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Customer losses stemming from botched transition was rather limited in first month.
ICANN has just published the monthly registry reports for June, the month that Moniker switched to an entirely new platform.
The switch caused numerous problems for Moniker and its customers. But it looks like — at least for the first month — the damage in terms of domain outflows was rather limited. Click to continue reading…
Barge message taunts neighbors across the Hudson.
Earlier today I wrote about the highly anticipated launch of .NYC domain names. GoDaddy is promoting the domain name heavily around New York City, including a big ad on a barge being piloted on the Hudson River.
Here are a couple photos of the barge, taunting New Jersey residents about how New York City has a domain name and they don’t.
In fact, only people who live or own a business in New York City are eligible to register the domain names. GoDaddy and other registrars are offering the domain names for about starting $25 today. Click here to see the pictures
Moniker customer explains some of the security holes that may have led to his domains being stolen, including some introduced by the transition from the old Moniker system to a new platform.
So it is sad to say goodbye to Moniker, and to witness the self-destruction of this company that played such a large role in the development of the domain industry.
So writes Nat Cohen, long time domain name investor and owner of perhaps the best portfolio of three character domains around. He was also one of Moniker’s first customers, a customer since before the registrar was even called Moniker.
What finally prompted Cohen to move his domain names was not Moniker’s initial botched transition from the legacy Moniker system to an entirely new platform. It’s the security holes that came with it. It’s the scary fact that some of Cohen’s names were stolen. Even though he got them back, that’s certainly enough to make anyone look for a new registrar. Click here to continue reading…
Ward moves from Directnic to Uniregistry.
Frank Schilling’s Uniregistry has hired Michael Ward as its new Director of Registrar Operations.
Ward will be in charge of registrar growth, marketing, and product support for the registrar side of the business.
This was a smart hire for Uniregistry. Ward has experience with many parts of the domain name ecoysystem and has a solid reputation in the industry.
He most recently served as Chief Operating Officer for DirectNic, a large and growing domain name registrar. He was key to building the registrar’s stable of country code top level domain names and growing the brand.
Prior to DirectNic, he worked for domain parking platform Parked.com. Both companies had common ownership for awhile.
Ward also has registry experience from stints with Public Interest Registry (.org) and Verisign.
Also, last week Uniregistry announced that Vern Jurovich has rejoined the company. Jurovich was Frank Schilling’s early partner. A press release just out says that he will be Chief Operating Officer.
Moniker tries to improve security, but…
Moniker just sent an email to all of its customers notifying them that their passwords were reset in the name of better security.
Requiring stronger passwords at Moniker is a good idea. It has historically had weak password requirements, including password character composition and reset requirements.
Yet the way Moniker made the change was probably counterproductive to security.
The email to each customer included the login username and new password in plain text. Click here to continue reading…