Posts Tagged ‘Domain name’


Year 2 costs (Renewals) Can Be Dramatically Higher Thank you Expect – From Godaddy and perhaps others

Being in and now out of the hosting and domain name business for a long time, I have met with much frustration trying to find low priced hosting, and domain name registration for hobbyist endeavors.  Hosting companies across the globe seem to be struggling to keep customers and I can see why.  A year ago, I started moving my domains to godaddy I was blown away by their service and knowledge, compared to some like crazydomains in Australia that had severe customer service problems reports against them to ICAN as well, but well priced.  Interestingly the domains from godaddy were also 10-15% less than the Australia market price so that was nice as well or so I thought. A year on and thus the catch, my hosting is well settled in forwarded how I like it etc.Now I discover that the pricing for the domain names I received was “a special price’ and advertised at 55-77% off retail, You guessed it making my renewal prices on all my domains now twice as much as the average market price here.  I never in a million years thought hosting companies would be as covert as this NEVER NEVER seeming to offer new products at what they call regular price,  on domains only average in reality but GREATLY reduced, per them, only to figure most customers will not pay attention to the 200% increase at their renewal time.  I will query this to many about the fairness of this, but am disappointed I was taken in this way.

Bottom line query upfront and especially renewal costs when buying hosting and domain registration, even so called know-it-alls can miss the obvious sometimes.

The good news is there are companies like onlydomains.com that seem to ignore the BS and offer good consistent products, prices and services and services .

 

 

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Loren Wiener aka mrinternet
Melbourne Australia
10 August 2012 (tomorrow for many of you)

Convenience  vs.  Security You Do not Have to Choose 

We are all grateful for Mat Honan from Wired full story here raising to our attention the ease that we sometimes offer hackers. I was in charge of Business Internet Products and Security in a previous life for a large Telco and I wasn’t even aware of how easy some of this was, for the hacker.  The daisy chain effect where accounts are linked etc. was part of the issue, and not a relatively new event (5 years or less old) the not so tight processes at Amazon and Apple (now changed thanks to Mat ) was another part also not new. But the part where it pretty much all started is the part many take for granted, and the oldest issue, that many is that of the domain name. Mad had linked (daisy chained) various accounts) in the process of identification a home address was needed, and this was freely offered by looking up Mat Honan’s address from his domain name. Public addresses, for all domain is public by default as technical, billing, and domain owner name is required. There are options for all domain names to hide this information, and you can usually just not put in address in this. If we learn nothing else here (besides doing back-ups) is hide, use a PO box, or do not offer your address on your public domain name info.

Note: I hope Mat gets back his data, and I for one would contribute to any costs in helping him do that. We need more Mats’