The Growing Threat of Domain Hijacking (and How to Protect Against It)

The Growing Threat of Domain Hijacking (and How to Protect Against It)

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.

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Phone call security scam warning

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.
 
 

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Internet Security Tips from Webnames.ca Support Team

The Internet is an integral part of our society, and continues to be a great research tool that can be accessible anywhere around the world. Since the internet is accessible to anyone, it presents potential risks that “hackers” can exploit.

Here are a few internet safety tips directly from our customer support team member, Sean Lavasani about how to keep yourself secure online.

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New gTLD Highlight: .INSURANCE

Webnames.ca is now accepting pre-registrations for upcoming new generic Top Level Domain Names (like .web, .hotel, .blog, .home, .tech etc.) and we’re getting a lot of great feedback from our customers!

These new extensions are a huge opportunity for businesses and individuals. Think of the possibilities! You can be creative (YourCompanyName.insurance), you can be industry minded (YourCompanyName.insurance).
   
In order to showcase the benefits of these new extensions, we plan to highlight a new gTLD each week!

This week, we’re taking a look at .INSURANCE, detailing the new gTLD’s potential uses and how it can benefit registrants for this specific domain space.

Benefits of a .INSURANCE domain name:

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Potential Security Threat to WordPress – Update your Password!

The seedy underbelly of the Internet is at it again. This time, their target is WordPress, with the aim of taking control over such websites for the proliferation of spam, the hosting of phishing websites – or both. To facilitate such an attack, a massive and well-connected botnet has been assembled, consisting of some 90,000 compromised computers and websites.  These unwitting participants will have been programmed to attempt access to hundreds of thousands of WordPress installations across the globe (not only at Webnames.ca) through the administrator login and weak login passwords.

While Webnames is taking precautionary measures to limit the impact of the actual login attempts (referred to as brute-force attacks, which when especially voluminous form a distributed denial of service attack (DDoS)), any WordPress installation which utilizes an easily guessed password is now, more than ever, at serious risk of becoming compromised.

Protection from this risk is as simple as utilizing a complex password.

A complex password can come at the cost of some convenience; however the convenience factor pales in comparison to the cost of losing your entire website.

What constitutes a weak password is subjective, however if your current password favors convenience or simplicity, then it should be considered weak. Passwords containing sequential numbers, owner names, usernames, domain names, addresses etc. or one of 500 easily guessed passwords , are all easy fodder for a compromised computer (ala the aforementioned botnet) to systematically guess – it is simply a matter of time.

We strongly encourage all WordPress website owners to update their passwords – either directly or with the assistance of a trusted party. We have provided instructions on our website and are happy to assist customers with this update.

Please contact our Customer Support team at 1 866 221-7878 or support@webnames.ca

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New Cybele Negris Article: Sorting out the technology behind secure websites

Webnames.ca President and Co-founder, Cybele Negris’ new article titled “Sorting out the technology behind secure websites” is out and you can find it on the Business in Vancouver magazine. In this article, she explains to us the basics of SSL (Secure Sockets Layer), how it works, and why online businesses should have them.

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Internationalized Domain Names (IDN) – What you need to know

Webnames.ca would like to announce that on January 13, 2013, we will start offering the ability to register Internationalized Domain Names (IDN). In short, .CA holders will be able to use characters that are outside American Standard Code for Information Interchange (ASCII) or the English Alphabet. In Canada’s case, CIRA will be implementing the use of French IDNs.

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More Value with Webnames.ca Web Hosting Plans: Secure Your Website for 80% less!

Webnames.ca would like to announce that we are launching some new additions to our Web Hosting Plans! New features include a Rapid SSL Certification that can be added to your hosting plan for just $2* per month and the ability to host multiple domains from a single account.

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Cyber Security Tip Sheet – Mobile Devices

CIRA‘s latest Cyber Security Tip Sheet is about Mobile Devices. Our mobile devices have become such an integral part of our lives. With the constant technological innovations being introduced in the market, may of us assume that our devices have greater security and privacy capabilities compared to laptops and desktops. As a result, we start exercising less caution when using our phones, which can lead to serious security and privacy issues.

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How to Stay Secure When Socializing and Interacting Online

CIRA’s latest Cyber Security Consumer Tip Sheet is about Socializing and Interacting Online. The majority of people use the Internet as a source to keep in touch with family and friends. Not all our online experiences are positive though.The tip sheet goes over the main issues you can face online when socializing and tips to deal with these problems such as:
Identity Theft

Any time you add personal details to your online profile, there is the risk that a scammer may steal them. Though many may seem innocuous, it may only take a few details–your full name and your full date of birth, for instance–to open the door to your online accounts. As well, if your status updates aren’t kept private scammers may watch them to gather details that will let them guess your password or your security question.

Scams

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