We’ve just been to the ICANN 44 conference in Prague and picked up information we think you need to know.
You may not be aware what ICANN (Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers) does or how important ICANN is to the Internet. If you think the role of ICANN is simply to ensure it “coordinates the Domain Name System (DNS)”, then you’re wrong.
Right now, the Internet community is on the edge of a “choice revolution” on the lead up to controversial new gTLD’s (Generic Top Level Domains) and at the same time your Domain registrant privacy is being hotly debated under pressure from international law enforcement agencies. ICANN is the place where these BIG issues get tackled and we’ve got the inside track.
Despite being one of the wealthiest tech companies in the world, Apple has lost a vital domain name portfolio for its hit iPad tablets. With the new retina display iPad announced yesterday at Yerba Buena Centre for Arts in San Francisco, we can reveal that www.iPad.com is a dead website, showing a construction site saying ‘coming soon’. Elsewhere a British design company that has been trading for over 18 years owns the lucrative www.apple.co.uk
While Apple does own the rights to apple.com, iPod.com, iWork.com, iCloud.com and iMac.com, the Cupertino-based tech innovators have lost control of their iPad name portfolio in its entirety – a practice widely called ‘cybersquatting’. With no new name revealed yesterday, Apple could have lost its iPad domains for good. Other domains that are in opportunists’ hands include:
- iPadHD.com – owned by an iPad accessories blogger called ‘Dave’
- iPad2.com – owned by Apple news website Mac Rumors
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Choosing your domain name is one of the most important things you will do for your online business – so careful attention should be paid to ensure you select the perfect domain for you.
The first thing you need to decide when choosing a domain name is whether you want it to be obvious to Internet users. The advantage to having a domain name that is clearly related to your website’s topic is it may help people find your website through keyword searches. Also, it may be easier for people to remember a domain name that is fairly intuitive.
Considerations for SEO
The first and obvious choice is your organisation name. However, this is not always the wisest choice. If it’s something inconspicuous then you’ll lose points from type in traffic, and if it’s no real reflection on your service, then you will lose on natural search traffic to your site.
When you get those renewal reminders for your domains and they get stuffed to the bottom of your inbox until the date whizzes past and they expire, it’s worth thinking about how you used those domains and what trail they leave across the digital landscape.
British hacker and entrepreneur, Ben Reyes, recently discovered that, through a domain he had newly registered, he was able to access someone else’s email history, calendar and contacts. Because the domain had been tied with Google Apps by the previous owner and then left to expire, when Ben came to link it himself he found he had the opportunity, through the reclamation process, to become the new owner.
Once this process was completed Ben found he had access to a cornucopia of personal data of the person who let the domain lapse. Armed with this data Ben knew he would have been able to unlock the security process of other big internet names like Amazon Web Services where potentially he could get access to such as the last 4 digits of the person credit card.