Consider These Things Before You Register a Domain 1

Consider These Things Before You Register a Domain

Things to Consider Before You Register a Domain With Any Providers (Part 1)

Setting up a website requires an essential step, which is registering a domain name. It is even more so important now as the Covid-19 pandemic has accelerated the process, where many businesses are moving online and therefore registering their preferred domain names. The domain name registration industry has evolved a long way since more than 30 years ago. It has become so huge that it is now a billion-dollar industry. As of the first quarter of 2020, there are well over 365 million domain names registered. It shows that people around the world are actively registering domains and the number of registered domain names are slowly but steadily increasing. If you are actively helping your customer to register domain names, here are 10 the (or 5) things you need to consider before you register a domain with any providers.

1. Be Cautious of the Advertised Cost

Domain registration providers like to display an attractive low price to draw the interest of users who are looking to register a domain. It is their marketing tactic and it is widely used by many providers. However, most of the time, the unbelievable low price displayed is for the first-year registration fee only. The real and hidden cost of annual renewal is usually at a much higher price, and many users who are attracted by the low price rush to register, only to after that discover the steep increase in renewal cost. Make sure to be extra careful and check the real cost of registering and the annual renewal cost of the domain name!

At WebNIC, we make sure to show the original price beside our advertised price for high transparency, as shown here in our promotion page.

2. Beware of Hidden Fees

Registration fee is a consideration factor, but so are hidden fees. Some providers take advantage of the fact that most users tend to be lazy to read the “Terms & Conditions” and add in these extra charges in it. Hidden fees can include many things, most notably for the below scenarios:

“Upsell” and “cross-sell” for domains or services that the user might not actually need. One example is automatic selecting other domain extensions for the user’s selected .COM domain (auto tick .NET, .ORG). Or cross-sell other unnecessary services, which he/she might not need at the moment.

“Transfer-out” fees. Some providers secretly charge a processing fee if the domain owner decides to transfer his/her domain name to another provider. It is against the policy of ICANN and if you happen to come across this situation, be sure to report the provider to ICANN. Less ethical providers might also intentionally complicate the process and charge you a service fee to help you perform the transfer-out process.

“WHOIS or RDAP” fees. Some unethical providers also charge extra fees on processing WHOIS or RDAP info. For example, if the domain owner wishes to update the email address in the WHOIS database, an unethical provider will charge him/her to do so.

Note that hidden fees are not limited to these only, but it might also include many other questionable charges, some even to the extent of too ridiculous to comprehend. Be sure to be on the lookout for such providers.

We at WebNIC do not intentionally hide extra charges in our Policy & Agreement. We state clearly applicable charges and do not charge users unnecessarily.

3. WHOIS Privacy

Every domain name owner’s info is recorded in a public database, WHOIS. The info can include the owner’s full name, email address, phone number, address and more. The info is easily accessible by the public by doing a domain search on WHOIS. It is sensitive info and hence most of the good reputation registrars will offer WHOIS privacy protection for free. Make sure to stay away from providers who charge you a fee for this feature. A good domain registration provider allows you to freely change your WHOIS privacy settings easily for free.

Beware of providers who also offer “privacy services” by offering to put their details instead of the domain owner’s details on the WHOIS database. This approach secretly gives them ownership of the domain instead of the original domain owner, and it is a disguise of the so-called “privacy services”. Essentially, they own the domain and they can secretly sell it should they see more value in selling it rather than retaining it for the domain owner. If a dispute case occurs, it is almost a guaranteed outcome that the original domain owner loses the case, regardless of whatever “Terms & Conditions” outlined by the providers. It is because the provider owns the name in the WHOIS database.

Another thing to look out for regarding WHOIS privacy is the price trap. Some providers promote on the surface free WHOIS privacy, but it comes with a catch. They configure their system to offer free for the first year, but when the domain renews, it then resets at a much, much higher fee. There are also cases where it is free for the first month, but from the second month onwards, it resets to a higher fee. Be sure to watch out for charges like these, as mentioned in point number 2 above.

WebNIC offers free WHOIS privacy service as stated in our Policy & Agreement. We do not charge hidden fees and we also make it easy for our partners to edit their WHOIS settings through our partner dashboard.

4. Data Protection

Some providers fail to protect a domain owner’s information by not offering a proper WHOIS privacy service, causing his/her data to be susceptible to exploitation by hackers and scammers. Sometimes, they make it even worse by taking advantage of the data they have on a domain owner when he/she registers a domain with them. Not only do they force domain owners to pay a premium for “privacy services”, they also sell the domain owner’s data to third-parties, such as marketing companies for a profit.

At WebNIC, we make it our commitment to protect and safeguard our partners’ data and their respective customers’ data. Our privacy policy clearly outlines our obligations to our users.

5. The Multi-year Registration Package

If you are registering a domain through a multi-year package because it’s cheaper, be sure to confirm your registration years after paying the registration fee. Some providers offer multi-year on the surface, but secretly helps the user to register 1 year only, pocketing the remaining money. Usually, providers offer plans like this with a strict no refund policy. An awkward situation might then occur whereby they provide poor customer service up to the point that it drives the customer away. In the end, they pocket 5 years’ worth of registration fee but only paid for a 1-year registration, which is most often at a hugely discounted price, further reducing their cost. They stand to gain more money through this unethical approach. Make sure to steer clear of snake providers like these.

WebNIC is committed to full transparency and trustworthiness while working with our partners. We deliver what we promise, and we place trust as our first priority in providing all of our services.

Conclusion

There are still more things to consider before a user registers a domain with any providers. The 5 points mentioned here are just Part 1. Do stay tune for part 2. Therefore, before you start selling domain registration services, make sure to keep these things in mind when choosing your preferred domain partner. The great news is, WebNIC is a trusted domain registrar with more than 20 years of experience in the domain wholesale and reseller service. We do not engage in any unethical actions as mentioned in this article here. Not only do we offer a wide range of domains to help our partners to become a domain reseller and grow their domain business with us, we also work hard to provide a high transparency level and most importantly, a high level of trust and service quality to all our partners. If you are still wondering which registrar to work with, then WebNIC is your best choice!

About WebNIC

WebNIC is an accredited registrar for ICANN, and various countries including Asia, Europe, America, Australasia, and Africa. With offices in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Taipei and Jakarta, we serve 5,000+ active resellers over 70 countries. To join us and become a reseller, live chat with us or email us at [email protected].

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.BOND – A Premium Domain for Financial or Relationship Showcase

What is .BOND?

.BOND is a new generic Top-level Domain (gTLD) extension launched in November 2019 by ShortDot SA, the registry which made .ICU a huge success. It is a premium domain extension, where the financial industry and online world meet. It represents the financial instrument bond, and it also represents a force/feeling that unites. It is perfect for financial industry professionals or showcasing strong bonds (relationship). It is specifically created and made for today’s financial industry, especially the field of bonds and investments. There are also some users who use .BOND to showcase their special bonds with their friends, family and even pet animals. You get to decide how to use your .BOND domain!

 

Who is .BOND for?

.BOND is ideal for financial service providers, financial advisors, investors, investment groups, cryptocurrency entities, accountants, loan companies and many other financial institutions such as banks, bond traders, brokers etc. It is an incredible online opportunity for any financial services companies. When they choose .BOND to the right of the dot, website visitors know instantly they are working with a financial professional they can trust and that they mean business. Encourage your customers who are in the financial service industry to start making bonds and building a closer connection with their audience, by using .BOND to position themselves as an expert in the field.

.BOND is also crafted for any individuals or entities in the financial services industry. It is also perfect for financial professionals, individuals and entrepreneurs who wish to showcase their clearly-defined brand for themselves. They can launch their next big idea on .BOND as it is convenient for customers and clients to remember them. It helps them to build their reputation on the right online real estate. Examples include market analyst or an investor looking to build his own personal brand and shooting for the stars.

.BOND is the right domain choice for any individuals or businesses as it adds a powerful word to the web address. It sends a strong and positive signal to users, which will reinforce the impression they have of the website and it indirectly helps them understand the benefits they receive when working with the individual or company. .BOND links clients to the experts they are looking for, reinforcing the impression of a trusted and stable financial solution provider.

.BOND is also preferred by individuals who want to showcase years of special bonding with their family, friends and even pet animals. It is an extremely meaningful life experience for them and is simply irreplaceable, which is why it deserves a special showcase of its own. .BOND is the perfect fit for such a purpose, especially for creative, loving and attentive individuals. They can use .BOND to create a long-lasting bond and memory to unite them with the ones they love and care for. It empowers them and motivates them to appreciate the beauty of these life experiences.

 

What Makes .BOND Unique?

  1. Short and easy to remember

.BOND domain extension is short, easy to understand and memorable. It helps people to gain a stronger impression.

  1. Professional

.BOND is professional and shows users that the individual or business is serious and an expert. It provides a professional and reliable impression.

  1. Credible

.BOND helps businesses to build a credible reputation. It shows users that it is safe and trustworthy and they can deal with the individual and business without worries.

  1. Premium

.BOND looks and feels premium. It builds a premium impression for financial experts when communicating with their clients.

  1. Brandable

.BOND has less name competition and offers a high chance to secure a desirable and brandable domain name. It is perfect for building a strong brand distinction.

 

Register .BOND with WebNIC

.BOND offers the professionalism that financial service professionals require when dealing with clients. It is credible, trustworthy and gives out a sense of premium. WebNIC is honoured to announce that we will be partnering with ShortDot SA to offer .BOND to you, starting from 23 June 2020. We hope the new .BOND domain can increase the value you deliver to potential clients. Secure your .BOND identity today with WebNIC, the premium online real estate for financial service providers. There is only a limited quantity of high-quality .bond names, make sure to secure yours on the launch date. Many big brands are already scrambling to secure the best domain names, such as American Express, J.P. Morgan, Google, Amazon, 3M, Oracle and more. Register yours as soon as possible because having the right domain name for your business is critical to your success. We are a trusted domain registrar with more than 20 years of experience in the domain wholesale and reseller service. We offer a wide range of domains to help our partners to become a domain reseller and grow their domain business with us. Email us at [email protected] if you need more info on .BOND.

 

About WebNIC

WebNIC is an accredited registrar for ICANN, and various countries including Asia, Europe, America, Australasia, and Africa. With offices in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Taipei and Jakarta, we serve 5,000+ active resellers over 70 countries. To join us and become a reseller, live chat with us or email us at [email protected].

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.CYOU Domain – Looks Cool, Feels Cool for a Digital Savvy Generation

What is .CYOU?

.CYOU is a new generic Top-level Domain (gTLD) extension launched by ShortDot SA, the leading new Top-level Domain registry behind the hugely successful domain extension, .ICU. It stands for the short form of “See You” and communicates the message of “We See You” to all. It is specially crafted and made for today’s digital natives, and is well-suited for this generation’s thinkers and influencers.

 

Who is .CYOU for?

.CYOU is perfect for creative individuals, visionary influencers and innovative entrepreneurs. It helps these people to showcase their talents, ideas and dedication to change and shape the world on the Internet. It also empowers them to continue doing what they are best at, while motivating them to move forward knowing in mind that the public is watching them on the Internet, with “We see you”!

.CYOU is also a perfect domain name for any business brands to embrace innovation through modern social media platforms, such as Snapchat, Instagram and TikTok. It is perfect for brands which target young audiences, to resonate with them, as well as to speak in their unique way of communication.

.CYOU empowers Gen Z, who believe in the values of independence, diversity and inclusivity. It is a domain name for those who never know a world without Internet, who grew up with smartphones and memes and speak in fluent and unique emoji. It is for true digital natives, who are technologically-advanced, open-minded and doing things in smarter ways while rewriting the rules.

 

What Makes .CYOU Unique?

1. Innovative

.CYOU domain extension shows people that you are innovative and go against the norm

2. Memorable

Short and easy to spell makes .CYOU a memorable domain, which helps you to stand out in the vast Internet landscape.

3. Agnostic

.CYOU is contextual and unrestricted to geography, language or industry. No usage limitations and easy to be understood by all.

4. Scalable

Helps businesses to expand and scale to target the younger target audiences, opening a whole new different market opportunity and segment.

5. Smart

Looks and feels cool. A smart abbreviation for “See You”.

6. Brandable

A great opportunity for brand distinction. Less name competition to secure your desired brandable domain name.

To summarise, .CYOU is perfect for Gen Z, who might become the next social media sensation, as well as young aspiring entrepreneurs banking on their talents and passion. In addition, it is also perfect for cool new brand that resonates with them and speak in their language.

 

Register .CYOU with WebNIC

We believe .CYOU has the potential to fare well and become a popular TLD for many people, as indicated by .ICU, the number one new gTLD with more than 6 million domain names registered as of the time of writing. WebNIC is honoured to announce that we will be partnering with ShortDot SA to offer .CYOU to you from 23 June 2020. Stay tune! We want to help you to deliver more value to your clients by offering .CYOU, with a potential to be successful like .ICU. Register .CYOU with WebNIC, a trusted domain registrar with more than 20 years of experience in the domain wholesale and reseller service. We offer a wide range of domains to help our partners to become a domain reseller and grow their domain business with us. Email us at [email protected] if you need more info on .CYOU.

 

About WebNIC

WebNIC is an accredited registrar for ICANN, and various countries including Asia, Europe, America, Australasia, and Africa. With offices in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Taipei and Jakarta, we serve 5,000+ active resellers over 70 countries. To join us and become a reseller, live chat with us or email us at [email protected].

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What is a Domain Name Server (DNS) and How it Works?

What is a Domain Name Server (DNS)?

A DNS is a computer server that contains a database of many IP addresses and their associated domain names. It serves to translate a requested domain name into an IP address, so that the computer knows which IP address to connect to for the requested contents. The Internet is a network of connected computers, and they communicate with each other through IP addresses. A DNS plays an important role in helping us to conveniently use the Internet and it is one of the most essential foundations of the Internet as we know it today.

It is much easier for us to remember a domain name, webnic.cc, rather than a string of numbers, 104.20.73.209 (IP address) to WebNIC’s website. Both the domain name and the DNS are extremely important and they work together to make this possible. Read our blog here if you are unsure what is a domain name.

A great example is to see a DNS as a phone book, which matches a name to a telephone number. You can search for the name you want and find the corresponding phone number. It is also a similar concept to your smartphone’s contact list, which will match a contact name to a phone number. Remembering domain names is definitely easier for us than to remember a string of numbers. DNS helps us to do this by match domain names to IP addresses, and simplifies our web surfing experience significantly.

 

How Does a DNS Work?

A DNS starts working immediately after a user enters a domain name in the address bar of a browser. It will search through the Internet to find the IP address that is associated with the entered domain name. After successfully identifying the IP address, it then guides the user’s browser to connect to it, which will then serve the requested website contents. The process happens very quickly with little delay and the user will be on his requested website almost immediately. However, in the background, a DNS has executed many processes.

The first step that a DNS does is to send a DNS query to several other DNS servers. A DNS is not just a single server responding to over billions of domain name requests, but instead it is distributed globally across a network of DNS, which stores the IP address directory in a distributed manner.

With this in mind, all the DNS servers work together to attend to the billions of domain names requests worldwide. The reason behind this is to cut down the time for users to get a response for their requests. If a user is looking for a specific site and there is only one DNS server to process it, then it will take significantly longer to search through the millions of records in the directory. What if at the same time there are also millions, if not billions of users who are also doing the same? That is going to take a long time, and the users’ browsing experience will definitely be affected negatively.

Therefore, DNS is set up to work collaboratively across several servers to provide the best browsing experience to users. When a website address is entered by a user in an Internet browser, a DNS query is initiated and a DNS server sends the query to several other DNS servers, each tasked with translating a different part of the domain name the user entered. There are mainly four servers which work together to translate the website address into a computer readable IP address, namely the DNS Resolver server, the root server, the Top-level Domain (TLD) server and the Authoritative Name Server. The DNS Resolver is the server who does most of the process in translating a domain name to an IP address. It receives the DNS query and in turn acts like a client to query the three other DNS servers mentioned above to translate the domain name.

It first queries the root server and the root server responds to the query by returning the IP address of a TLD server (like .com, .net, .org etc.). A TLD server stores the information for its domains, and will return the IP address of the Authoritative Name Server to the DNS Resolver. This is where the requested website is actually located. It then returns the actual IP address of the requested website to the DNS Resolver, which in turn response to the initial DNS query the actual IP address. Check out the illustration below to have a clear picture of the step-by-step processes of how a DNS work.

 

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Another point worth mentioning is point number 9 as shown in the illustration. The DNS Resolver will perform a caching function to cache the data for a limited time, after it has retrieved the correct IP address for a given website. The purpose of doing so is that in case the user requests for the same domain name again, it can immediately direct the user to the right web server without having to do the entire process of translating the domain name again. It is also beneficial in a sense that if there are other users who request for the same domain name, their request can be processed instantly, and they can enjoy a great browsing experience.

 

The Importance of a DNS

DNS helps to increase the efficiency of organising and locating more than 300 million domain names and their corresponding IP addresses around the world. It is not hard to see why DNS is an important foundation of the Internet we know today. The many DNS servers around the world work together to provide an optimised Internet browsing experience. The DNS system has been in existence for more than 30 years and has proven to be a stable and essential part of the Internet infrastructure to connect the world globally. However, hackers are also taking advantage of the system to exploit and scam the public through DNS attacks.

 

DNS Attacks

DNS attacks can occur in a few ways. The most common way is through malware attacks on a user’s computer. A malware attack can change the DNS server settings of the user’s computer to connect to a hacker’s DNS server. The hacker’s server can then direct users to other fake websites, and scam them of their confidential information such as their identity information, bank information or any other forms of sensitive information. This kind of attack is known as a DNS cache poisoning.

Another way of DNS attack is bombarding the user’s computer with high-volume data from DNS Resolver servers. It will cause the victim’s machine to be overwhelmed with data inflow and it will become inoperative to provide its original services. Hackers can then blackmail victims or force them to pay ransom to release their machines from the attacks. This kind of attack is known as a DNS reflection attack.

Last but not least, DNS attack can also occur through system resource exhaustion. Hackers can clog the DNS infrastructure of Internet Service Providers (ISP) of users and render it inoperative. This is done by hackers through registering a domain name and using the victim’s DNS servers as that domain’s authoritative server. They then send large number of requests for the domain and also add in large number of non-existent subdomains requests, which leads to a flood of the DNS resolving processes, eventually crashing the victim’s DNS system. This kind of attack is known as DNS resource exhaustion attack.

 

Conclusion

The existence of DNS is truly a great thing, as this technology makes everything on the Internet we know today possible. Without DNS, the Internet surfing experience will likely be very painful and extremely troublesome. The Internet and the world we know today will probably be very different without DNS. Next time when you browse the Internet, make sure to appreciate the existence of DNS and realise how convenient it has made life for us all. Make sure to also take proper measures to protect your computer to prevent DNS related attacks by hackers.

WebNIC is a trusted domain registrar with more than 20 years of experience in the domain wholesale and reseller service. We currently manage our own DNS to ensure a satisfying domain name reselling experience for all our valuable partners. We offer a wide range of domains and web solutions to help our partners to grow their web business. If you are interested to become our partner, contact us at [email protected].

 

About WebNIC

WebNIC is an accredited registrar for ICANN, and various countries including Asia, Europe, America, Australasia, and Africa. With offices in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Taipei and Jakarta, we serve 5,000+ active resellers over 70 countries. To join us and become a reseller, live chat with us or email us at [email protected].

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.TECH Domains Help Differentiate Tech Brands

.TECH Domains Help Differentiate Tech Brands

.TECH has achieved a remarkable achievement for the last 5 years since its launch in March 2015. It has been a great journey for this New generic Top-Level Domain (gTLD). It has resonated well with the tech communities internationally and is a popular domain choice for them. Even big brands are starting to love .TECH domain, such as CES (ces.tech), Intel (insight.tech), Viacom (viacom.tech) It is the perfect domain name to differentiate tech brands in the saturated Internet landscape. Some tech brands who are doing well with .TECH domain include innoviz.tech, aurora.tech and lightly.tech.

Why Should Tech Brands Differentiate Themselves With .TECH?

The most obvious benefit of using .TECH domain is its profound use across industries like retail, finance, media and across technologies like machine learning, autonomous solutions, blockchain and more. Tech brands no longer need to settle for dull domain names and instead get the opportunity to use business-relevant domain extension and brand themselves in whatever way they prefer.

Here Are Some Ways .TECH Differentiate Tech Brands

  1. Reinforce Brand Positioning as a Technology Business
    Brand positioning is an essential business strategy. It is crucial for any business to position its brand strategically so that it sends the right message to potential clients. For example, if a company offers technology solutions that are in demand. Using company.tech positions it strategically compared to company.com, drawing attention from the right audience.
  2. Great Opportunity to Secure a Keyword Rich Domain Name
    Choose a domain name with industry-relevant keywords. A new domain extension provides the chance to secure important industry keywords, which are no longer available on traditional domain names such as .com or .org. For example, cleanenergy.tech is more likely than cleanenergy.com to be available, and the business can secure the keywords “clean energy” using .TECH.
  3. Increases Business Relevance in Your Website Address
    Tech is an intuitive word and full of context in business and innovation. It is precisely why .TECH domain is a logical choice for tech brands to differentiate themselves from other businesses. For example, a brand name can go by Orange. If the brand’s website is www.orange.com or www.orange.tech, the former name clearly does not communicate business nature while the latter name clearly communicates it is a tech business. Using a .TECH domain extension clearly increases the context of the business.

Conclusion

.TECH is a great domain to differentiate tech brands. The meaning of the word helps them to stand out and identifies them as businesses changing the world with pioneering tech ideas. It is the perfect domain to build the future on. We are excited to see how these tech brands will change the world in the future, and .TECH is the best domain moving forward with them to innovate and improve our world.

WebNIC is proud to be an accredited registrar .TECH domain. If you are looking to be a part of these brands to change the world with their disruptive ideas, then start by offering .TECH domain registration service. Drop us an email at [email protected] or live chat with us if you have any inquiries!

About WebNIC

WebNIC is an accredited registrar for ICANN, and various countries including Asia, Europe, America, Australasia, and Africa. With offices in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Taipei and Jakarta, we serve 5,000+ active resellers over 70 countries. To join us and become a reseller, live chat with us or email us at [email protected]

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WebNIC & DigiCert – Building an All-round Protection for Business Digital Identity

What is a Digital Identity?

A digital identity is equally important to a physical identity in the real world, except that it exists in the digital landscape. Just like in the real world, when opening a bank account, renting a car, buying an insurance, you need to present your identity card for the respected parties to confirm your identity, so that they can confirm you are who you claim to be.

The same goes for any business that has established a presence on the Internet. Website visitors need an assurance for the business’s digital identity, and that they are truly dealing with the real authentic business. They need safety indicators to be sure that they are not dealing with some fraudsters or scammers, pretending to be the business entity and tricking them into submitting their private and confidential information. In fact, businesses which do not have a secured digital identity is one of the many causes for the alarming rate of cybersecurity incidents that took place in recent years.

The crucial point here is, all businesses must place protecting their digital identity as a main priority and a core business process to protect themselves, as well as their customers online. We outline below the importance of protecting digital identity.

 

The Importance of Protecting Digital Identity

Build a strong brand reputation, trust and credibility

Businesses which have a secured digital identity are more likely to score more merit points from users, which will help to build a better brand reputation, a higher trust level from customers and a higher level of credibility. Many customers are now increasingly more aware of cybercrimes and consider their online safety as an important factor before performing any online transactions with any business.

A secured and protected digital identity helps businesses to send safety indicators to potential customers. These signals serve as a powerful way to encourage customers confidence that the business is real, and they can safely perform any form of transactions with it online, knowing that their data is in safe hands.

Business owners must take securing digital identity seriously, because the brand reputation, trust and credibility are at stake here. There is this saying by Warren Buffett:

“It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.”

Businesses which keep this in mind will then start to view securing a digital identity differently.

Prevent fraud cases and brand theft

Businesses who protect their digital identity enjoy a lower risk of cyberattacks. We all know very well that cyberattacks are happening frequently around the world, as they have appeared in news headlines a lot. It is safe to say that cybersecurity risk is inherent as long as the business uses any form of Information Technology (IT) to operate the business, such as using the Internet, send/receive emails, owns a website, selling online or using any forms of software.

All of these lie hidden risks that can be exploited by ill-intentioned individuals to perform criminal activities, examples which include using the business’s name to perform email frauds and phishing activities, or pretending to be the brand to scam unsuspecting individuals of their confidential information or monetary gains. Some criminals also carry out brand theft activities, to the extent of even making near perfect copies of brand websites to deceive the general public to perform financial transactions.

These examples show how crucial it is for businesses to take steps to protect their digital identity. It is in the best interest of business owners to ensure that their brands are not being taken advantage by scammers and fraudsters. Protect digital identity to prevent fraud cases and brand theft, which will hurt a brand’s reputation.

Businesses protect themselves, their customers and their private information

A secured digital identity also helps businesses to protect themselves, as well as their customers and their private information. It ensures the process of data exchange is completed correctly and prevents malicious hijacking by hackers and evil players. Data exchange can exist in the form of email and documents exchange, email exchange, software exchange or even the connectivity of Internet of Things (IoT) devices. The outcome of securing digital identity is that it can help businesses to save themselves from a lot of headaches and troubles that might arise from digital security issues.

For example, the first and foremost is the business’s identity. With a secured digital identity well in place, any business can inform its contacts that every single dealing is strictly true and authentic only if these signs are present. Else, all others are false or pretenders. Such a way can be implemented on websites, emails, documents and software programs. Doing so can help to educate customers to exchange data with only approved individuals or entities, thus preventing them from submitting data to unauthorised parties. In a way, a secured digital identity protects them and their private information, too.

It is without doubt that business owners must understand the importance of securing digital identity for their businesses, and that it must be placed as a core process of running a business. It will definitely save them a lot of time and money down the road, when it comes to dealing with digital security issues.

 

DigiCert Offers a Comprehensive and All-round Protection to Businesses

DigiCert, a world-renowned Certificate Authority (CA), offers a wide range of tool and tactics to secure businesses and help them protect their customers. A digital identity protection can be achieved in the following aspects, and DigiCert offers solutions for each of them.

Email & Document Security

Businesses deal with a lot of emails and documents in their operations. They are a necessity in ensuring a smooth operation for businesses. However, they also pose a security risk which might compromise a business’s digital identity.

DigiCert offers a solution of personal certificate. It enhances security by implementing documents and emails digital signing. Employees use their personal digital sign to notify receivers of the authenticity of the documents. It also comes with email encryption, in which only the intended receiver has the decryption to open and view the contents.

Software Security

Businesses now operate in a highly digitalised space, and make use of many different software for work efficiency. Software is like a car and must be routinely maintained and updated to solve bugs and errors. However, there lies a risk in which hackers can hijack the maintenance and upload malicious code and malware.

DigiCert offers a solution of code signing certificates. These kinds of certificates inform users that the update is authentic, and they can safely download and execute it. The developer has digitally signed the code to protect the integrity of the code, and that it has not been tampered with.

Website Security

Businesses use websites to establish their online presence. They are equivalent to the lifeblood of their digital identity. However, as mentioned before, hackers can create a near perfect duplicate of the websites to scam and fraud unsuspecting individuals.

DigiCert offers a solution of TLS/SSL Certificates to secure business websites. Read here to understand the importance of SSL Certificates. Having these certificates is like shouting to the public, this website here is the true website, as its owner has been reviewed and authenticated by us. That is why you see this TLS/SSL Certificate stating the identity of the website owner. All others are imposers and you should not deal with them.

There is a wide range of SSL Certificates on the market. Read here to understand how to choose the right SSL Certificate for your website.

Internet of Things (IoT) Security

The human race is entering the IoT era where more devices than ever are interconnected with each other to work together and make life better and more convenient. Imagine smart devices, self-driving cars, smart homes, public connectivity all interconnected. Millions of connectivity will be implemented and how should we secure them from hackers.

DigiCert offers a solution to create and manage millions of IoT certificates for all the devices, from a single platform. How convenient is that! No more human errors from managing them. Trust in a machine, not a human!

The illustration below is a summary of DigiCert’s comprehensive and all-round protection for businesses in the digital landscape.

DigiCert All-round Protection

 

Conclusion

Protecting digital identity should be treated as a vital business process and has to be taken seriously by business owners. With an increasing number of cybercrime cases and online fraud cases, businesses cannot ignore this risk and must be prepared always to protect themselves and their digital identity in the vast Internet landscape.

At WebNIC, with the assistance from DigiCert as our valuable partner, we are always advocating to enhance web security. We offer a comprehensive and all-round digital identity protection to businesses, including protection of website, email, documents, software and IoT devices. If you need any digital identity protection solution, we are always here to help.

We are also looking for interested partners to be a part of us to stand strong with us to build awareness for web security and to make the Internet a better place for all. Come join us and DigiCert now!

About WebNIC

WebNIC is an accredited registrar for ICANN, and various countries including Asia, Europe, America, Australasia, and Africa. With offices in Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Beijing, Taipei and Jakarta, we serve 5,000+ active resellers over 70 countries. To join us and become a reseller, live chat with us or email us at [email protected].

What is a Thai IDN .TW Domain and the Benefits of Using One 34

What is a Thai IDN .TW Domain and the Benefits of Using One

What is a Thai IDN .TW Domain Name?

A Thai IDN .TW domain name is a special domain name which uses Thai characters. It is an internationalized domain name (IDN), which enables people to use local languages for domain names. Local languages are usually represented in special characters and not written with the twenty-six letters of the basic Latin alphabet “a-z”. IDN domains can come in various languages, such as Arabic, Chinese, Cyrillic, Devanagari, Hebrew, French, and in this context Thai.

An example of a Thai IDN .TW domain name:
ภาษาไทย.tw

Check out some example websites we created, which use Thai IDN .TW domain name:

The Importance of a Thai IDN

Thai IDN was approved for implementation by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) in August 2010. ICANN realises the importance of IDN, regardless of which language it is. Some community in the world have little to no knowledge of English and this makes it hard to introduce them to the Internet, which is mainly in English.

According to a survey done by education company EF Education First, Thailand ranks a level of very low proficiency in its English skills. As the Internet is mainly in English, this will indirectly impact the progress of introducing it to the Thai community. It will hinder them from being digital savvy and causes them to be left behind in this society where the Internet has become the backbone of the society. The Thai community might face a weaker competitive edge and lose out in this Internet driven society.

However, things have changed a lot ever since the introduction of Thai IDN. The obstacle to navigate the Internet in English has been largely reduced for the Thai community. This is made possible with the introduction of Unicode to represent the special characters of languages which are not in alphabets. It is also the technical which made any IDN possible. As a result, contents on the Internet is increasingly available in local Thai with the introduction of Thai IDN. The below illustration shows the positive result of introducing a Thai IDN to the Thai community.

Individuals using the Internet (% of population) – Thailand

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Data from: The World Bank

It can be seen that the Internet adoption among the Thai community has increased at a strong momentum since the introduction of Thai IDN in 2010. There are many benefits in using a Thai IDN domain name as listed below.

The Benefits of Using a Thai IDN Domain Name

Localised and native Thai language

A Thai IDN domain name is in a localized Thai native language and makes browsing the Internet easier and friendlier for the Thai community. Its usage can speed up the take up rate for the Thai community to use and enjoy the convenience that the Internet offers in their everyday lives. Many of them are not proficient in English, which the Internet is mainly in, and this has become an obstacle for them. Therefore, the main benefit of using a Thai IDN domain name and Thai characters on the Internet is that the Thai community can enjoy the Internet more than ever, without language restrictions.

Unique and strongly distinguishable

Using a Thai IDN helps websites to stand out in the saturated Internet landscape, because Thai characters are unique and strongly distinguishable, compared to alphabets. A Thai IDN helps to attract the right target audience for businesses who are looking to interact with the Thai community. It helps businesses to resonate well with them and as a result, businesses have a higher probability to successfully capture the Thai market, regardless of what products or services they are offering. The benefit of using a Thai IDN domain name is to have a unique and strongly distinguishable domain name to attract Thai audience.

High name availability

In addition, the Thai IDN domain name space is also less saturated, resulting in a high name availability, if compared to other well-known domain extensions such as .COM, .ORG, .NET and others. People who try to register for a Thai IDN domain name will discover that their desired names can be easily registered, thus enjoying lesser worries about the domain name being taken and the need to come up with alternative names. Using popular keywords in the domain name is also more likely to success for businesses who want to target keywords of their industry, as the competition is lower. The benefit of using a Thai IDN .TW domain offers a high name availability for registrants and businesses.

Conclusion

A Thai IDN .TW domain name is beneficial to the Thai community of Internet users. It is in their native language, which will improve their overall Internet experience. It feels more familiar to them and it will definitely help to grow the number of Thai Internet users. It is also good for businesses who want to stand out on the Internet among the Thai community. It also has a higher name availability, making registration more likely to be successful.

The good news is we have reached a partnership with Taiwan Network Information Center (TWNIC) to offer free registration for a Thai IDN .TW domain name. For a limited time, we welcome any interested partners to register a Thai IDN .TW domain name for free. We would like to take this opportunity to encourage our Thai partners or any interested partners to expand your service by offering this domain to your customers. It is literally zero cost for you and you can earn more profits. Quick, encourage your customers to register one now! Email us at [email protected] for more info.

About WebNIC

WebNIC is an accredited registrar for ICANN, and various countries including Asia, Europe, America, Australasia, and Africa. With offices in Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Indonesia and Taiwan, we serve 4,500+ active resellers over 70 countries. To join us and become a reseller, live chat with us or email us at [email protected]

The Qualities of a Reliable and Trustworthy Domain Registrar 36

The Qualities of a Reliable and Trustworthy Domain Registrar

What is a Domain Registrar?

A domain registrar is a party which sells domain names and is responsible for handling everything about domain names. It plays an important role when it comes to any domain names transactions, namely registration, renewal and transfer. A domain registrar is responsible for submitting a domain name registration to a domain registry, and to ensure the successful domain name registration by an individual or a company.

Every website comes with a domain name. Therefore, starting a new website requires registering a domain name, and a domain registrar facilitates this essential process. Read more about what is a domain name and how it works here.

What Does a Domain Registrar Do?

As mentioned above, a domain registrar helps to update the domain name record managed by a domain registry. Every domain name has its corresponding registration data to keep track of who the owner is, and this data is stored in a database. A domain registry maintains the infrastructure for the database, and a domain registrar is charged with the task of updating the registry’s database on all domain name registrations, renewals and transfers.

When a user registers for a domain name, the domain registrar has to handle the process of creating or updating the info in the database of a domain registry. As part of the process, it is also required to provide all the tools for a user to perform any domain name related actions, such as searching for a domain name, availability of the domain name, renewal or transfer and also the financial transaction with the user, as well as to help users to maintain their domain name subscription over time.

A domain registrar usually allows users to do annual renewal of domain names and encourages them to register multi-year subscription for the domain names. A domain registrar also offers back end dashboard for users to perform management actions for their domain names. They can get an update on the status of their domain names, perform renewals, check billing and make configurations such as email reminders in the dashboard.

In summary, a domain registrar plays a vital role in the process of registering, renewing or transferring domain names. The experience of dealing with a reputable one and a lousy one can vary a lot and it is recommended to always choose a reputable domain registrar. Be sure to look out for the qualities below for a reliable and trustworthy domain registrar.

The Qualities of a Reliable and Trustworthy Domain Registrar

ICANN Accredited

An important factor to consider when you are registering a domain name is to make sure the domain registrar is ICANN accredited. ICANN stands for the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers, and it is the organisation in charge of regulating the domain name industry. Having this qualification is equivalent to being certified by ICANN to perform everything related to domain names transactions. An ICANN accredited domain registrar has to abide by ICANN’s prescribed rules and regulations to protect domain name buyers’ best interests. ICANN accredited is a sign of a trustworthy domain registrar.

Transparent Pricing Structure

Another factor to look out for is the pricing of the domain registrar. A quality and trustworthy domain registrar is transparent about the registration price, the transfer price and the annual renewal fee upfront. Most domain registrars will advertise a cheap first year registration price for their domain names, however users should check to be sure that they are also transparent about the transfer fee and annual renewal fee as well. A reliable and trustworthy domain registrar does not charge any hidden fees that is deliberately made unknown to users. It made sure that users are well-informed about the pricing structure before registering a domain name with them.

Full Domain Control

The next factor to look out for in a reliable and trusted domain registrar is that it allows users full control of their domains. As mentioned above in what does a domain registrar do, it usually provides users with a control panel that can let them perform management of their domains. They can easily and freely execute transactions for their domains such as renewal, transfer, forwarding, billing or any technical functions through the control panel. A good sign of a reliable and trustworthy domain registrar is it offers this benefit to its customers, giving them full domain control.

Quick and Reliable Customer Support

In addition, another factor to look out for in a reliable and trustworthy domain registrar is that it provides a strong customer support service. It ensures that support is easily available, quick and reliable. It also makes sure support can be reached through many different channels, such as live chat, email or social media, allowing customers to enjoy an easy and pleasant customer support experience anywhere online.  A reliable and friendly support team is in place to help solve any issues that might arise from their domain names. One way to distinguish a reliable and trustworthy domain registrar is to go through its customer support experience to confirm it meets all the requirements above.

Extra Value-added Services

Last but not least, another factor to be considered as a reliable and trustworthy domain registrar is to look at the extra value-added services it offers. Most of the reputable ones will usually offer these services to enhance their customers’ satisfaction. Some services that they offer include domain name privacy, security monitoring, expiry reminders, auto-renewals, email addresses, multi-year purchase option and more. A reliable and trustworthy domain registrar is serious in serving their customers and will almost always offer extra value-added services for free or at a minimal cost.

Conclusion

A domain registrar plays a crucial role in the process of registering, transferring or renewing domain names. Therefore, it is important to choose a reliable, reputable and trustworthy domain registrar. The customer experience can vary hugely, depending on their reputation and experience in the industry. To enjoy a great customer experience, make sure to select only a domain registrar that is ICANN accredited, has a transparent pricing structure, offers full domain control, has a quick and reliable customer support and offers extra value-added services.

In case you don’t know, WebNIC is a trusted domain registrar with more than 20 years of experience in the domain wholesale and reseller service. We are confident that we meet these qualities and we are also regarded as a reliable and trustworthy domain registrar in the industry. We offer a wide range of domains and are looking for more partners to join us as a domain reseller. Are you interested in joining us? Let us assist you in growing your domain business!

 

About WebNIC

WebNIC is an accredited registrar for ICANN, and various countries including Asia, Europe, America, Australasia, and Africa. With offices in Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Indonesia and Taiwan, we serve 4,500+ active resellers over 70 countries. To join us and become a reseller, live chat with us or email us at [email protected].

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SSL Certificate Site Seal Indicator and Its Importance

What is an SSL Certificate Site Seal?

An SSL certificate site seal is a visual indicator on a website that provides security confidence to users. It comes with SSL certificates and it can be installed easily. After installing it, a small graphic will appear on the website, stating that the website is secured, and by which Certificate Authority (CA).

SSL certificate protection has a few trust signals that will show on a website, and a site seal is one of them. It is a method to display security on a website to give users higher levels of confidence, and reassures them their connection is encrypted and protected from attackers. A site seal is equivalent to a trust mark.

 

Static Site Seal vs. Dynamic Site Seal

There are two types of site seals, namely static and dynamic. The type of SSL certificate you choose to purchase will determine whether you get a static site seal or a dynamic site seal. Take a look at the illustration below for the differences between them.

SSL certificate site seal

 

Every SSL certificate is associated with either a static or a dynamic site seal. Before purchasing any particular SSL certificate, it is worth checking out which type of site seal it offers.

View our range of SSL certificates here: DigiCert, Sectigo and GlobalSign.

The Benefits of Installing a Site Seal on a Website

A site seal that comes with an SSL certificate functions as a strong trust indicator. It helps website owners to gain trust from website users easier and almost instantly. According to a survey done by Econsultancy/Toluna, 48% of participants indicated that trust marks provide the highest sense of trust when they are visiting a website.

A higher sense of trust will then result in a raise in website conversion rate. Blue Fountain Media did a split test on how adding a site seal affects trust and conversion rate. The results showed that the page with a site seal outperformed the page without one by a 42% increase in conversion.

An eye-tracking investigation by CXL also showed that users check for the presence of a site seal when submitting their info via a form. It is important because site seal adds credibility and reassurance for users to interact with a website. Therefore, the benefit that a site seal provides is to build a high level of trust and thus a higher conversion rate for your desired user actions.

CXL eye track investigation

Image source: CXL

 

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Conclusion

SSL certificate site seal is a great trust indicator for website owners to put on their websites, especially on e-commerce related websites. It imbues a higher level of confidence and trust for website visitors to provide their information. Trust is an important factor that must be placed as the first priority by any website owners, and displaying a site seal is one of the simplest and best approach to build up trust.

About WebNIC

WebNIC is an accredited registrar for ICANN, and various countries including Asia, Europe, America, Australasia, and Africa. With offices in Singapore, Malaysia, Korea, Indonesia and Taiwan, we serve 4,500+ active resellers over 70 countries. To join us and become a reseller, live chat with us or email us at [email protected].

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