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More .BRANDS Prepare for Launch with Specification 13 Requests

The past months have seen a surge in brand applicants moving forward with their new gTLD applications, following ICANN’s approval of Specification 13 and publication of the associated application process. All brands that have received a Contracting Information Request are eligible to submit a Specification 13 request. Timely submission of Specification 13 requests, as well […]

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It’s Time for a Serious Talk: 3 Questions to Ask Your DNS Host about Lowering DDoS Risks

It’s no secret that DDoS attacks are worsening by the day. From the largest financial institutions to smaller Internet companies, everyone’s a target—including DNS providers like us. Neustar provides UltraDNS and recently dealt with an attack on our network that was massive by industry standards, impacting our customers and even our upstream providers. In the […]

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Mid-sized DDoS attacks have tripled. And they pack a punch.

To paraphrase, bad things come in mid-sized packages. At least in the DDoS world. DDoS attacks from 1-5 Gbps have tripled in the last year, according to the recently released 2014 Neustar Annual DDoS Attacks and Impact Report. The importance? Experts agree that a well-crafted attack of just 2 Gbps can take down many websites. While […]

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The Challenge of DNS Security

When the domain name system (DNS) was first designed, security was an afterthought.  Threats simply weren’t a consideration at a time when merely carrying out a function—routing Internet users to websites—was the core objective. As the weaknesses of the protocol became evident, engineers began to apply a patchwork of fixes.  After several decades, it is […]

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The History & Evolution of DNS – Starting from the Beginning

With so much going on in today’s digital world, it’s hard to know where to begin with DNS.  So, let’s take a step back and look at the history of DNS. First Generation DNS Here’s a little bit of history. The term “Domain Name System” refers to two things.  First, the term refers to the […]

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As Technology Evolves – Time and Expertise are a Constant Challenge

Every organization faces complex information technology (IT) challenges, including reduced budgets, lack of time and insufficient IT staff to meet critical deadlines. As a professional services engineer at Neustar, lack of time and expertise are the most common challenges that our clients raise when they seek our assistance. Often, it seems as if there are never […]

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One-stop Resources for DNS, Domain Tools and Diagnostics

Recently we launched three new UltraTools as free one-stop resources for DNS, domain tools and diagnostics. The tools are designed to help manage your day –to- day domain and DNS administration. They are: WHOIS+ DNS Monitoring UltraTools Mobile for Android Devices WHOIS+ goes beyond typical Whois tools. It provides a wealth of information about domains […]

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Transitioning from IPv4 to IPv6

Is IPv6 the New Y2K?

You may have heard buzz on the topic of transitioning from IPv4 to IPv6 technology. So far, there are jargon-filled pleas urging organizations to switch, but little clear-cut guidance on how to tackle that transition. Some wonder: Is it akin to the Y2K days, where organizations spent thousands of dollars and hours to prevent doom […]

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Two Generations of Telephone Numbers

In Part 2 of our series on the future of telephone numbers, Neustar’s Tom McGarry explains the history of phone numbering and how the Internet changed everything. Telephone Number 1.0 Telephone numbers were created early in the 20th century as a way for people with telephones to call other people with telephones without having to […]

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Free Today, Down Tomorrow: Are you prepared to be an SMB overnight sensation?

SMBs need to prepare for future success today. Many small businesses, particularly those powered by online marketing and increasingly dependent on e-commerce, know they might see spikes in online traffic anytime, but they may not ready for it. It’s important for them to get prepared, all while staying in a reasonable budget. That being said […]

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