At Name.com, we believe that every website is worth securing with an SSL certificate—which is why we now offer them for free to anyone who hosts a website with us via our Encryption Everywhere program. But for certain website users, its worthwhile to add additional levels of security to your site via an upgraded SSL certificate.
Dispute between Google and Symantec leads to uncertainty over EV SSL certificates
The Google Chrome team recently announced a proposal to immediately stop recognizing Extended Validation status for all Symantec SSL certificates in the Chrome browser, and to eventually require revalidation and replacement for all Symantec-issued certificates.
In the near term, if Google moves forward with it its proposal, websites with Symantec EV SSL certificates will no longer display a green bar that indicates extended validation (in the Chrome browser). The long-term consequences aren’t as certain at this point.
3 extra ways to secure your Name.com account
Want some additional protection for your Name.com account? There are a few extra security features you can opt into to decrease the chances of your account getting accessed by an outside party.
A cautionary tale on why you need Whois Privacy
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer recently made headlines after his first tumultuous press conference. Just days later, Medium posted an article announcing that Spicer’s contact information was freely available to the public via Whois data.
Google change makes SSL certificates more important than ever
Google has introduced a new security measure in the Chrome browser that warns users on HTTP sites that the web page is not secure. As for now, the warning only appears on non-encrypted pages that collect login or payment information, but could eventually be expanded to issue warnings on all HTTP pages.
Free SSL certificates are now available at Name.com
How to spot a domain renewal scam
Sad as it is to say, there are a lot of scams out there that revolve around domain names. One of the most common domain scams is phony renewal notices, usually communicated via phone, snail mail, or email. So when we recently received a phony domain renewal email to our marketing account, we figured it was the perfect opportunity to show you how to spot a domain registration scam and avoid falling victim to it.
What’s the difference between HTTP and HTTPS?
You may have noticed during your various online escapades that the ever familiar HTTP in front of a domain name occasionally turns into the less familiar HTTPS. Depending on your browser, this may also be accompanied by a color change in the address bar to green, a lock symbol, or other signs that make the URL field look different from what you’re used to. What does it mean? Does it really make a difference?
A note on Name.com’s policies and how to spot phone scams
We’ve received reports that several of our customers have been contacted via phone by a scammer who claims to be part of the Name.com support team. This individual tells his or her target that their domain is about to expire and that they need to renew it by giving their credit card information to the person on the line.
This is a scammer, and you should not provide him or her with any information if you are contacted by them.
Prevent domain hijacking with these security tips
If you buy a domain name, it’s rightfully yours for as long as you continue to renew it. But in some unfortunate incidents, domain names are stolen by a hacker and either resold or used for nefarious purposes. Instances like these are called domain hijacking, and although they don’t happen often, they can be a serious headache deal with.
The best way to prevent domain hijacking from happening to you is to be proactive about your account’s security. By following these tips, you can do your part to keep your account—and your domains—safe.