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.BE First European ccTLD Registry To Go To The Clouds

DNS Belgium logoAfter several months of preparation, DNS Belgium announced in February they moved their registration platform, on which their registrars register new .be domain names, to the cloud. It was, they said, a big step forward when it comes to security and efficiency. And the first of its kind in the European domain name world.

Saturday 11 February, the move commenced for the Belgian country code top level domain (ccTLD) and in the end the migration went smoother than expected. Earlier at the beginning of February the registrars’ test system, which is a system that provides all facets of our registration system as part of a test set-up, was also moved.

Before opting for cloud services provided by AWS, DNS Belgium conducted a thorough analysis of the availability, services and security. Since AWS (Amazon Web Services) takes care of the hardware, connectivity etc., DNS Belgium can focus on the software, enabling them to automise routine technical operations and describe all aspects of their platform in code.

In the domain name world, .be is the first European registry to have its registration system in the cloud.

DNS Belgium: Can A Judge Seize A .BE Domain Name?

The Swedish government has long been waging a struggle against “The Pirate Bay,” an online platform for the illegal downloading of music, films, games and software. On 12 May 2016, the Swedish Court of Appeal ruled in a case against Punt SE, the Swedish registry, about the domain names of “The Pirate Bay”. It upheld an early decision by a judge who had confiscated two domain names of “The Pirate Bay” (thepiratebay.se and piratebay.se). Punt SE was required to transfer the ownership of the domain names to the Swedish state.

DNS Belgium logoCould that happen in Belgium as well?

Whether that can happen in Belgium depends on the specific context and on whether there are legal grounds for it: is there infringement on intellectual property rights? Economic fraud or misleading practices? A criminal offence, e.g. child pornography?  A judge will investigate each time whether there is a possibility pursuant to the underlying legislation.

A second important difference between Belgium and Sweden is that confiscation can be carried out on the holder of a domain name, and not the registry. The registry is responsible for the technical and administrative management only.

When the crown prosecution service issues a requisition to get a domain name offline, the domain name in question is withdrawn. The 2 leading registries in Belgium, DNS Belgium and EURid, comply with the requisitions of the crown prosecution service in each case.

BAF vs. Telenet & Belgacom

A court has already ordered the withdrawal of a domain name in the past. In 2011, BAF, the Belgian Anti-piracy Federation, won a case against Telenet and Belgacom concerning some domain names of “The Pirate Bay”. Belgacom and Telenet had to make surfing to those websites impossible by either blocking the IP addresses or by blocking traffic to the domain name.

Alas, this measure is not the most efficient. Just a few days after the ruling, the company behind “The Pirate Bay” registered the domain name “depiraatbaai.be” and started using it. In Sweden “The Pirate Bay” can be reached “thepiratebay.org”, the domain name with which it all began for them all those years ago.

To be continued

The saga of the Swedish domain names of “The Pirate Bay” has not run its course yet with the ruling of the court of appeal. One of the co-founders of “The Pirate Bay”, Fredrik Neij, did not agree with the ruling and has appealed the decision to the highest judicial body of Sweden, the “Högsta domstolen”. The essence of the case:  should the confiscation be directed against Fredrik Neij or Punkt SE? To be continued without any doubt.

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2015 CENTR Awards finalists revealed

CENTR small logo[news release] CENTR today announced the shortlisted candidates in each of the five categories of the 2015 CENTR Awards, which aim at highlighting ccTLD registry projects, teams and people that are making a difference in the industry.

Marketing category:
• AustriaLoves.at – “Darlinks” of the nation, NIC.AT (.at)
• Domain Pirates campaign, IIS (.se)
• “Without a name it remains a dream” campaign, Registro.it

Corporate and Social Responsibility (CSR) category:
• OPTIMISE Fund, IEDR (.ie)
• Browse in Catalan, Fundació PuntCAT (.cat)
• Community Investment Program, CIRA (.ca)

Research and Development (R&D) category:
• Zonemaster by Afnic and .IIS (.fr, .se)
• Knot DNS by CZ.NIC (.cz)
• turing by Nominet (.uk)

Security category:
• Rapid adoption of DNSSEC, Norid (.no)
• Collaboration on auditing the ISO27001 ISMS, Christa Falkensammer (SWITCH [.ch]), Boban Krsic (DENIC [.de]) and Christian Proschinger (NIC.AT [.at])
• Turris Project, CZ.NIC (.cz)

Contributor of the Year category:
• Lise Fuhr (DK Hostmaster, .dk) and Mathieu Weill (Afnic, .fr) (combined nomination)
• CZ.NIC (Registry as a whole)
• Marcos Sanz (DENIC, .de)
• Kristof Tuyteleers (DNS Belgium, .be)

All shortlisted nominations in the first four categories were forwarded to Jury members, who have until 18 September to submit their choices. “This shortlist is very promising”, says Carolina Aguerre, LACTLD General Manager and Chair of the 2015 CENTR Awards Jury. “We really look forward to diving into the details of each project.”

This year, the CENTR community will also be voting for the Contributor of the Year Award. Votes are open to full and associate CENTR members, with one ballot per member.

The winners this year’s edition will be announced at the 2015 CENTR Awards Ceremony in Brussels on 7 October.

Congratulations to all participants!

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Freedom of choice in domain names

DNS Belgium logoFrom .ads to .zip. From 2 or 3 characters (.ca and .bio) to 12 or 13 characters (.versicherung and .international). Domain extensions based on geography, media, entertainment, culture, education, technology, sports, health, business, brands and finance. It seems like we have an almost unlimited choice. More than 800 new extensions were launched last year and we can now choose out of 1.300 domain extensions. Did you know that?

Relevant extension + meaningful (domain) name = distinct online identity

When building a website, you choose a certain name, a specific address where people can find you online. For example: I’m selling writing materials and I want to create a website with a virtual shop. Therefore, I first need to register a domain name. Paper.be and pen.be are already registered so I’ll settle for writing-materials.be, or not?

The choice of an extension shouldn’t be automatic and a .be no longer an obvious choice. It’s clever to carefully consider the extension of your domain name. Dot com and dot net are for example more generic but also uninformative extensions. New extensions offer the opportunity to enrich your name online and to make that name clearer. In my case, I might choose paper.vlaanderen because this domain name is still available, in contrast with paper.be. My workplace is situated in Leuven, my clients are mainly Flemish and I only send orders within Belgium, that’s why a .vlaanderen suits me. I could also opt for paper.shop, paper.club, paper.center, paper.design or paper.expert. These extensions add something relevant about me or my business to my online name and as a result, it helps me with a strong online branding.

3 tips when switching to a new domain name

You can consider a new domain extension when registering a domain name for a new purpose, project or product. From an SEO perspective, a new domain name doesn’t mean that much because a domain name as such doesn’t have a lot of effect on your ranking. That’s why we wouldn’t recommend replacing an existing (well-known) domain for a new one. When you do move your website and you switch from one domain to another, here are some useful tips:

1. Use the migration function from Google Webmaster tools and limit possible loss in ranking by correctly redirecting your old domain name to your new domain name. To do this, you use a 301 redirect, in which Google ‘transfers’ rankings from one page to another. Avoid chain redirects; always refer to the final destination page.

2. Avoid duplicate content. Google doesn’t like to see the same content appear in different places (different domains with the same IP address). Customize your content when you use different domains. In this way, you’ll avoid penalties (or loss of certain key word positions).

3. Take care of your link profile and avoid broken links. Make sure that external referrals link to your new domain and try to gain new links/referrals as well. In this way, your authority remains quite intact and you can try to rebuild it (if necessary).

An overview of all active domain extensions (in Latin script):

This news release/post was sourced from the DNS Belgium website here.


Control your .be domain name

DNS Belgium logo[news release] The importance of domain names keeps rising. Is your website highly trafficked, does it represent a large brand or does it have a web shop? If so, you should consider the level of protection your .be domain name needs. DNS Belgium offers the necessary tools to secure your .be domain as well as possible.

Protection against unintended transfers

In exceptional cases, somebody else might gain control over your e-mail address and transfer your .be domain name to his own name, without your knowledge. On your request, your registrar can at any time enable a Transfer Lock  for your .be domain name.

With this lock active, anyone who tries to execute a transfer of your domain name to a new registrant or registrar will get an error. If you do want to transfer your domain name, simply ask your registrar to de-activate the lock. If you want to check whether your domain name is protected against unwanted transfers, look it up in WHOIS (bottom of the page: Transfer status).

Security at the level of the registry

What would happen when a hacker poses as yourself and tries to gain access to your account at your registrar? With the necessary effort, this might work. He can then change a few critical domain name details, such as name servers, causing your website to go offline. In a worst case scenario, you might even lose your domain name to your competitors.  When this happens to a popular website, its business and reputation suffer immeasurable damage. That’s why brand names, financial services, media companies and popular websites would benefit from better protection. Domain Guard, the newest service from DNS Belgium, can help you with this.

Domain Guard makes sure that even your registrar cannot just change the details linked to your .be domain name. Your domain name can therefore not be transferred or deleted without your approval. Whenever DNS Belgium receives a request to change anything related to your domain name, it will contact an authorised person for your domain name. If you wish to protect your domain name using Domain Guard, please contact your registrar and ask him if he offers this service. More information can be found on our website.

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DNS Belgium Advises .BE Registrants To Be Wary Of “Invoices” from BE Domein Host

[news release] DNS Belgium received some questions and complaints in regards to recent “invoices” from the company BE Domein Host. We would like to stress that this company is unknown to us, and is not a DNS Belgium registrar.

DNS Belgium advises everyone who receives an “invoice” from BE Domein Host to read the document carefully. The document is not an invoice but an offer for a service, in this case the registration of a .info domain name. You are therefore not required to accept this offer or to execute a payment.

The offer does not relate to your .be registration. It is merely an offer to register the .info domain name that corresponds to your .be domain name.
In the Netherlands a similar type of “invoices” are distributed. There the company is called NL Domein Host. Our colleagues form SIDN have also written an article on the matter.

We advise .be domain name holders to always contact their registrar in case of doubt. He will be able to provide you with more information regarding these types of offers and assist you in selecting services that might be of benefit to you.

Below you will find an example of the “invoice” in question.

Factuur BE Domein Host

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DNS Belgium Introduces Domain Guard To Protects .BE Domains

[news release] Some domain names are so important or of such great value that you want to have total control over them. You also want to be absolutely sure that no alterations take place without your explicit approval.  To meet this need, DNS Belgium has created Domain Guard, which is designed to enable you to give your domain name the strong security and protection you want.

If ever a request is made to modify something about your domain name or the details relating to it, DNS Belgium will contact the authorised person designated by you to ask for approval.

It may be highly unusual, but it is possible for a domain name to be deleted inadvertently. Unscrupulous individuals may also deliberately attempt to hijack domain names or make changes to the registration details. But with the strength of Domain Guard, these sorts of scenarios can be avoided and you can be 100 per cent certain that your domain name is safe.

Domain Guard ensures that your registrar is unable to alter the details linked to your domain name. This means that your domain name cannot be deleted or transferred. Some of the other TLDs call this service “Registry Lock”.

More information about Domain Guard and how you need to request it for your domain name.

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New Terms & Conditions For .BE

From mid-November onwards, DNS Belgium will be offering a new service to the registrants of .be domain names, called the “Domain Guard”. DNS Belgium therefore made some minor changes to the Terms and Conditions that apply to all .be domain names.

When registering your domain name with your registrar, the latter normally asked you to accept the current version of the terms and conditions.

The new version (5.2) contains a description of the new service, the “Domain Guard”. This new functionality prevents any unwanted configuration alteration, update, transfer or cancellation of the domain name in question.

The new terms and conditions will come into force on 3 November 2014 and will, from that date, apply to all registered .be domain names and their respective registrants.

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DNS Belgium Warns Watch Out For Similar Domain Names

[news release] We recently received reports detailing a far-reaching type of fraud. The fraudsters reserve a domain name that strongly resembles the actual domain name of a web shop and build an accurate replica of the site of this web shop. Then they offer the same products but at rock-bottom prices. Of course, these products don’t actually exist and the visitors of the site are defrauded.

This aggressive form of fraud is detrimental both to users and the owner of the actual web shop. The user pays for a non-existing product and will, in all likelihood, never see his money again. In addition, the actual web shop owner may suffer reputational damage due to the fraudsters posing as the company in question.

What can you do about it?

We would advise all users to be extra careful. When products are offered at (incredibly) low prices, it’s usually too good to be true. When in doubt regarding the authenticity of a site, you can always try to contact the shop by calling the number listed on the website. In case of fraud this number will often not be connected, which is a first indication of possible fraud. You can also look up the domain name in question via our site. Just click through on the WHOIS information. If this information lists a different company altogether, possibly with a foreign address, then this is yet another indication of fraud.

It is also a good idea to note which payment system the website is using. Reliable web shops generally use an equally reliable payment provider (e.g. Ogone – now Ingenico Payment Services) or a known online payment system (e.g. PayPal). Also remember to check whether the URL of the page where you are entering your card data is secure: http becomes https (s for ‘secure’).

Are you the owner of a .be domain name for, say, a web shop? Then you can use our variant check free of charge. This tool checks our .be database for domain names that resemble yours. This will make it easy for you to detect possible fraud.

Are you the victim of fraud? If so, you may consider using the alternative dispute settlement procedure. Incidentally, in case of a favourable outcome, DNS Belgium will reimburse the cost of this procedure.

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Check If Your .BE Domain Name Has Variants

DNS.be logo[news release] From 22 January DNS Belgium enables a .be registrant to request a list of domain names that have similarities with your domain name. You can also view the details of the registrant of this domain names.

It is easy enough: you just fill in your .be domain name in the WHOIS box on this website. At the bottom of the page with the WHOIS results you can request a list of the variants of this particular name. DNS Belgium then sends an e-mail to the e-mail address held in our registration system. This e-mail contains a list of variants of your domain name and also provides the link to the WHOIS results for these .be domain names.

This enables you to easily check which .be domain names have been registered that have similarities with your domain name. If the list contains a domain name that has been registered by a third party and you believe you have a right to it, you can always contact the current registrant.

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