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An Infographic: 15 Interesting Facts About the .net TLD

.net TLD recently surpassed 15 million .net domains registered globally, making it one of the most popular domain extensions on the Internet today. To mark this momentous occasion, Verisign, the operator of the infrastructure for a portfolio of top-level domains including .net and .com, pulled together 15 facts about .net, which go as follows:

15 Facts About .net:

1: Almost 139,000 domains registered in other top-level domains (TLDs) immediately forward to the same name, but as a .net site.

2: The first domain name to ever exist was a .net. While the first domain name to be registered was the now famous, it is a lesser known fact that the very first domain name ever to exist was was created by the registry with the same name as the first Internet rootserver ( later went on to be the first domain name to go through the full registration process.

3: Due to its unique status .net is not among the six other original generic top-level-domains in RFC920, the document which outlines the original domain name conventions. It was still created on the same day as the others though – 1/1/1985.

4: Today the .net zone sits over 15 million registered domains, roughly 10 times more than in the year 2000 when there were about 1.5 million registered.

5: The .net zone has doubled in size since 2006.

6: In 2012, the average character length of .net domain names created was 12 characters.

7: As social media grows in popularity, a trend of registering domain names and pointing them to social media accounts is emerging; most notably on Facebook. As of March 2013, 6,503 .net domain names pointed to Facebook. This is up from 5,039 in March 2012. That’s almost a 23% annual growth rate.

8: Approximately half of the 15 million .net domains registered today are registered within the United States.

9: .net domain names are hosted in more than 200 countries worldwide.

10: Almost half (48%) of the .net domains registered in India have e-commerce functionality on their sites.

11: A single .net domain name can be registered in as many as 350 different native languages thanks to internationalized-domain-names (IDNs). IDNs make the Internet more globally accessible and functional by enabling domain names in non-ASCII characters.

12: Verisign applied for three transliterations of .net in Hangul, Simplified Chinese, and Devanagari last year through ICANN’s new gTLD program.

13: The percentage of the total base of .net domain names that are registered in Japan (2.51%) is almost twice that of the percentage of the total base of .com domains that are registered in Japan (1.43%).

14: DNSSEC (Domain Name System Security Extensions) adds security to the DNS. Compared to .com, .net has almost double the percentage of DNSSEC enabled domains today.

15: Today, more than 99.9% of 6+ character .net domain names are available.

To learn more about .net and see if the domain name you want is available, visit

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The Life of Kenneth Brill: A Tribute to the Father of the Data Center Industry [Infographic]

Kenneth G. Brill, Founder, Uptime Institute, passed away earlier this month.

Mr. Brill pioneered several innovations in the data center industry over the past 25 years, including dual power, the industry’s Tier system for evaluating and classifying data center facility performance, and IT/facility energy efficiency and productivity measurement.

His research into the economic meltdown of Moore’s Law, data center productivity and energy efficiency, and IT’s declining economics have had a a major impact on the data center performance and sustainability.

The infographic below by Who Is Hosting This takes a unique look at the life Mr. Brill and examines the legacy he left behind.

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An Infographic: How Safe is Your Website from Hackers?

What do an outdated image re-sizer, US Bank, and computer hacking have in common? In 2012, this well-known bank fell victim to computer hackers due to an old WordPress plug-in.

Hacking is a problem affecting millions of webmasters per year. 648,000,000 websites fall prey to hackers, due to some common neglect and vulnerabilities, that include:

  • Using cheap hosting companies.
  • Hosting outdated plug-ins.
  • Maintaining poor or weak passwords.
  • Leveraging out-of-date platforms, extensions, and third-party services.

A number of weaknesses allow hackers access to your website’s operations and content, potentially halting or ruining present business affairs.

Joomla and WordPress are among hacker-favorited sites, with almost half of the web’s top 100 blogs using WordPress for content management. Heinous actions, such as using script injections and site redirects, are used by hackers who are privy to particular ‘security holes’ related to Joomla and WordPress.

In March of last year, over 30,000 Joomla and WordPress sites were injected with malicious software. In the years 2010-2012, potential for incoming malware and similar threats increased 140%.

While a number of high-profile brands have experienced unsuspected hacks, negligence and lack of awareness are top causes for falling victim of a hacker attack.

Be aware, taking note of available solutions and safeguards:

  • Verify existing websites using Google Webmaster Tools.
  • Use a well-known and secure hosting service.
  • Backup up all website content and associated plans and notes.
  • Use strong, complicated passwords, changing them often.
  • Take inventory of PHP extensions, keeping them up-to-date.
  • Reveal inbound PHP requests, revealing potential hackers’ IP addresses.

This infographic from, gives great insights about website security, possible threats and how you can protect your websites from the same:

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An Infographic: Magic Lantern, a Keystroke Logging Software Developed by the FBI

Magic Lantern is keystroke logging software developed by the United States’ Federal Bureau of Investigation. Variously described as a virus and a Trojan horse, it can be installed remotely, via an e-mail attachment or by exploiting common operating system vulnerabilities. It’s unclear whether Magic Lantern would transmit keystrokes it records back to the FBI over the Internet or store the information to be seized later in a raid.

The FBI intends to deploy Magic Lantern in the form of an e-mail attachment. When the attachment is opened, it installs a trojan horse on the suspect’s computer. The trojan horse is activated when the suspect uses PGP encryption, often used to increase the security of sent e-mail messages. When activated, the trojan horse will log the PGP password, which allows the FBI to decrypt user communications.

Magic Lantern could be installed over the Internet by tricking a person into double-clicking an e-mail attachment or by exploiting some of the same weaknesses in popular commercial software that allow hackers to break into computers.

Co-operation by Antivirus Vendors

Magic Lantern was first reported in a column by Bob Sullivan of MSNBC on 20 November 2001 and by Ted Bridis of the Associated Press.

Bridis reported that Network Associates (maker of McAfee anti-virus products), had contacted the FBI following the press reports about Magic Lantern to ensure their anti-virus software would not detect the program. While Network Associates issued a denial, the public disclosure of the existence of Magic Lantern sparked a debate as to whether anti-virus companies could or should detect the FBI’s keystroke logger.

This infographic by MobiStealth looks at how the Magic Lantern progressed over time, and precisely what the rootkit can help steal from a target’s system:

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An Infographic: 99.9% of Domains That Have Six or More Characters Available on the .net Domain

Today, being on the Internet is becoming increasingly important for anyone who thinks of owning a business. The Internet opens up a new world for start-ups, savvy businessman or smart entrepreneurs who want to capitalize on the opportunity to spread their business globally.

After deciding the business model, the next thing on the agenda is to finalise an interesting name for the business so that it can be easily searched by people and at the same time, relates to the nature of the business. And then follows the urge to acquire an Internet domain name for the company at the earliest.

For people with innovative business ideas, there are millions of possibilities for the website to be hosted on the world’s best domains, such as .com and .net – yes, it is not as difficult as one thinks to get the name they want for their website! If a business should have an identity online, one can simply choose the domains that help them get that recognition which will define their presence on internet. .com and .net domain names are among the most recognized on the internet.

While .com is a great option and the most sought after for businesses across the world, .net is a rising alternative especially for entrepreneurs building their businesses online. Here’s why: it allows businesses to

  • Be authentic by aligning the business with a domain that is widely recognized.
  • Be confident with a domain that has been connecting businesses and customers online with 100% reliability, availability and security for over 15 years.
  • Be recognizable by choosing the name the owner really wants on a best-in-class domain.

But fret not: the .net names are not all gone! Today, 99.9% of domains that have six or more characters are available on the .net domain. The following infographic illustrates this:

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An Infographic: Understanding Identity theft, Computer viruses and General Internet safety

OpenCollege recently developed this go-to resource on Cyber Safety, which is a compilation of various internet safety tips and tricks one needs to be aware with while surfing the web. Covering many sensitive issues of our times including Cyber bullying, Identity theft, Plagiarism, Computer viruses and General Internet safety, this infographic is very well-researched, detailed, interactive, and most importantly, informative. Have a look:

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An Infographic: Is Cloud Based Security Right For Your Company’s Web and Email Systems?

An implementation checklist for Cloud security with in-depth analysis of its modus operandi, merits and options available:

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An Inforgraphic: SMB Cloud Market across Asia Pacific to Reach US $19.8 billion in 2015

Asia Pacific SMB cloud services market opportunity will reach US$19.8 billion in 2015, says the Parallels Asia-Pacific SMB Cloud Insights report.

The huge growth will likely be due to the fact that a majority of the SMBs across Asia-Pacific region prefer to go straight to the cloud, rather than installing in-house IT solutions. China and India with 3.3 million and 3.5 million SMBs respectively are expected to be the front-runners for cloud services in Asia Pacific.

The Infographic below summarizes the key findings of the report. However, country specific findings for Asia-Pacific are:

  • Australia
    Australian SMB market will reach AUD$1.5 billion in 2015, registering a growth of AUD$630 million over the next three years.
  • China
    China, as of September 2012, represented an estimated market of ¥10.8 billion RMB. The figure will likely reach ¥24.2B RMB (US$3.8 billion) in 2015, thereby registering a 31 percent annual growth. 72% of Chinese SMBs who haven’t deployed servers yet, are likely to be major contributors of the growth.
  • India
    Indian cloud services market will reach 36.9 billion (US$664 million) in 2015, registering 45% annual growth over 11.9 billion (US$216 million) in September 2012.


To download the complete report by Parallels, click here.

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An Infographic- Weighing up the Cloud: Cloud security turns off 92% of IT Professionals

A survey of 120 IT professionals conducted by PEER 1 Hosting at the Cloud Expo trade-show in January revealed some common concerns among people when weighing up the cost of the cloud.

Security threats topped the list with 92% of IT decision makers citing them as a reason preventing from adopting the cloud, while 42% claimed they were put off by the cost of migrating to the cloud.

89% of decision makers said Flexibility in the cloud encourages them to make a purchase and 71% cited scalability as a key factor. 12.5% of the respondents believe that cloud is a solution to the capex/opex debate.

The very fact that only 20% of the respondents trusted the cloud enough to make a full transition – with 78% preferring to opt for a hybrid cloud solution highlights the high demand for simplified, cost-effective business cloud services.

“The security risks presented by the cloud are the same as those associated with using Gmail, Facebook or Dropbox, yet people still store even their most personal details in these public domains,” said Mr. Dominic Monkhouse, MD EMEA and SVP customer experience, PEER 1 Hosting.

“In our research we’re seeing that although companies understand the multiple benefits of the cloud, they’re still being put off by security risks. These results show that the industry needs to do more to communicate the fact that enterprise cloud solutions use even more stringent security protocols than consumer software. Our public cloud offering utilises the best security solutions available,” he added.

PEER 1 Hosting recently launched its enterprise grade public cloud Mission Critical Cloud which provides best-in-class security, built in disaster recovery and cloud management functions for day-to-day automation. The solution is powered by Tier 3’s cloud services, which are virtualised with VMware to provide security, performance and reliability in the cloud.

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An Infographic: Facts and figures about Equinix’s new Washington D.C. data-center DC11

Last week, Equinix expanded AWS Direct Connect service to it’s Seattle data centers SE2 and SE3. The announcement came with the launch event of company’s new Washington, D.C. data center DC11.

Equinix has released a new infographic on the DC 11 facility drawing some very interesting analogies to show the state-of-the-art infrastructure that is in place. Have a look:

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