Domain Name Ownership & Privacy

Worth the Time & Money?

You, as the owner of a domain name, should always be the registrant (owner) and the Admin Contact. The Technical Contact should be someone you trust as a second level administrator to assist you in making changes if you cannot. Even though the registrant is the owner, they do not have the ability to make changes.

The other question that is asked quite a bit is whether the name should be privatized for an additional cost. I use to tell clients it was not necessary but in recent years this has become a source for spammers email addresses. So my answer now is to spend the couple of extra dollars and privatize the name.

Most businesses do not change domain names very often. Even if they do, the domain name can be redirected to the new one so you do not lose a possible client. This is the reason I believe that when your domain name comes up for renewal, you should consider upping it for 5 – 10 years. You can always change the information such as the address of the business, email address or any other contact information. Most registrants use email address. This can be a problem if you are trying to edit your information and you no longer use the email address included in the document. Always maintain a current email address or expect problems if you need to make changes. Not all registrants use this form of ID but the majority do.

I would recommend that you review your information now even if you do not intend to make any changes just to be sure it is correct. There are two quick steps to this process if you do not know who your registrant is. The first thing to do is go to: www.internic.net and fill in their “whois” with your domain name. This will tell you who the registrant that controls the domain is. The second step is to go to that registrant and look for their “whois” link. Add your domain here as well and it will tell you all the important information. If you cannot see the information then contact their support team.

It will be well worth the time. Some clients lose control of their domain names when they have incorrect information and do not receive the notice that it is going to expire. Unfortunately, we get calls about this every month.

 

Cyber Security

There are two excellent events happening in the next few weeks that I strongly recommend you attend one of them  or send someone in your office. One wrong move could cost you thousands of dollars and or loss of data as well as the man hours or cost that were put in to develop your work.

1) Cyber Security & Big Data Analytics Symposium  by SBA- $40.00

Friday, March 31, 2017 – William Paterson College, Wayne, NJ 9:30 to 2:30 PM

 

2) Cybersecurity Summit – NJBIA -$129 Member $149 Non-Member

Friday, April 21, 2017 – APA Hotel Woodbridge, NJ 8:30 AM – 1:00 PM

Is your web site under attack?

Of course it is. Most web sites are under attack by many different forms of spiders and bots. You should maintain a good relationship with your provider. Check all your monitor specs either directly or question support to discover if there are any weaknesses. Forms are a favorite target to spam through. Make sure you have a Captura button or some kind of human interaction required.
If you are using a WordPress site, make sure you have one good security plug-in like WP All in One set up and running correctly. ALWAYS update your plugins to the latest versions. Some are for security and some are for better performance.
Always remove email addresses and their mailbox if you have not used them in a while. This is a favorite way for spammers to send tons of spam out and then your good email address will be black listed if it is the same domain name.
Some people will use FTP permissions to make changes. When dormant for too long be sure to remove or make the password very difficult.
These are all the basic things you need to monitor regularly to protect your site, business and reputation as well as your fellow internet users.

NJCPA Annual Convention & Expo

June 15-17, 2016
BORGATA HOTEL CASINO & SPA
1 Borgata Way
Atlantic City, NJ 08401

Netcetra is part of the Market 2 Dominate alliance that is exhibiting at the annual NJCPA Convention and Expo in Atlantic City.

Association members receive a 20% discount on services.

Visit us in Booth 301 at the NJCPA Annual Convention & Expo.

Growing Your Digital Footprint

Your digital footprint is your digital identity on the Internet. And your Internet properties will help grow this digital footprint.

What does this mean? It means that when the Internet first started you needed to create a website to be part of the Internet. However it was not always easy to find your or your business, your products or services. Continue reading

Sony Hack – How easy it was!

I just read the report about the Sony breach and that the compromise came from an email message to a Sony executive that looked like a genuine message from a familiar contact. It was not and it had an executable link that drop the malware on that person’s PC. Once in at that level, they searched for the IT director’s PC. This person would have access to everything on the network. We saw this same exact action occur in a large professional firm locally.

NEVER click on any link or attachment unless you are 100% certain that you should have received it. Call the party in the message if you are not sure. Some of the scams we are seeing right now are:

  • Best Buy message regarding the product you bought
  • UPS schedule link
  • Utility enquiry

Trust no one and review this information with everyone on your network. Size does not matter to these people. They are after information or money or both. Spam filters and antivirus software work just so well. You must always be vigilant and if in doubt TRASH IT!!!

Jim Mahlmann