Category Archives: Internet

What is allowed in a Domain Name?

The only characters allowed in a Domain Name are the 26 letters of the English alphabet, numbers 0-9, and hyphens (-). A domain cannot begin or end with a hyphen, but it may contain one or more hyphens. You may use up to 63 characters plus the gTLD (generic Top Level Domain: .com, .net, and .org) as part of the Domain Name. Each ccTLD (country code TLD) Registry has its own restrictions on the length and format. Domain Names are not case sensitive and are usually displayed in all lowercase. You may, however, use capital letters to emphasis words in your Domain Name, like: MyWebSpace.com

What is a domain name?

A domain name is an area on the Internet which identifies your company, organization, a particular product or service.

Domain names were originally established to make computer addresses easier to remember. On the Internet each computer has it’s own numeric address similar to post codes. Numeric address [ 11.22.33.44 ] is more difficult to remember than www.abc.com

Domain Name Availability Search

Two searches are performed when you do an availability search for a domain.

The first tries to resolve the domain name to an IP address – if this fails, then the system assumes that it is available.

Then upon adding the domain to your shopping basket in our shop, a slower direct Registry search is performed where the domain is then found. This will result in either the domain being available for purchase or showing as already registered.

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Domain Name Availability

.com, .net and .org domain name availability is verified by Easyspace and other accredited registrars through the SRS (Shared Registration System), a universal database of available .com, net and .org domain names. This system prevents a domain name that is successfully registered through Easyspace from being registered through another domain name registration site.

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Firefox 3.0.1 fixes blended-threat vulnerability

Mozilla has updated Firefox to 3.0.1 (and 2.0.0.16 for those still using Firefox 2): both updates containing critical security and stability updates.

You might remember the “carpet-bombing” vulnerability discovered last month that affected Internet Explorer and Safari for Windows: Turns out Firefox was vulnerable, too. Security researcher Billy Rios found the problem, but disclosed it only to Mozilla. (Mac users remain unaffected.)

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Microsoft-Yahoo: Setting the Record Straight Once More

It seems Mondays are slowly becoming the traditional days for Microsoft/Yahoo updates. Today, Microsoft saw the need to ‘set the record straight’ after Yahoo had released a statement on Saturday that, according to Microsoft, contained too many inaccuracies to be left uncorrected. Microsoft and Carl Icahn had offered Yahoo a guaranteed search revenue of $2.3 billion annually for five years, but Yahoo rejected this bid on Saturday. In the announcement, Yahoo argues that its deal with Google has “superior financial value and less complexity.” Yahoo also believes that replacing the current board and top management at Yahoo would destabilize the company too much during the long period before the deal would get regulatory approval.

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