T-Minus 15 Hours to Domain Roundtable

I landed in San Francisco today in preparation for the Domain Roundtable. Name.com will have a booth this year so if you’re attending the show stop by and say hello.

Name.com’s CEO and Founder, Bill Mushkin will be participating in the CEO Roundtable to kick off the conference on Saturday at 9am:

Back by popular demand, the CEO Roundtable, featuring the heads of domaining’s most successful companies, will discuss the current economic conditions of, and predictions for, the our industry based on the recent effects instigated by the U.S. economy. Our CEOs ask and answer: What are these effects? Is this the time to be investing in other ccTLD’s? How will the international market space fare as a result? What is the best method to ensure the value of your property and portfolio in any market condition – good or bad? What does the future hold? Join our CEO panel to find out.

Michelle Miller will teach us all a thing or two about Marketing and Advertising on Sunday morning at 10am:

Proper marketing, advertising and promoting can exponentially build your portfolio’s value. Get tips on methods of how this is best accomplished with online and offline resources. With the right techniques, you can create value in almost any property.

We’ve got some pretty sweet schwag too. See ya there.

Password Security Gets Another Helper in PasswordBird

Do you worry about someone busting into your domain accounts? You should. As domain asset values continue to rise the threat to their security rises as well.
If you’re like most people you use the same password for lots of websites and services. Further, the password you use ise probably based on a special number or name in your life. Your anniversary, your dog’s name, your address, etc. All of these things are standard fare for someone trying to get into the very sensitive data you’re trying to protect. The problem with ultra secure passwords is that they are difficult to remember. PasswordBird aims to help make life easier by blending some of the important information in your life into a memorable password.

Provide PasswordBird the following data:

  • A special name
  • A special word
  • A special date

And PasswordBird provides you with an eight character password. Now those passwords aren’t ultra secure, but they sure beat using any dictionary word or short phrase which is what many people do. If you don’t like the password that was generated you can generate another based on the same information you provided or you start from scratch with a new search.

To improve the security of the PasswordBird passwords you can swap one of the letters for an uppercase and add a special character. You can test the security of these and other passwords you may want to use at PasswordMeter.

Shoppers.com: UDRP Decision That Makes Sense

UDRP threats can wreak havoc on aftermarket buyers sleep patterns. When it comes to high priced generic auctions and sales it’s commonly thought that there’s no way anyong would drop a UDRP. But it happens. It happened to Xedoc Holdings after they layed out $166k for Shoppers.com in a Pool auction.

In what I hope becomes a common determining factor, the panel determined that the wide ranging generic nature of the domain name offsets the TM held by SuperValu Inc.:

Involved here is a common, descriptive word. It is not, in fact, associated by most people in the English-speaking world with the trademark of a regional US grocery chain. This domain name is worth $166,000 at auction precisely because it is a popular generic term with commercial connotations.

Will that discussion point mean that we might see higher bids on some names that investors might have shied away from previously? Time will tell.