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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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.SE To Release One And Two Character Domains; Auctions for Most Popular

SE logo high res image.SE has decided to allow registration of .se domain names with only one character. The most attractive domain names will be released through an auction on Tradera.

The 18 .se domains up for auction include j.se, q.se, v.se, å.se, ä.se, ö.se, é.se, ü.se and 0.se – 9.se. The auction begins on May 28 and ends on June 10.

Other one-character domains will be released according to the first come, first serve principle on the morning of May 27. All are IDN domains/characters according to .SE’s official IDN table. Note that hyphen “-.se” cannot be registered. All one-character domains to be released on May 27 can be found in the pdf file here.

To enable registration of one-character domains, the .se system will be updated May 27 starting at 9:00. As soon as the patch is complete, the domains will be available to register. It is anticipated the update will take up to a couple of minutes.

Some domains will not be released. These .SE note include a.se, b.se, c.se,… (and others), as these are used as master domains according to an old policy from the time when registrations under domains’ county letters (katema.a.se) were allowed. Although this was some years ago, it is not possible to enter new registrations of domains under a master domain as many existing domains remain, and these domains may survive for as long as they are renewed.

This information is also available in Swedish.

.ME Passes 800,000 Registrations

domen-logo.gif Montenegro .ME logoSince its relaunch in 2008 as a more generic Top Level Domain, the Montenegrin ccTLD has been a hit and has now reached the 800,000 registrations mark.

The TLD is now marketed as a place for individuals and brands that want to be a bit more personal. The domain has continued to grow steadily in response to the global trend of nurturing personal identity online.

“This is a big day for us! Knowing that you are getting closer to one million domains in the registry is extremely rewarding”, stated Predrag Lesic, executive director of the .ME Registry. “We marketed .ME domains aggressively from the very beginning and as of now we have more than two hundred accredited registrar partners and customers from almost every country in the world. This could not have been done without them”.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Information Society and Telecommunications, Mr. Vujica Lazovic, PhD, emphasised that to date, the Government of Montenegro earned almost 17 million EUR from .ME domain registrations. “These funds were invested in the development of information society and eGovernment projects with the aim of raising awareness among general public about the importance of being involved in decision-making processes”. He also added: “Millions of Internet users can access the content available on .ME domains on daily basis and we are proud to say the .ME domain is one of the best exports from Montenegro”.

The registry in announcing reaching the milestone mentioned a few of the more prominent companies that have registered .me domains.

“Facebook got Fb.ME, WordPress.com registered Wp.ME, Tango and Line got tango.me and line.me, respectively. But it does not end there”, Mr. Lesic said, adding: “We knew that high quality content was of utmost importance for every new domain extension. Therefore, we decided to launch the Premium Domain Program and offer our most attractive domains to startups and large businesses working on innovative services and products. I am proud to say that Premium Domain Program graduates are the biggest contributor to the total of 169,000,000 indexed .ME pages on Google.”

Have Your Say As .AU Consults On Opening Up Second Level Registrations

The .au policy and regulatory body is currently consulting on a number of issues relating to the way .au domains are allocated and used, but the main issue is whether second level registrations such as name.au should be allowed.Today an issues paper was issued by auDA that has come out of its latest Names Policy Panel review, which happens approximately every three years.And the issue is topical following the introduction of second level registrations in the .uk (United Kingdom) and .nz (New Zealand) ccTLDs in 2014.The panel chair, Derek Whitehead, Adjunct Professor – Swinburne University of Technology writes, “this is an important time in the evolution of .au domain space, therefore we invite the Internet community to have their say, at this very early stage, where no definitive consensus has yet been made. The Names Policy Panel’s progress so far has not only focussed on the second level registration under .au, but extends to other issues raised regarding auDA policies governing the allocation of .au domain names. We have identified issues raised and encourage public input, to ensure early consideration as the panel discussions take shape.”Other issues being considered include:

  • what, if any, changes should be made to the eligibility and allocation policy rules for asn.au, com.au, id.au, net.au and org.au
  • should the domain name licence period be changed from the current two years to allow registrations from one to five years
  • how should expired domain names be made available or, as the issues paper explains it, “should the current second level domain eligibility criteria (ie. restricting com.au/net.au to commercial entities, org.au/asn.au to not-for-profit entities, id.au to individuals) be modified?
  • is the ‘close and substantial connection’ rule desirable?
  • what changes are required to address the new practice regarding business name registrations
  • the reserved list and misspellings.

The Names Policy Panel consists of nominated members of the Australian internet community, including this writer, who have expressed interest in helping shape policy for the .au domain space.For more information, to download the issues paper and submit a response either via an online survey or written submission, see:

.BM Now Requires $60 Registration/Renewal Fee

BermudaNIC logoThe Bermuda Government has reminded .bm registrants that all new registrations and renewals require a $60 fee.

There will be a one-month grace period given for registrations that are due to expire in the month of April so registrants will have until the end of next month to renew their domain name, according to an announcement in the Bermuda Gazette.

“This is a change for Bermuda, as we were possibly the only jurisdiction that did not charge for its country code top-level domain name,” said Grant Gibbons, the acting Minister of Home Affairs.

“The new fee will support the implementation of the new online registration system and allow for more efficient administration of the .bm domain names for clients.”

Only companies, charities and residents are able to register .bm domains.

.FR Offers Registration Periods of One to Ten Years

AFNIC logoAs of 30 March, registrants of .fr (France) domains, along with other ccTLDs managed by AFNIC, will be able to choose registration periods of one to ten years.

Prior to this change, registrants of .fr domains had to renew their domains every 12 months.

As well as .fr, the changes also apply to the overseas French ccTLDs managed by AFNIC – .re (Reunion Island), .pm (St. Pierre and Miquelon), .tf (French Southern and Antarctic Territories), .wf (Wallis and Futuna), and .yt (Mayotte).

For an open, secure and stable Internet: DENIC takes a stand on the future of Internet Governance

Denic Logo[news release] The central registry of the German country code Top Level Domain .de, DENIC, has prepared in collaboration with the German government and other German interest groups a position paper with recommendations for action for the future stewardship of the so-called IANA functions.

The U.S. administration announced in March last year its intention to relinquish its exclusive control of core Internet functions exercised by the Internet Assigned Numbers Authority (IANA), an organizational unit of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN), if certain parameters were complied with. ICANN is one of the global self-regulating organizations of the Internet and is chiefly responsible for co-ordinating and awarding key Internet resources.

The U.S. administration’s announcement concerns the supervision of the so-called “IANA functions”, which ICANN exercises on the basis of a contract with the U.S. administration. The IANA functions are basically technical and clerical in nature, like the management of IP addresses, protocol parameter management and administration of the root zone.

ICANN was tasked with elaborating a proposal for the future design of stewardship of the IANA functions. ICANN takes its decisions in so-called multistakeholder processes involving governments, the private sector, the technical community, academia and civil society.

DENIC CEO Dr Jörg SchweigerThe current discussion in two working groups that were established for this particular purpose is focusing on two different aspects: Firstly, the stewardship transition of the technical and clerical IANA functions (IANA Stewardship Transition), and secondly ICANN’s accountability in general (ICANN Accountability), with the aim to ensure that ICANN will continue to perform its tasks in the interest of the global public.

The contract between the U.S. administration and ICANN for the IANA functions expires on 30 September 2015. By that date a solution for a future stewardship model must have been defined. The German Internet Community makes a contribution towards this solution.

Joint position of the German stakeholders

“The redesign of the stewardship of the IANA functions is an opportunity to play an active part in shaping the processes governing the future management of key Internet resources,” emphasizes DENIC-CEO Dr. Jörg Schweiger.

The central guideline here is a clear affirmation of the multistakeholder model with inclusive participation of all the relevant groups (stakeholders) in their specific roles, for developing, deciding and implementing processes and regulations for the global Internet.

The top priority with regard to the IANA transition is “to create a stable, secure and easy solution. By no means must any Internet services be interrupted due to the transition,” says Jörg Schweiger.

The German government – represented by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy – and DENIC support and underpin that rules on country-code Top-Level Domains – in particular including .de – continue to be made solely within the respective country in accordance with relevant national rules and legislation. The established and well integrated TLD policies that have proven successful for years should be maintained unchanged. Rules and regulations by ICANN must be in line with national law or allow for special provisions in exceptional cases.

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.KY Domains Available For All In September 2015

Cayman Islands KY logo.KY domain names will be available to all as of 2 September 2015, but the regulatory body is introducing a registration fee for the first time.

The Cayman Islands Information and Communications Technology Authority has announced changes to its terms and conditions. Currently only individuals and entities located on the Cayman Islands are allowed to register .ky domains and they are free. But this costs the ICTA around $120,000 per year according to media reports.

The changes will mean anyone anywhere will be able to register .ky domains, but for an annual fee of $39.98 through the new provider of registry services, Uniregistry.

Registrants who had a .ky domain as of 2 March 2015 will have to re-apply before 2 September to renew that domain’s registration otherwise the domain will lapse and be available to all.

And there are restrictions though on how one uses their .ky domains. You will not be able to promote pornographic material, alcohol, gambling or spam.

“The .KY domain has been around longer than the ICTA, and up until now has been available free of charge to anyone who wanted to own a .KY domain name,” explained  ICTA Managing Director Alee Fa’amoe.

“The purpose of introducing the fee at this time is to give the domain some structure which will allow us to manage it better in partnership with Uniregistry. In addition, we think it will provide more accountability to the domain owners, and encourage them to actually utilise their .KY domain. We currently have approximately 10,000 domain name owners who would have to re-register and we hope that they will do so but we also look forward to welcoming new registrants before the September deadline.”

The move to better regulate the .KY domain and market internationally was welcomed by the Director of e-Government, Ian Tibbetts, who is tasked with overseeing the government’s transition to online services for many of its current customer interactions.

“I am pleased with the ICTA’s move to open the .KY domain as I believe it will strengthen the Cayman Islands’ position in the global market place, and is closely aligned with the Government’s determination to move forward with E-Government and work to enhance the perception and competitiveness of the jurisdiction,” said Tibbetts.

The ICTA is launching a public awareness campaign to educate the community about domains, specifically the importance and benefits of owning a dot KY domain. A Facebook page – www.facebook.com/ICTACayman – has been created and the public can also log on to www.icta.ky for more information or to search available domain names.

SWITCH Gets .CH Registry Contract Extension To 2017

SWITCH logoOn 20 March 2015, the SWITCH foundation and the Federal Office of Communications (OFCOM) signed an extension of the existing registry contract to 30 June 2017. But a public tender will be called in 2016 for the operation of the registry from July 2017 onwards.

The contract extension means that SWITCH will retain responsibility for the administration of .ch domain names and support for customers in transferring their .ch domain names to the registrars.

Commenting on the contract extension, the SWITCH foundation said as it has more than 27 years’ experience in operating the registry it offers the best possible protection for the Swiss internet thanks to its dedicated team of security experts. SWITCH is therefore confident that it will continue to be the best choice to operate this critical infrastructure for Switzerland going forward.

There has also been a significant policy change that came into effect on 1 January 2015 that saw the registry stopping selling .ch domain names directly to registrants, and since then it has been handing over the related client support to registrars. At present, some 500,000 .ch domain names are still registered directly with SWITCH by 270,000 clients. SWITCH will in future focus on operating the .ch domain name directory and on ensuring that the Swiss internet remains secure and stable.

Global Domain Growth Slows To Almost Half Of Two Years Ago: Verisign

The number of domain names around the world continues to grow, but the growth continues to slow even as new gTLDs add over 4.5 million registrations in the last 12 months.Four million domain names were added to the internet in the fourth quarter of 2014, bringing the total number of registered domain names to 288 million worldwide across all top-level domains as of 31 December, 2014, according to the latest Domain Name Industry Brief.The increase of four million domain names globally equates to a growth rate of 1.3 percent over the third quarter of 2014. Worldwide registrations have grown by 16.9 million, or 6.2 percent, year over year.This compares to an increase of five million domains in the fourth quarter of 2013 and 6.1 million in the fourth quarter of 2012, equating to growth rates of 1.9 and 2.5 percent respectively over the previous quarters. On a yearly basis worldwide registrations grew by 18.5 million, or 7.3 percent, in 2013 and 26.6 million, or 11.8 percent in 2012, year over year.The .com and .net TLDs experienced aggregate growth in the fourth quarter of 2014, reaching a combined total of approximately 130.6 million domain names in the domain name base for .com and .net. This represents a 2.7 percent increase year over year. As of 31 December the base of registered names in .com equalled 115.6 million names, while .net equalled 15.0 million names.New .com and .net registrations totalled 8.2 million during the fourth quarter of 2014. In the fourth quarter of 2013, new .com and .net registrations totalled 8.2 million, and 8.0 and 7.9 million in the corresponding quarters in 2012 and 2011.Total ccTLD registrations were 134.0 million domain names, a 1.5 percent increase quarter over quarter, and an 8.7 percent increase year over year. The corresponding figures for two years ago were a 4.2 percent increase quarter over quarter, and a 13.2 percent increase year over year in the base.The order of the top TLDs in terms of zone size changed slightly when compared to the third quarter, as .nl (Netherlands) moved up a ranking from the tenth-largest TLD to the ninth-largest TLD, resulting in .info moving down one ranking to the tenth-largest TLD.Among the 10 largest ccTLDs, .tk (Tokelau) grew the fastest, with 4.0 percent overall quarter-over-quarter growth. At the end of December there were 285 global ccTLD extensions delegated in the root (including Internationalised Domain Names), with the top 10 ccTLDs composing 67.2 percent of all ccTLD registrations.At the end of the fourth quarter of 2014, 478 new gTLDs were delegated into the root; 65 of which were delegated during the fourth quarter of 2014. New gTLD registrations totalled 3.6 million, or 2.3 percent of total gTLD registrations.During the fourth quarter of 2014, Verisign’s average daily Domain Name System (DNS) query load was 110 billion across all TLDs operated by Verisign, with a peak of 146 billion. Compared to the previous quarter, the daily average decreased 3.7 percent and the peak decreased 54.0 percent. Year over year, the daily average query load increased 33.5 percent and the peak query load increased 47.1 percent. Two years ago the query load was 77 billion across all TLDs operated by Verisign with a peak of 123 billion.The report also includes a short article on understanding the implications of the DNS control plane and the full benefits of DNS Security Extensions (DNSSEC) can help to minimise your attack surface and enhance your security posture.An archive of Verisign Domain Name Industry Briefs is available from: