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Biz Has Launched!
After a variety of delays, the .biz domain name goes "live" today. From 00:00:01 EST November 7th, .biz names can be registered in real-time at domain registration sites across the Net.

How Secure Is Your Domain Name?
Fancy playing Russian roulette with your online business? Of course not, but if you knew how insecure your domain name might be, you'd realize what a risk you were taking. Here are five potential security risks pertaining to domain name ownership and tips to minimize them.

Considerations for Innocent Domain Name Owners
The ICANN Uniform Dispute Resolution Policy ("UDRP") and the Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act ("ACPA") present grave risks to innocent domain name owners. This page offers some general comments for domain name owners to assist them in avoiding loss of their domain names.

Want to open a .SHOP?
Fancy a .shop domain name? How about .ltd, .inc, or even .xxx?Thought all these names were rejected by ICANN and would never see the light of day?Think again.

This Uniform Domain Name Dispute Resolution Policy (the "Policy") has been adopted by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ("ICANN"), is incorporated by reference into your Registration Agreement, and sets forth the terms and conditions in connection with a dispute between you and any party other than us (the registrar) over the registration and use of an Internet domain name registered by you.

Help! I've Lost My Domain Name!
Imagine this: you wake up one morning to find your web site has disappeared, your e-mail has stopped working and a person you've never heard of is listed as the owner of your domain name. Such a Kafkaesque loss of digital identity is actually surprisingly common.

US Domain Name: Born in the USA
Quiz question - what is the domain name for the United States, is it .com perhaps? You would be forgiven for thinking so, since practically all US-based commercial web sites use the .com domain.

ICANN / VeriSign Redemption Period Farce!
When I first heard about the plans for a redemption period for expired domain names, I thought it was a terrific idea. In the past, too many domains have been deleted when for one reason or another, the owners wanted to continue using them.

Domain Goldrush Part 7 - WLS Gets ICANN Approval
After a long delay, ICANN recently approved the introduction of VeriSign's "Wait Listing Service" (WLS). For those of you not familiar with WLS, it is a registry-level first-come first-served subscription service for the automatic registration of deleted domain names.

Domain Goldrush Part 6 - Snap-Back To The Future?
Verisign Inc. have announced the details of a new system that will completely change the way deleting domain names are re-registered. Although the proposal has still to be commented on by the "Registrar Constituency", chances are that by March 20th, we'll all use this new system if we want to register expiring domain names.

Domain Goldrush Part 5 - Mother of All Drops
As fast as Verisign Inc., the corporation that controls the .com shared registry, put the brakes on the expiring domains industry, it has taken them off again. They have announced a short-term technical solution which will allow for the immediate resumption of batch domain releases.

Domain Goldrush Part 4 - Expiring Domains Industry on Hold
On the 10th August 2001, Verisign Inc., the company responsible for running the .com shared registry system, dropped a massive bomb-shell. They announced the immediate suspension of the "batch" release of deleted domain names. In one swift action, they put the entire expiring domains industry on hold until further notice.

Domain Goldrush Part 3 - Wild Wild West
The expiring domains goldrush, previously described in Part 1 of this series, is over - at least as far as the average domain speculator is concerned. As recently as six months ago anyone with a PC, a browser, and a good idea of when a hot domain name was going to expire, had a good chance of grabbing it, and often they'd make a small fortune in the process.

How To Create Profitable Domain Names
Earlier this year, I took time out in order to test the widely-held view that "all the best names had gone". In the space of two months, I registered nearly two hundred domain names - one hundred and ninety .coms, and ten .net addresses.

Reduce Your Domain Name Renewal Overheads!
Most people that have registered domain names in the past few years will be paying $35 per year to renew them, either via a web hosting company or directly to Network Solutions.

Take Responsibility for Domain Renewals
I'm sometimes contacted by site owners complaining their web site and e-mail has suddenly stopped working.

Benefits of Free Paid Domain Parking
Want to get paid to park your spare domains? Fancy knowing in real-time how many visitors these names receive?If you have answered yes to either of these questions, you should consider setting up your names with a domain parking service.

Give Domain Registration Information a Second Thought
Enter Honest and Complete Registration Information WHOIS data is very poorly protected by privacy laws, and is in fact available for any company to buy for $10,000 or less.



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