Tips for Prevention of Domain Hijacking

2007-12-25 1 comment

Domain Hijacking is defined by Wikipedia as "the process by which Internet domain names are stolen from the rightful registrant."  This sort of crime is not limited to large organizations.  An unfortunate example of domain hijacking is described by the victim himself, David Airey.  David describes the crime in detail on his post "WARNING: Google’s GMail security failure leaves my business sabotaged"

In David’s case (And I would assume most cases…), the domain was stolen by first hijacking the email address associated with the domain name registrar.  Once the email address is hijacked and the domain name transfered, the hijacker will use the domain name for their own purposes or attempt to extort money from the victim for return of the domain name.  If you read David Airey’s post, you may have noticed that the hijacker has posted requests for an extortion payment in the comments. 

Domain hijackers are the epitome of sleaze indeed…  

Better-Whois.com has a good list of tips for preventing domain name hijacking.  Below are a couple of the most important tips:

  • Use an email address that you own for domain name registration.  Don’t use GMail, Hotmail, Yahoo, etc.  These addresses are more easily compromised than an address that you own, and may expire without any notice.  When I refer to an email address you own, I’m referring to an address that you have purchased from your ISP or hosting provider.
  • Make sure that your contact information is up to date with domain name registrars, so that you are notified of any changes or upcoming expirations of your domains.
  • Consolidate your domain name registrations so that all of your domains are registered by the same registrar.  This makes it easier to manage your domains.  Most registrars will provide you with a management console for your domains, so that you can see their status easily.

The entire article can be read here –  Better-Whois.com – SPECIAL REPORT: How to protect your domain name from hijackers, porn pirates, and your registrar

David Airey :: Graphic and Logo Designer – I’ve provided a link to David’s new site to aid in rebuilding his lost links and search rankings.

 

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Aldous Huxley on Patriotism

2007-11-18 Leave a comment

Aldous Huxley is the author of the classic novel “Brave New World”, and was an absolutely brilliant thinker. Huxley’s insight into patriotism cannot be overstated in a world full of flag-waving, unquestioning, magnetic-ribbon patriots.

One of the great attractions of patriotism – it fulfills our worst wishes. In the person of our nation we are able, vicariously, to bully and cheat. Bully and cheat, what’s more, with a feeling that we are profoundly virtuous.

Aldous Huxley – Amazon.com
Aldous Huxley – Wikipedia

James Madison on Declaring War

2007-09-15 Leave a comment

“The executive has no right, in any case, to decide the question, whether there is or is not cause for declaring war.”  James Madison

James Madison was the 4th president of the United States.  He was one of the most influential Founding Fathers of the United States and is commonly referred to as the “Father of the Constitution“.

Constitition.org – Selected Quotes of James Madison

Via Reddit

Charming Video of a Cat with Cerebellar Hypoplasia

2007-08-01 Leave a comment
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KeePassX: Open URL Function in Ubuntu Linux

2007-06-09 2 comments

The “Open URL” function does not work with the default settings for KeePassX in Ubuntu Linux. To make it work, go to Extras/Settings/Other tab and change the “Browser command” to firefox %1

Now when you highlight an entry and press CTRL + U, it will open a new Firefox window or tab.

Via KeePassX forum post “Open URL in Firefox

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Huge Security Problem in AOL’s Login Mechanism

2007-05-13 Leave a comment

As if there weren’t enough reasons not to use AOL already. Now someone has figured out that AOL’s password system completely disregards any characters after the first 8. This makes it much easier to guess people’s passwords, which is an obvious security concern.

AOL’s Password Puzzler

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Automatic HTTP-to-HTTPS Redirect with Greasemonkey

2007-04-09 Leave a comment

Many websites have the option of using an SSL-encrypted version of their site. Google applications have this option, but HTTPS is not used by default. To use it you would normally have to manually correct the URL, which is very tedious.

To ensure that you are always using the HTTPS version of a site, install the Greasemonkey extension for Firefox and then install the HTTP-to-HTTPS redirector script. The script supports many common sites by default, and allows you to add sites if you like.

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