Beware this PayPal invoice for GoDaddy domains

Scammer is sending PayPal invoices for domain renewals. Fake domain name renewal emails are nothing new, but some aspects of one making the rounds are. A Website Hosting Review reader received a fake renewal notice today. Instead of being sent from the scammer, the person sent it as a PayPal invoice. Here’s what it looks like: A message on the invoice states: The paid registration period of the domain [domain] expired. It is necessary to…

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Upgrading GoDaddy two-factor authentication to a physical key

It’s a lot faster to log in with a physical key. A physical security key, like this one from Yubi, is more secure and also faster to use. At NamesCon in January, GoDaddy promoted the ability to use physical security keys that use the FIDO U2F standard for two-factor authentication. I already use a key for Google, so this was interesting to me. Not only is this more secure, but it’s much faster to use…

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.Com winners and Losers: Dynadot stays hot

Dynadot remains in the top ten registrars for new .com registrations. ICANN has published the latest official data from Verisign (NASDAQ: VRSN) about the .com namespace. This registrar-by-registrar report covers April 2019. Dynadot jumped into the top ten last month and it managed to stay there again this month. Dynadot has stopped its $6.99 promotional price on .com, so it will be interesting to see what happens when the Verisign/ICANN reports catch up to September.…

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GoDaddy launches updated Investor iOS app

Update app is a complete rebuild that will lead to new features in the future. GoDaddy has launched an updated GoDaddy Investor iOS app for bidding on domain name auctions. A new Android app should be released in the coming weeks. The updated app has a new look. It also lets you sort your lists by end time, price, alpha and auction type. While the features aren’t a big upgrade from the last version, a…

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How to improve GoDaddy appraisals

There was some debate on twitter this weekend about GoDaddy domain appraisals. This debate will never end but I have some suggestions for GoDaddy to improve its tool. 1. Change the language for domains greater than $25,000 Automated appraisals break down when domains are very valuable. GoDaddy displays the message “more than $25,000” for domains that are worth more than $25,000. People seem to focus on the $25,000 number anyway and complain about the value…

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GoDaddy gets patent for ‘Portfolio-based domain name recommendations’

Patent suggests ways a registrar can decide which domains to display to customers. Part of a diagram from GoDaddy’s latest patent related to domain name suggestions. The United States Patent and Trademark Office issued patent #10,387,959 to GoDaddy (NYSE: GDDY) today. The patent (pdf) for “Portfolio-based domain name recommendations” provides ways a domain name registrar can select which domain name suggestions to make to a customer. There are many examples covered in the patent. One…

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Turmoil in the SSL market

A big revenue generator is quickly declining. Google’s campaign in recent years to push websites to use an SSL certificate has been a boon to everyone in the SSL marketplace, including certificate issuers and hosting companies. But what Google giveth, Google can taketh away. And this is wreaking havoc on the business of selling SSL certificates. Google is continually downgrading positive indicators of SSL certificates in Google Chrome. Other browser makers are, too. Of course,…

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Tucows releases earnings, quantifies lift from GoDaddy Auctions

Margin contribution from domains up due to price increases and Ascio; Tucows also explains lift from moving Enom expiry stream. Tucows (NASDAQ: TCX) released second quarter earnings (pdf) yesterday after the close of the market. The company has three business lines: domain names, mobile service and internet service. For the domains segment, Q2 revenue was $60.5 million, up from $56.8 million in the same quarter last year. The domain business can be further broken down…

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CentralNic acquires Hexonet reseller for $3.4 million

Company closes Hexonet transaction and buys one of its resellers. Domain name company CentralNic (AIM: CNIC) has completed its acquisition of Hexonet, and scooped up one of its resellers for another NZD $5.2 million (USD $3.4m). It’s noteworthy that the company paid €10 million to acquire Hexonet and then secured one of its big resellers for an additional $3.4 million. The reseller, Ideegeo Group Limited, sells domain names at IWantMyName.com. Ideegeo has 80,000 customers and…

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Epik provides update on 8chan

Epik will provide registrar services but not content delivery. CEO Monster says, “Their community grew and their moderation skills did not.” A screenshot of 8ch.net, the 8chan website, on August 3. As captured by Archive.org. Further down the page are deragotry threads about black people and Jewish people, among others. Domain name registrar Epik has issued an update on providing services to 8chan. 8chan came under fire after the shooting in El Paso this weekend.…

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