GoDaddy introduces two factor authentication outside U.S.

Security tool expanded to 185 countries.

Two Factor AuthenticationNon-U.S. customers of GoDaddy can now activate two-factor authentication to add security to their accounts.

The service has been available in the U.S. for several years, and international customers have been asking for it.

The SMS-based system sends a text message to customers after they enter their standard login credentials. They must enter a code from the text message before gaining access to their account.

In theory, this means someone would have to obtain both your login credentials and phone in order to crack into your account.

Other registrars, such as Uniregistry and eNom, use Google Authenticator as an app-based two factor authentication. These work in all countries.

GoDaddy’s international expansion of two-factor authentication adds 184 countries, so odds are it works where you live.

.Online domain name registrations by the numbers

A look inside .Online’s strong debut.

By all accounts, .Online had a great first day yesterday. It got over 30,000 registrations. Its overnight zone file now sits at about 35,000 names.

I dug through the zone file to look for patterns. Here’s what I found…

Here are three companies that registered a lot of domains. There might be others, but these companies pointed the names to their corporate nameservers: Click to continue reading…

Progressive Specialty Glass Company nailed for RDNH

Company fails to even make a prima facie of lack of rights or legitimate interest.

Specialty drinkware company Progressive Specialty Glass Company has engaged in reverse domain name hijacking.

National Arbitration Forum panelist Darryl C. Wilson came to this determination after the glass company filed a UDRP against Progressive Specialty Co Inc, a swag maker.

Both companies have been in a business for decades, and Progressive Specialty Co Inc. registered the domain name back in 1999.

It seems that, just recently, the complainant started pestering the respondent about her domain name. The complainant tried to get the respondent to sell her domain name. When that failed, it filed the UDRP. Click to continue reading…

Cha-ching: Minds + Machines picks up another $3.5 million from losing auctions

New TLD company reaps millions from losing .art and .data auctions.

Minds + MachinesNew top level domain name company Minds + Machines has padded its bank account with another $3.5 million as a result of losing two more top level domain auctions.

The company got the money from losing private auctions for .art and .data.

Minds + Machines still has an interest in 7 contested strings, so it might pick up even more cash from losing auctions in the future.

With about $50 million in its bank account, the company is considering the best way to return excess cash to shareholders. It is considering a special dividend or share buybacks. One of its board members, Elliot Noss, has done significant share buybacks at Tucows.

Despite the big cash hoard, the company is tightening its belt for the long run. This is a mature decision that bodes well for the company’s future.

In other Minds + Machines news, former board member and co-founder Frederick Krueger sold another 20 million shares. He only has 21.5 million left.

.Online gets 28,000 registrations in first 30 minutes

New domain name likely sets launch record for new domain names.

The new .online top level domain name received over 28,000 registrations in the first 30 minutes of general availability today. It now has over 30,000 registrations, including 1,130 high priced registrations during the early access period.

In addition to being a very popular word tacked onto the end of existing registrations in .com, .Online registry has been heavily promoting the domain name. I received two promotional emails yesterday from registrars. Also, former .online partners Tucows and NameCheap will push the domain.

Radix is also buying outdoor advertising in San Francisco to promote .online. All told, it’s putting millions of dollars into its marketing.

The thing I see holding .online back is steep premium prices on many domain names. In many cases I checked, you can get [Word]online.com for much less.