Picking out a business name and registering a domain name that suits your new moniker can be tricky. But when your domain name is your name and you're a public figure it should be reasonably easy. Or so you'd think. Former Prime Minister and current backbench agitator Tony Abbott has found out, the hard way, how someone can easily register a domain name that looks legitimate and use it for nefarious, or in this case comedic, purposes.
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With PM Scott Morrison's website being taken over after failing to renew the domain name, we've all had a good laugh at the PM's expense. But there's a slightly scary side to the whole matter. Now that the PM has lost control of his domain, he won't be receiving any email being sent to that domain.
When we wrote about domain registrars recently we warned to be on the lookout for shonky operators that tried to dupe you into dodgy deals. The Federal Court has ordered that Domain Corp Pty Ltd and Domain Name Agency Pty Ltd pay combined penalties of $1.95 million for breaching the Australian Consumer Law.
I used to think I could get rich off domain flipping. Casino.com sold for $US5.5 million ($7 million) in 2003, and PrivateJet.com sold for $US30.18 million ($38.5 million) in 2012. I've since given up on the concept, opting to spend my time purchasing domains for inside jokes rather than retirement plan gambles. While I'm pretty sure you won't get as lucky as Sex.com (a cool $US13 million ) you can still score a pretty cool one thanks to ?.to, a site created by BetaList founder Marc Köhlbrugge offering an easy way to purchase emoji-based domain names, and see which ones have been snatched up.
Thanks to what I assume was an issue with someone's company card, Samsung forgot to renew a potentially dangerous domain, leaving it to be purchased by Anubis Labs chief technology officer and nice guy João Gouveia. According to Motherboard, the domain associated with Samsung's S Suggest app "ssuggest.com" was seemingly abandoned, giving Gouveia (or any hacker) the opportunity to purchase it.
It's come to our attention that Martin Shkreli, the dagger-faced pharma bro who won't leave the world alone, is buying up domains for the names of journalists who have written about him. Let's make sure this doesn't happen to you.
Registering your own domain name makes sense -- it gives you a personal and unique email address and a base for any business activity you might experiment with. But have you bothered?
Right-wing lobbyist group the Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) undoubtedly isn't thrilled that the domain name australianchristianlobby.org has been registered by Australian Cat Ladies, a group which shares the same initials but vocally supports marriage equality, a cause the Christian ACL has repeatedly argued against. I'm very willing to enjoy any embarrassment heaped on the narrow-minded bigots at the Christian ACL, but the situation doesn't demonstrate that all organisations need to register every possible URL associated with their cause.
We've looked at the best web-hosting companies, but you also need a domain name to make your website a reality. When it's time to register your domain name, which registrar do you choose? Here are five options that offer a good combination of affordability, features, customer service and reliability.
You've registered a personal domain name because you thought you'd create a web site and never did. Or maybe you're just hosting a custom email address and you wish you were doing more. There are plenty of clever ways you can use your domain name to promote yourself, provide yourself with quick information, or just do something cool. Here are our favourites.
A brief note to mark a historic moment: late yesterday, the 2 millionth .au domain name was registered. To put that in context, back in 2002 (when current name policies were introduced), there were 275,000. Now .au is one of the 10 largest country code domains in the world, and we have just slightly less than one .au domain for every 10 people.
.au domains might cost more than their .com equivalents, but they clearly signal an Australian presence. auDA, which sets Australian domain name rules, is weighing up a number of changes, including possible changes to registration policies and the introduction of single-letter domain names, and it wants your thoughts.