Webnames 2017 Year in Review and What We’re Working on for 2018

A Message from Cybele Negris, Webnames CEO and Co-Founder:

As we wind down another year here at Webnames, I am keenly aware that we have much to be thankful for. This past year we celebrated the 30th anniversary of .CA, a domain my co-founder John Demco brought to life, and 17 amazing years in business. We also had a lot of fun celebrating Canada 150, highlighting some of our favourite customer-owned .CA domains and sharing our 150 Things to Remember When Starting a Business in .CA. And of course, there is you – our customers. You make coming to work every day both fun and rewarding, and keep us striving to do our very best.

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Phishing is Inevitable, but Victimization is Not: How to Protect your Small or Medium Sized Business in 2018

Small and medium sized businesses are not actively being targeted by cyberattackers, so I‘ve got time to get my security measures in place, right?

Nope.

You are not alone in thinking this however.  According to a recent study conducted by Edelman Intelligence for the major US insurance provider Nationwide, 41% of business owners believe cyberattacks happen more frequently in large businesses than in small businesses. In actuality, small businesses are often more vulnerable to cyberattacks than large businesses because they lack the financial and technical resources to implement robust security infrastructures. And don’t think it’s any different in Canada.

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How Canadian Trade-Mark Owners Can Prepare for Major Changes Coming to the Trade-Marks Act

A little over a year from now the most substantive changes to the Canadian Trademarks Act in over half a century will begin to take effect.  Trisha Doré, a registered Trade-mark agent with Richards Buell Sutton who specializes in the preparation, filing and prosecution of trade-mark applications, recommends that Canadian trademark owners audit their portfolios over the course of 2018 in light of the forthcoming changes, taking advantage of lower government fees and educating themselves about opportunities to extend their rights into non-traditional marks not previously been registrable.

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Dr. Scott Sampson: Growing up in Vancouver, Raising a Wild Child & Envisioning Science World’s Future

Last year Science World named world renowned paleontologist and science communicator Dr. Scott Sampson as its new President and CEO. Born and raised in Vancouver, with a PhD in zoology from the University of Toronto, Sampson has held positions at the Natural History Museum of Utah, the New York Institute of Technology, and American Museum of Natural History before assuming the helm at Science World.

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Lunapads – A Social Mission, Feminist Business with a Growing Market

Madeleine Shaw and Suzanne Siemens are the founders and innovators behind Lunapads, a social mission driven business based in our hometown of Vancouver. They have been making and refining their lines of menstrual products, Lunapads and LunaUndies, since their first prototypes in 1993, believing that using reusable menstrual products are an empowering way to honor and care for women’s bodies and the planet.

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Internet Service Providers in Canada Compared

As we all become increasingly addicted to online streaming services like Netflix and Amazon’s Prime, it’s a good time to review the Internet Service Providers that provide us with the ability to binge watch 20 episodes of The Good Wife in an evening, or (heaven forbid!) download the two most recent seasons of Game of Thrones. Is there a difference between them other than price? Do we have an actual “choice” when it comes to who delivers us our evening’s entertainment of hatewatching Scandal, or worse, Riverdale?

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Webnames Achieves Climate Smart Certification

After a lot of hard work, we are proud to announce that last month we officially became Climate Smart certified.  This was achieved through several training sessions, the creation of an exhaustive inventory of our greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and of a GHG reduction plan. For those of you considering doing the certification – and we encourage you to do so! — the Climate Smart group, provides some very smart software for this purpose.  Once you’ve collected all of your data and entered it to the system, it reveals not only an organization’s gross emissions for the year but an illuminating summary of where those emissions come from.

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New Domains Launching this April

April is right around the corner, and so are a handful of great new domain extensions. Here they are in order of their General Registration launch dates:

.FUN – April 05, 2017

Short and memorable, .FUN is the perfect online destination for entertainment, humour, recreation, products and activities that bring joy to people. MakeThings.fun with this peppy new extension.

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Masa Takei: The Storyteller

Masa, we’re super excited that you have agreed to share your story with us, our customers and followers. So let’s get to it, we have some questions for you. First off, can you tell us a little bit about yourself and what you do?

I work as a freelance writer, kind of a hunter-gatherer of stories. I’ve written in an array of mediums including magazines and newspapers, online, and for the screen. For example, I wrote stories about traveling through the Northwest Passage for The Globe and Mail and through the Great Bear Rainforest for Explore, created a year-long video series for RadX while building an off-grid cabin on Haida Gwaii, and worked on epically bad feature movies about half-vampires and genetically modified mercenaries. In my wallet I carry a license to go anywhere, talk to anyone, do anything and call it work (as long as I produce something to share). What could be better than that?

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Should you register a .ECO domain? Here’s what you should know before you decide.

Another new gTLD is set to launch in April. Yup, we get it. You have heard this all before …

With the introduction of so many new domain extensions in recent years, businesses and orgs, as well as marketing teams, IP managers and technical administrators of domain portfolios are becoming immune to the messages new gTLDs are putting forth.

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20 of the Best Free High Quality Stock Photo Sites

Need some free stock photos for your next project? Check out our list of top stock photo libraries.

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Let’s be honest, most stock photo sites out there charge an arm and a leg for a single image. It’s hard to justify paying a high price for an image that you might only use once but incorporating an image helps keep visitors to your website engaged.

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Is Pokemon Go a fad? Maybe. Should you ignore it? Nope.

Pokemon Go Screenshot

Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you’ve probably heard about Pokemon Go. But seriously, what is it?

Pokemon Go originally started out as an April Fool’s prank by Google back in 2014. It generated so much demand and buzz that Google eventually tasked Niantic Studios with creating the game. Using the lessons it previously learned from Ingress, Niantic used augmented reality to create Pokemon Go.

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