So you have an idea for a business, and you know it’s a winner. But you need the perfect domain: something professional, memorable, succinct and effective. Your domain is your web address online, and an essential part of your online presence—you want it to further your marketing efforts, help you reach your audience and reflect the purpose of your company or cause.
Have you ever noticed a green lock icon when you’re shopping around online? Or maybe you’ve seen websites using HTTPS instead of HTTP.
If you have, then you’ve seen SSL encryption at work.
Domain hijacking seems like a foreign concept to most but it is a very real threat. While it doesn’t gain as much attention as spam or malware, domain hijacking is equally as disruptive to businesses and organizations. In most cases, these disruptions are temporary but they can produce lingering fallout on brands.
Webnames.ca was recently alerted to a phishing scam concerning domain suspensions. The phishing emails portray that they are being sent from us and state that your domain has been suspended. However, once the recipient clicks on the link within the spoofed email, they are susceptible to malicious payload.
Update to a browser that supports TLS 1.1 or 1.2 by June 2016, or start seeing broken websites.
On June 1st, 2016, you might have trouble seeing your favourite websites (and Webnames.ca) if you are using one of the older web browser versions listed below:
On Sunday, 100,000 or more WordPress website may have been compromised by a mysterious malware and causing infected sites to download malicious code and attack site visitors. Due to the severity of the attack, Google has already flagged more than 11,000 domain names as malicious but many more sites have been compromised.
Last Tuesday (October 14, 2014), the Security Team at Google announced that a new SSL vulnerability has been discovered. Dubbed POODLE (Padding Oracle On Downloaded Legacy Encryption), the vulnerability allows hackers to gain access to encrypted data, including email, banking and social media accounts. Attacks are dependent on the fact that most web servers and browsers continue to use the 15 year old SSL 3.0 to secure their communications. Although SSL has been succeeded by Transport Layer Security (TSL) encryption, SSL 3.0 is still widely used by to support compatibility with Internet Explorer 6.
Webnames.ca would like to notify all customers that our servers have not been affected by the OpenSSL Security Advisory issued on June 5th 2014 and that your information, data and privacy remain secure.
Whether you need a simple solution for your website or have more complicated security needs, GeoTrust SSL certificates are a great way to enhance the security of your website.
Webnames.ca would like to notify all customers that our servers have not been affected by the Heartbleed SSL vulnerability and that your information, data and privacy remain uncompromised.
The Heartbleed SSL vulnerability is a serious bug that has affected the popular OpenSSL encryption software. The bug has compromised information that under normal circumstances is protected by powerful encryption. The compromised versions are OpenSSL version 1.0.1 to 1.0.1f.
I was recently added to a mailing list for an organization and I started to get a few emails that I wasn’t used to seeing, email scams.
Most of these scams are what the industry calls a “phishing” email. Phishing emails are emails that you receive that attempt to get your usernames, passwords, credit cards and other personal information by masquerading as a trustworthy organization that you have dealt with or currently use. Phishing emails may contain links to websites infected with viruses or more often, redirect users to sites that look and feel like the real organization. The follow are some steps on how you can identify an email scam and not get tricked by one.
A few weeks ago, we published a blog on how to determine if a website is a fake, fraud or a scam. The blog was informative, with great content and advice; and we felt that it deserved a follow up post. This follow up post comes from the perspective of a business, rather than the the online shopper.
While working at Webnames.ca, I have investigated numerous fake, fraudulent or phishing websites, and they usually have a number of common traits to look for. Here are some easy steps on how to determine if a website is a fake, fraud, or scam:
Attention to all Internet users, a new scam is running around, using the Canadian Internet Registration Authority’s (CIRA) name. The targets have been mainly .CA domain holders, but those with other domains should also be aware.
The scam begins with a phone call, allegedly from CIRA. The caller will then ask for your computer’s information and will then guide you through a process that ultimately provides the scammer remote control over your computer and the sensitive information contained within.
If you do receive a phone call like this, please do not respond to the phone call or provide any information to the caller. Please report any incidents of this new scam to the Canadian Anti-fraud Centre.
PRISM sounds like an acronym from the cold war. I think about Get Smart or Man from UNCLE; secret handshakes and the dome of silence. The difference now is that the top spies are spying on us.