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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 Symbolics.com, it is a lesser known fact that the very first domain name ever to exist was Nordu.net. Nordu.net was created by the registry with the same name as the first Internet rootserver (nic.nordu.net). Symbolics.com 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 VerisignInc.com/dotnet.

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The U.S. Cloud Computing Industry Stands to Lose $22 to $35 billion as a Result of PRISM Exposé

The recent revelations about the extent to which the National Security Agency (NSA) and other U.S. law enforcement and national security agencies have used provisions in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) and USA PATRIOT Act to obtain electronic data from third parties will likely have an immediate and lasting impact on the competitiveness of the U.S. cloud computing industry if foreign customers decide the risks of storing data with a U.S. company outweigh the benefits, according to the statistics revealed by the latest report of the Information Technology and Innovation foundation (ITIF).

If European cloud customers cannot trust the United States government, then maybe they won’t trust U.S.cloud providers either. If I am right, there are multibillion-euro consequences for American companies. If I were an American cloud provider, I would be quite frustrated with my government right now.
– Neelie Kroes, European Commissioner for Digital Affairs.

The United States has been a global leader in providing cloud computing services globally and a big chunk of the US Cloud industry’s revenue comes from companies outside the North America. Of late, however, other countries, especially Europeans, are trying to play catch-up to the United States’ early success, and are even taking their governments’ help to do so. France, for example, has invested €135 million in a joint venture in cloud computing.

As shown in table 1 below, the global enterprise public cloud computing market will be a $207 billion industry by 2016. While much of this projected growth was until recently up for grabs by U.S. companies, the disclosures of the NSA’s electronic surveillance may fundamentally alter the market dynamics.

“Whoever fears their communication is being intercepted in any way should use services that don’t go through American servers,” declared Hans-Peter Friedrich, German Interior Minister publicly. German Justice Minister Jörg-Uwe Hahn has also called for a boycott of U.S. companies.

How much do U.S. cloud computing providers stand to lose from PRISM?

The Cloud Security Alliance conducted a survey in June and July of 2013 amongst its members who are industry practitioners, companies, and other cloud computing stakeholders, about their reactions to the NSA leaks.

10 percent of non-US respondents indicated that they had cancelled a project with a U.S.-based cloud computing provider; 56 percent said that they would be less likely to use a U.S.-based cloud computing service. 36 percent of the U.S. residents indicated that the NSA leaks made it more difficult for them to do business outside of the United States.

Cloud Security Alliance PRISM Survey
Soruce: Cloud Security Alliance

Thus given the current conditions, on the low end, U.S. cloud computing providers might lose $21.5 billion over the next three years. This estimate assumes the U.S. eventually loses about 10 percent of foreign market to European or Asian competitors and retains its currently projected market share for the domestic market.

US Cloud Industry Share Post-Prism
Table 1: Low estimate of losses from NSA revelations, in $ billions.

On the high end, U.S. cloud computing providers might lose $35.0 billion by 2016. This assumes the U.S. eventually loses 20 percent of the foreign market to competitors and retains its current domestic market share.

US Cloud Industry Share Post-Prism-1
Table 2: High estimate of losses from NSA revelations, in $ billions.

What should the U.S. government do?

The economic consequences of national security decisions should be part of the debate, and this cannot happen until more details about PRISM have been revealed. The U.S. government needs to proactively declassify information about the PRISM program and allow companies to reveal more details about what information has been requested of them by the government.

Also, the U.S. government should make it is clear what information U.S.-based and non-U.S.-based companies are disclosing to both domestic and foreign governments. U.S. trade negotiators should work to include transparency requirements in trade agreements, including the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) currently being negotiated with the EU.

If the U.S. government continues to impede U.S. cloud computing providers, other nations are more than willing to step in to grow their own industries at the expense of U.S. businesses.

To see the full report by Daniel Castro, a Senior Analyst with the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation and Director of the Center for Data Innovation, click here.

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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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Introduction to Cloud Storage: Understanding Your Options

Cloud storage solution is emerging as an alternative to the in-house data storage and backup. It is a growing industry where data storage solution is offered through third-party managed platforms – typically over the internet. Data, folders and files can be shared and stored in a multi-tenant, resource pool that is accessible from anywhere.

Several types of cloud storage solutions are available for personal as well as business usage. For example – one of the first and popular cloud storage services were Google Docs and Spreadsheets offered by the search engine giant. They have played a pivotal role in popularizing cloud storage in both business and personal level.

In a cloud storage environment, company and personal data can be accessed from anywhere and on any internet enabled device if it is integrated to the cloud. Cloud storage solutions have allowed organizations to free spaces earlier occupied by in-house data storage.

By adopting cloud storage solutions organizations have benefited in more than one way. It offers them a scalable environment where the storage capacity can be adjusted as per the volume of data and accessibility requirements. These can be automated so that the storage capacity expands and contracts with change in demand.

It is flexible and offers anytime, anywhere accessibility. Cloud data storage has liberated businesses from the confinement of desktops and helped them go mobile. Organizations adapting BYOD environment are facilitating information storage and transfer through cloud storing solutions.

Advantages of Cloud Storage

Cloud storage can differ in terms of the services offered by them like – storing file, emails or pictures. Others may offer storing solutions to all kind of digital data.

Normally, cloud storage spans over several datacenters located at different geographical locations. It is technically known as redundancy. As a result, they offer faster access to stored information and at the same time better backup solution. Cloud backup can resolve issues with data lost by restoring data faster. The information stored online is replicated for safekeeping so that if something happens to the client end computer system data can be restored from the backup with no time loss.

Depending upon your requirements and budget you can opt for public or private storage solutions. Normally, companies with stronger IT infrastructure may decide to build their private cloud storage for safekeeping mission-critical information.

Hybrid cloud storage is finding wider acceptance with many large organizations. Hybrid cloud storage offers the best of two worlds. The mission-critical data is stored in the confined and secured environment and the rest hosted in scalable, multi-tenant platforms of cloud hosting service providers.

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PRISM Exposé Boosts Swiss Data Center Revenues

The stringent laws which govern Swiss banks are derivative of the nation’s privacy legislation, and now – thanks to the PRISM scandal – the country is fast becoming the ideal location for those turning their back on the cloud.

Recent leaks of the American National Security Agency’s (NSA) PRISM surveillance program have sparked growing concern over data privacy, with implications for global corporations using US-controlled cloud services, such as AWS, Azure and Dropbox. As a result, businesses are now turning to Switzerland for their data hosting needs.

Swiss ‘private’ hosting companies are seeing huge growth because privacy in Switzerland is enshrined in law. As the country is outside of the EU, it is not bound by pan-European agreements to share data with other member states, or worse, the US. Artmotion, for example, has witnessed 45 per cent growth in revenue amid this new demand for heightened privacy.

Until now the PRISM scandal has focused on the privacy of the individual, but the surveillance undertaken by NSA and Britain’s own GCHQ has spurred corporate concern about the risks associated with using American based cloud providers to host data. It is especially troubling for businesses with data privacy issues, such as banks or large defence and healthcare organisations with ‘secret’ research and development needs.

Before PRISM, the US was at the forefront of the cloud computing industry and companies worldwide flocked to take advantage of the scalable benefits of cloud hosting, as well as the potential cost savings it offered.

However the scandal has unearthed significant risks to data for businesses, as well as for their customers. With US cloud service providers, the government can request business information under the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) without the company in question ever knowing its data has been accessed.

For businesses large and small, data vulnerabilities and the threat of industrial espionage from US hosting sites can present real security risks or privacy implications, and it’s causing a real fear. Business owners are worried that by using US based systems, private information could potentially be seen by prying eyes.

The desire for data privacy has therefore seen a surge in large corporations turning to ‘Silicon’ Switzerland to take advantage of the country’s renowned privacy culture, which helps them host data without fear of it being accessed by foreign governments.

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Anturis IT Infrastructure Monitoring Software Delivers Great Features at Affordable Prices

Small and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) are growing, and with this growth, they’re changing the way they use technology to run their businesses. However, with their purse strings drawn tight and not having a clear road map of IT implementation, SMBs generally invest in IT in a phased manner. The problem manifolds for them as th? present market only offers solutions that are either expensive and bloated or open-source with a great need for fine-tuning and customizing. With limited knowledge of technology and their budgets tight, none of the options seem feasible for SMBs.

This is where a product like Anturis comes in. Promising features at par with enterprise-level IT monitoring softwares, without the exorbitant prices that generally accompany them, Anturis sounds like a pretty solid service that can play a strategic role in businesses of all sizes, helping companies do more with less to realize cost savings and profitability.

Modus-operandi

Configuring Anturis is an easy task and requires little effort. Once you create your account, you can choose which component of your infrastructure you want to monitor, including server, desktop, database, firewall, printer, application etc. You can do so easily on the main page of the Anturis control panel.

We chose to monitor one of our servers based in Mumbai, India. Once we chose it as a component, it became listed on the left side of the control panel as well as appeared as an icon in the main area, clicking on which showed the results of the monitoring session (more on it later).

Anturis Infrastructure Monitoring Software review

In order to monitor servers, a Private Agent needs to be installed on your system. The Private Agent sends collected data to the Anturis service via a secure HTTP connection to the Anturis cloud data center. A special agent software first needs to be downloaded from the Locations&Agents tab in the Anturis Console. The Agent installation (as well as all its subsequent maintenance) can be done easily with its own desktop GUI . Your user account credentials are required to connect the agent to the Anturis service. Once we supplied the correct information, the agent got connected and became visible in the list of ‘Available agents’ at the Anturis control panel.

Anturis Infrastructure Monitoring Software review 1

The modus-operandi of the Anturis Private Agent is better shown in the figure below:

Anturis Private Agent Installation

After installing the Private Agent, you need to create a person who’ll be notified in case of problems. Notifications can be delivered via email, SMS or phone call, and the notification method depends on problem severity. Once you assign a newly created person to be responsible for an application, you can also configure various other factors to customize the monitoring as per your needs, like the Error threshold, Monitor Period (the time interval between two subsequent checks of a monitored object) etc.

Over the next few days, we received regular daily status emails including a couple of warnings about problems with the server. We were also able to access the daily log report form the Anturis control panel.

Conclusion

As mentioned earlier, configuring Anturis is straightforward and doesn’t require technical skills. It monitored our web services effectively, from both user and infrastructure perspective, and provided us with truly valuable information and immediate feedback about errors that could have cost us significant time, resources and money, had they not been addressed timely.

Delivering features at par with enterprise-level IT monitoring softwares, without the grotesquely high prices that generally accompany them, Anturis comes across as an affordable, compressive and a very promising product, especially for the SMBs who cannot afford to spend an exorbitant amount of money on monitoring IT services.

Anturis was in the Beta at the time we used it for monitoring out infrastructure and is now available commercially with various new features and enhancements. There is also a free plan available for those who want to use limited services. For more details, click here.

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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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How Important is Server Location For Your Business?

Almost every business relies on some form of server technology, but does the location of this technology truly matter? Where does your data normally end up?

An increasing number of businesses are coming to  terms with the growing complexities cloud technology brings in and how it and other strategic IT choices are affecting their businesses. So what`s next?

With more and more companies moving their business data to the cloud, the last few years have seen considerable acceptance of cloud computing in the  market. The benefits of this technology are clear. The implications, not so much.

Cloud technology has presented some significant challenges lately. It has become increasingly clear that a few companies are now giving real thought to the legal and physical implications of the technology. This in itself should be an area more and more providers should be highlighting and for me, I believe location is one of these key considerations.

The Importance of Location

Location often gets overlooked but experts have long recognised server location as a critical success factor for businesses in relation to their IT strategy. Of course many factors are at play but it is widely accepted that businesses should not only be storing their files in a secure facility but also a secure location.

Imagine trying to run your business without everyday things such as emails, business files, invoices etc. Almost every business relies on this information and files each day and a loss of these can be extremely damaging for any organisation.

For starters, some regions are prone to natural events such as earthquakes or floods. Others are beset by political instability and unrest, such as the recent uprisings in the Middle East. The euro crisis has made many European countries – previously considered rock-solid – appear financially shaky.

Another worrying trend is growing interference by governments, especially non-democratic regimes. In light of these concerns, businesses are well-advised to investigate the setting of any potential provider’s facilities.

Which location is  Right for You?

Ideally, your business servers should be located in a region with low environmental risk. Businesses should also look for locations with good political stability, a balanced economy and an efficient legal system, with low rates of crime and corruption. And last but not least, a deep-seated respect for confidentiality.

As a result, it’s no surprise that Switzerland is becoming an increasingly popular destination for businesses to locate their servers.

Staying competitive

Not only do businesses need to keep their business data secure but they also need to maintain a competitive edge. This can often be difficult but many companies are using technology to achieve this.

The location of your business servers, for instance, can help you improve your efficiency rates  and if you are a transaction based business then the location of your servers can help to significantly improve processing times.

I believe these are some of the reasons why more and more companies should be reviewing the location of their business servers. Giving this some real thought might save you a lot of headaches in the future and give  your business some additional benefits.

As a provider the benefits are very clear to me but what do you think? Have you given the location of your business server much thought recently?

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8 Important Factors To Consider Before Choosing A Web Host

Choosing a good web hosting provider is the first and perhaps the most important decision one needs to make to build a successful online presence. With a plethora of web hosts put there, choosing the best one can be confusing task for the beginners. So here are 8 most important factors you need to keep in kind while choosing a web host to derive maximum benefits:

1) Pricing: Pricing is the first and one of the most important factors that you need to consider while  choosing a web host. Avoid going for cheap plans as they  have limited features and hence aren’t best suited for the long run.  That said, an expensive doesn’t guarantee value for money either.  Choose the one that offers you with the diversity of selection within affordable expenses.

2) Technical Support: When choosing a host for your company it is very important to consider thequality of technical support and customer services provided. Look at the services they offer. How is the support for these services offered- live chat, mails, phone calls, or ticket system. Is it available 24×7 or just specific times in a day? Do they’ve  toll free numbers? All these are important criteria that need to be paid due attention to.

3) Software: Software is yet another important factor. Always check if their software is compatible with yours or not. Do they support your web design software? Are they willing to provide you with the online storage space and bandwidth? Does the hosting provider support Email, POP3, SMTP, IMAP, Autoresponders, Email forwarders etc? This is very vital if you have a big website which is growing rapidly. It will not be wise to buy a plan that offers only limited space.

4) Data Transfer: Go with the company that offers you with the higher data transfer allowance. There are some companies that claim to offer an unlimited data allowance which is not entirely true. So be sure that you read the terms and the conditions of the companies carefully. For a small to medium sized business website, 5-10 gigabytes bandwidth is enough.

5) Reputation: The reputation of the company is important to consider while choosing a web host. Watch the online space, there are a lot of forums  where you can find active discussions and critique of most hosting companies. Are there too many negative feedbacks for the web host you’re considering to opt for? If yes, you can give it a skip.

6) Server Space: Again, like the server space and data allowance, there are companies that will offer you with loads of email accounts that you will hardly ever use. ‘Unlimited accounts’ is the only selling point of these companies.  If you have a large organization with  thousands of employees working under you, such offers might be beneficial for you. But if you’re an SMB, ten to fifteen email accounts should do the job.

7) Mailing Script: Regardless of the type of online business you have,  you will require installation of CGI script. Whether it is a contract through processor, management mailing script or any other fancy credit card script, your hosting account needs to have them installed to run properly. These  scripts make sure that the performance of the server is never affected.

8) Features: Features are something that can break or make your website. Always have a look at the different add-ons a company is offering. Do they offer an option of adding cart to the site, integration of social media, website builder tools, SSL certificate, mobile website builder etc?

Wrapping things up:
After taking into consideration all the factors listed above, take your time searching for a web host. It is a one time thing as transferring a site from one host to another is a very cumbersome process. You’ll be with the company you choose for at least a year, so make sure that you make a wise decision.

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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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