Why is the sale of .ORG registry a source of debate?

In November 2019, a press release announced that .ORG registry, Public Interest Registry (PIR), a non-profit organization managed by Internet Society, is going to be sold off to Ethos Capital, a private equity firm. .ORG is the extension for non-profit organizations. The acquisition of PIR by Ethos has quickly concerned the organizations using .ORG, on the basis of the potential misuse of the extension by its new owner, which has, by its very nature, profit motives. The concern? That the registr... Read More

Cyprus: Registrations of first level .CY domain name are opened

The .CY registry announces the registration of first level .cy domain names, i.e.domainname.cy The owners of second level registered domain names, can also apply for the same domain names with a first level extension .CY. Please note that the 2019 Decree does not provide for commitment on any domain names and thus, all requests will be examined on First Come First Served basis. To submit a request, don’t hesitate to contact our customer support. ... Read More

Fake mobile applications: a growing threat to brands and consumers

With over 5 million mobile applications available today on the major apps stores like Google Play and App Store, over 2 000 new applications uploaded every day and almost 2 billion applications downloaded in France in 2018, mobile apps have rapidly grown over the last 10 years to become an essential element of the digital world. According to a research done by FEVAD, the revenue from mobile commerce is estimated to 22 billion euros in France in 2018, i.e. ¼ of online sales. Thus, mobile app... Read More

General availability of .MADRID as of December 17, 2019

The general availability of .MADRID, the geographical extension of Madrid, the capital city of Spain is near. Managed by the Comunidad de Madrid registry, this extension was launched last April following the calendar below: Launching schedule APL period (Approved Launch Program): from 11/04/2019 to 06/06/2019 Sunrise and LRP (Limited Registration Period) period: from 16/07/2019 to 10/12/2019 General availability: from 17/12/2019 Some requirements must be respected to register a .MADRID domain... Read More

Phishing, slamming and other fraudulent e-mails: stay alert during the end-of-year holidays!

Every year, the end of year holidays often announce the upsurge of fraudulent e-mails mass campaigns. During annual holidays, cybercriminals try to profit from these periods, when the vigilance is sometimes lowering, to launch phishing e-mails. What are phishing and slamming? Phishing is used by cybercriminals to obtain personal information in order to commit an identity theft. In the world of phishing (73% of companies affected in 2018), the slamming is a well-known variant that consists in enc... Read More

The financial industry, the target of more and more costly attacks on the DNS

Financial services companies are particularly affected by cyberattacks. They possess a wealth of information on the customers, protect their money and provide essential services which must be available day and night. They are a lucrative target. Among the favored lines of attacks: the DNS. The Efficient IP’s Global DNS threat annual report shows a constant growth of the DNS attacks’ number and the financial impacts, with an average financial loss of 1.2 million euros in 2019. This amount was est... Read More

ICANN66 at Montreal – A contrasting summit

During the first half of November, the 66th ICANN Summit was held in Montreal, Canada. This third and final annual summit devoted to policies applicable to Internet naming was eagerly awaited as the topics under discussion are numerous. At its closing, however, it left many participants a little bit disappointed. A preview of the topics and postures during the weekend before the official launch of the Summit The weekend before the official opening of the Summit is usually an opportunity to get a... Read More

Nameshield signs up the Paris Call in order to actively contribute to the Internet’s stability

Just one year ago, in the context of the first Paris Peace Forum, the French President, Emmanuel Macron, launched the Paris Call for trust and security in cyberspace. This call is a political declaration aiming to express a mobilization on the stability in the cyberspace and strengthens the efforts of the international community and many actors involved in the digital security issues. This text reminds some principles that we think are fundamental, like the application of the international right... Read More

Advices on how to change the domain name without losing its referencing

During a rebranding for marketing purposes, in the context of a merger or an acquisition for example, a company can change its website’s domain name. At the search engines’ level, it is all the pages that change, as if this was a brand new website. Therefore, how not to lose the work done on the SEO and make a successful transition, in particular if the website is old? In the case of a rather old website with an optimal referencing on the existing domain name, transferring a website on a new nam... Read More

[New gTLD] Launch of .NEW by Google

Following the launch of .APP, .PAGE, and .DEV among others, Google (Charleston Road Registry), launches the new extension .NEW in Sunrise period as of October 15, 2019. Conditions for registration of a .NEW In order to use a .NEW domain name, you will need to acquire an SSL certificate and deploy HTTPS. For reminder, the .NEW extension is included on the HSTS pre-upload list, requiring HTTPS protocol on all .NEW domain names (more details in the article “Google makes HTTPS encryption mandatory ... Read More