Taking the First Steps Online: It All Starts With a Name

Blog Moderator | Nov 26, 2014

Guest Post from Richard Stevenson, 1&1 Internet


For many small businesses and start-ups, the first steps to creating an online presence can be a daunting prospect. With so much information out there, knowing exactly what is best for your business can be a challenge. Richard Stevenson of 1&1 Internet, Europe’s largest domain name registrar, outlines the first steps for business owners interested in getting online.

From choosing a hosting provider to creating a website, we know that creating a digital shop front can seem like it demands many steps with important decisions every step of the way, and that this can at first appear overwhelming.

In truth it’s a great deal easier than many assume, but in order to make the process easier, why not focus on just the first step? Once you have that first incredible idea for a company or product, what follows is picking a name that will help you stand out. The digital world is no different, so begin by imagining what your website name would be.

Next, consider which platform is right for your business. Are you looking to share information about a shop or your business? Are you looking to sell online? Would a website or online shop benefit your business?  There are many options available when it comes to representing your business online; it’s about choosing what’s right for you.   
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Why the Butcher, the Baker and the Candlestick Maker are Now Online

Blog Moderator | Nov 21, 2014
Guest Post from Emma Jones, founder of UK-based Enterprise Nation



Traditional independent businesses that don’t regard themselves as having relevance in the digital world are finding growth by getting online.

In the UK, an astonishing 50% of small firms are still not online.  Enterprise Nation’s Go and Grow Online campaign, supported by Verisign, Microsoft and BT Business, has launched a 12-month programme of nationwide events to help the smallest firms get the skills and confidence to get their digital ducks in a row. Of course, small businesses can survive without a website, a Facebook page and a Twitter account – but how much could they grow if they took the plunge into cyberspace?  

We’ve taken a look at three very British trades made famous by an ancient nursery rhyme – “Rub-a-dub-dub, three men in a tub” – that are increasing their trade and geographical reach simply via getting online, in addition to the traditional presence at a market stall or retail shop. And who do you think they are? A butcher, a baker, and a candlestick maker… 
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Q3 2014 DDoS Trends: Attacks Exceeding 10 Gbps On The Rise

Blog Moderator | Nov 20, 2014
2014 DDoS Attack TrendsVerisign just released its Q3 2014 DDoS Trends Report, which details observations and insights derived from distributed denial of service attack mitigations enacted on behalf of, and in cooperation with, customers of Verisign DDoS Protection Services from July through September of this year. Many notable observations were made, including a rise in the average number of attacks per customer, exploitation of the recently publicized SSDP vulnerability and some notable malicious code trends that will likely contribute to increased DDoS attack activity in the future.  

Most notable, however, is the increase in frequency of DDoS attacks exceeding 10 Gbps in size, accounting for more than 20 percent of all mitigations, with the largest observed attack (90 Gbps) experienced by an E-commerce customer. This attack was a pulsing User Datagram Protocol (UDP) flood employed in short bursts of 30 minutes or fewer. It consisted primarily of Network Time Protocol (NTP) reflective amplification attack traffic. This activity was aimed at disrupting the critical online commerce capability of the customer and was successfully mitigated by Verisign. 

With the 2014 holiday season in full swing, the E-commerce and Financial industries must be particularly vigilant and prepared for DDoS attacks during their peak revenue and customer interaction season. Historically, Verisign has seen an increase in DDoS activity against these verticals during the holidays and anticipates that this trend will continue. This highlights the need for more advanced DDoS protection capabilities other than the standard defenses of over-provisioning of bandwidth and on-premise mitigation devices, which are rendered ineffective the moment a DDoS attack exceeds an organization’s upstream bandwidth, or their Internet service provider’s capacity. 
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Make Your Idea Internet Official Today!

Blog Moderator | Nov 07, 2014

Have a great idea? As any aspiring entrepreneur knows, great business ideas can occur anywhere, anytime. With 91 percent of consumers looking online for local goods and services, turn your idea into a reality and make it “Internet Official” with a .com or .net domain name!

We recently launched four videos as part of our “Internet Official” campaign. From “flirting” with an idea to “getting hit” with an idea, these videos showcase the “light bulb” moment that every entrepreneur has experienced when brainstorming a business idea.

Cake in a Club

 

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Summary of the Registration Operations Association Workshop

Scott Hollenbeck | Oct 28, 2014

The first Registration Operations Association Workshop took place on Thursday, 16 October 2014, at the Los Angeles Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel. I’d like to thank the 64 people that took the time to attend and participate in the discussion, both in-person and remote.

I started the workshop with an introduction to some of the technical challenges being faced by the domain registration industry. Additional challenges were described by Thomas Stocking of Gandi.net, Tobias Sattler of United Domains and Peter Larsen of Larsen Data ApS, and James Gould of Verisign. After discussing the challenges, we had an opportunity to consider proposals for organization presented by John Levine of Standcore LLC, Thomas Rickert of eco, and Adam Newman of IEEE-ISTO. The remainder of the morning was spent discussing those proposals and other options for creating a forum in which all interested members of our community could meet for face-to-face discussions. I’m very happy to report that we reached consensus on an approach.

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