, we at DomainTools thought it would be worth offering some predictions for Cyber 2016. For folks planning their budgets, security strategy, initiatives, etc., it’s worth considering what they are likely to be up against in the coming months and years, and for those of us […]

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A long time ago in a zone file far, far away…

| November 17, 2015 | 1 Comment
A long time ago in a zone file far, far away…

It should come as no surprise that a small film franchise by the name of “Star Wars” recently released some snippets from the upcoming film “Episode VII: The Force Awakens”. If you have not seen the trailer, it comes highly recommended. Naturally DomainTools’ reaction to the trailer was a mixture of sheer delight and curiosity […]

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Hacktoberfest 2015

| October 21, 2015 | 0 Comments
Hacktoberfest 2015

Hack Days has become a quarterly tradition here at DomainTools, and although the “hack days” concept is now considered as cliche as owning a ping pong table and kegerator in the tech industry (check and check), there are a few things that make our own take unique. For example, rather than solely empowering our technical […]

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Implementing the Continuous Security Model

| October 8, 2015 | 1 Comment
Implementing the Continuous Security Model

In honor of cyber awareness month, the DomainTools team felt it important to share an effective approach when it comes to sustaining and maintaining a healthy security posture. As Lex Luthor once said, “the man of tomorrow is forged by his battles today.” This mentality is easily likened to a robust approach to continuous security, […]

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The Funniest New Feature We Didn’t Implement

| June 25, 2014 | 0 Comments
The Funniest New Feature We Didn’t Implement

Our friends at domaingang.com have a wry finger on the pulse of the domain industry. In celebration of the birthday of DomainTools board member Ammar Kubba, we didn’t put Ammar’s handsome mug in the place of our “gear” logo as they portray. But it’s got us thinking about it… Happy birthday, Ammar! The DomainTools Team […]

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Whois fixtures365.com and why is it suspended?

| January 21, 2014 | 0 Comments
Whois fixtures365.com and why is it suspended?

Answer: a (legal in the UK) betting site apparently owned by BSkyB that is temporarily suspended as a result of ICANN’s new Registrar agreement. As has been widely discussed in industry circles this morning, and reported on a number of other blogs, this is the first site of note that has fallen victim to the […]

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See You At NamesCon!

| January 13, 2014 | 1 Comment
See You At NamesCon!

2014 is going to be a big year for the domain industry, driven in large part by the advent of new gTLDs.  My friend Richard Lau is ringing in the new year by putting on the largest domain name conference in recent memory, this week in Las Vegas. DomainTools will be there and I encourage […]

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Twitter DNS Hack — Every Attack Leaves a Trace

| August 28, 2013 | 1 Comment
Twitter DNS Hack — Every Attack Leaves a Trace

As has been widely publicized, yesterday, August 27, a group claiming to be the Syrian Electronic Army (SEA) hacked into the MelbourneIT registrar and gained access to the registrar account of some very important clients including Twitter and the New York Times. DomainTools got some free publicity out of that as the initial announcement by the perpetrators used a DomainTools Whois record screenshot as evidence of the compromise. People (including many journalists) have been asking us what we know about the incident and, specifically, if the SEA did indeed get control of those domains. So we wanted to clear a few things up.

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Analysis of .PW Domain Registrations One Month After Launch

| May 8, 2013 | 6 Comments
Analysis of .PW Domain Registrations One Month After Launch

The launch of .PW has received a great deal of attention because it can indicate the kind of reception new gTLDs may receive.

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5 Things To Know About Managing Your Domain Information

| April 25, 2013 | 2 Comments
5 Things To Know About Managing Your Domain Information

All too often the Support Team here at DomainTools receives disconcerting stories from registrants who have no control over their domain names or websites. What is entirely surprising is how many registrants shift control of their business’ domain and/or website to outside resources without building a solid understanding as to how to manage their own domain assets.

With many trustworthy Registrars in today’s domain registration marketplace, with their volumes of Help and Support knowledge resources, it is mind boggling at times that people still blindly trust others to handle what may very well be one of their most crucial business decisions.

I have found that there are five basic tips that can be useful, to even the most novice domain registrants:

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