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I know that most web hosting companies nowadays offer discount and discount, or coupon and coupon for subscribing their web hosting packages. That is a good idea to help clients to get what they need at an even more affordable price.

However, sometimes I am sure you all must question, “Why is it always like that? Is there no other idea for promo to offer to me?”. And to answer your confusion, here I am to inform you that we have a new offer excluding the discount coupons, special for our glorious 4th of July.

Four Different Coupons

Different than before when we just gave you one coupon to use in our hosting plans, we now offer you four different coupons! Yes, four, just as you read. Four coupons with various of discounts up to 40%.

The first of many is our all brand new Premium Hosting; supported with the all new Blade server, latest technological standards for both UNIX and Windows, plus quick fix customer support that you can get now with 40% lifetime discount off the total price with our coupon “FREEDOM09”

Not only Premium Hosting, we also offer coupons for No Limit plans with various discounts – 10% off for No Limit Website with coupon “ID4”, 25% off for No Limit Developer plans with “UNCLESAM09”, and 30% off for No Limit E-Commerce with “EAGLE09”

Is It just All That?

Well, if it is only that, then what is our difference with others? YOU get more from us. When you subscribe any of our shared hosting plans with one year or more than a year subscribtion, you’ll get 10% cashback for the domain registration fee you purchase.

When you buy our hosting plans for at least a year, you’ll get a free domain of your own. After a free domain you get, you can earn hassle free 10% cashback from the 2nd to 5th domain you register with us, directly transferred to your Credit Card or PayPal account.

Even better, it includes six most wanted domain TLDs such as .com, org, us, info, biz, and net. After you have signed up for a hosting account and purchase a domain, just send an e-mail request to product@hostdepartment.com within the first 2 weeks of your hosting sign up date and we’ll cashback 10% from your domain registration fee.

Still think we are the same like others? It is now time for you to prove we are not.

~Gabrielle~

Previously, I talked about possible federal crime that might happen in online world, especially when you do not really pay attention to TOS you agree during registering an account in a website. Today, I’d like to discuss about another crime that also grows in online world, Cybersquatting – involving trademark infringement/violation.

Cybersquatting is actually also recognized as domain squatting, which is the act of registering or using a domain name owned by another party (person or organization) with bad intention to profit from the already well-known trademark. The cybersquatter usually tries to sell the domain to the person or company who owns the trademark at an inflated price (the prices are a lot higher).

What Are The Cybersquatters’ Strategies?
The first tactic is known as typosquatting – registering various domain names under popular trademarked names. Or, if the domain names have been registered, cybersquatters will wait until the domains have expired and if the owner doesn’t directly register yet, they will register the domain names so that the domain names become theirs.

Besides, cybersquatters also have another techniques called name-jacking – purchasing any famous individual’s name as second level domain names. And then, they will set up a website that allows them to capitalize on any searches done for that name. That means everytime internet browsers search for that name, they will find the cybersquatters’ website.

Usually this can happen to well-known people such as famous doctors, lawyers, financial professionals, actors, actresses, singers, or even real estate agents; whose jobs usually require interaction with the public in general. Why? It is because their potential clients will do some research on the internet about them before trying to contact them to do some business or jobs.

So, if the famous names have been name-jacked, when cybersquatters purchase a domain like for example famouspeoplename.com, the website will appear at the top lists of any searches for those famous people. This is clearly smart but cunning strategy because name-jacking is a very low cost traffic strategy and it will reduce the traffic to the name owner ‘s real website too.

How to Deal with These Cybersquatters?
Cybersquatting has been a common phenomenon in the internet. However, there have been some laws to take care of these cybersquatting issues. One of those is Anticybersquatting Consumer Protection Act (ACPA), which was legalized in November 1999. This ACPA inlcudes a policy in which cybersquatters must pay fine up to $100,000 for each domain name to be found under violation.

Besides, there is also Uniform Domain Name Resolution Policy (UDRP) process that was developed by the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN). With this policy, cybersquatters are assigned charge up to $2,000 to $3,000 in costs and fees around $10,000 or more. Usually, they will choose this one cause it sounds quicker and cheaper.

Not only that, there is also the international United Nations copyright agency called WIPO (World Intellectual Property Organization) that has been founded since 1999 – providing an arbitration system that allows the trademark holders to attempt to claim a squatted site.

With these policies, they will help us to fight with these cybersquatters for violating our trademarks and copyrights. So, let’s protect what we own with the best effort from now on as these cases keep growing in number and will keep doing so if we do not do something about them.

~Gabrielle~

Spammers have increased greater and greater in number. They always know how to do their “job” well and their strategy keeps improving. As a proof for their improvement, most spammers nowadays abuse free hosting and blogging sites for their spamming activities.

Why Would They Choose the Free Ones and Blogging Sites?

The first and the most important thing is simply because they are free of charge. No money needed to invest as you don’t have to pay for anything. You just need to register and verify your account to start creating your own web pages or emails.

With free hosting or blogging sites, you are also required no domain names to register as they offer you free subdomains to use. Take as an example, wordpress.com, which allows you to have free blogging sites with your very own choice subdomain for your blog like yourblog.wordpress.com. Also have a look at freewebs.com at which you can host free subdomains like yoursubdomain.webs.com. You can always begin to develop websites with subdomains.

And for spammers, this will be a great advantage for them as they can avoid being blacklisted or flagged when they use the subdomains only. How come? It is because most free host’s website addresses have legitimate website address that will impossibly be blacklisted and flagged. This will surely make the spammers’ activities run more smoothly.

How Will They Exactly Do It?

To be careful, spammers usually choose free hosts that already have big names such as Yahoo geocities, googlepages, blogspot, etc, which domain names will never be blocked. What they need to do is just registering their accounts and verify the codes or emails to start their website creation.

And as it is very simple to do, the link providers create and maintain as many as free hosting accounts they can have under the spammers’ ownership and the spammers will then use them to redirect to spam websites. No more necessary complicated steps!

And even when the ISPs or hosts or domain resellers themselves take down the spam web pages, the spammers and link providers can update the redirects to another live spam websites. They surely have known how to continue it well. You can never predict when they will stop.

So What Can We Do about That?

Now that we understand how simple and easy it is for spammers to do their job, we must beware of anything that requests for financial data or private information such as your bank, school, investment firm, or whatever that may be benefited by spammers. Just trust me that you dont want to be one of the spammers’ victims.

~Gabrielle~

Basically nowadays, since http 1.1, one IP address can host many domain names. For examples: abc.com, def.com, ghi.com, etc are shared in one IP address like 77.898.232.10. This has been common and transparent to most users.

To know how many domains are hosted in one IP, you can reverse your IP address and use domain check. Reversing IP is the easiest way to find all the .com, .net, .org, .biz, .us, and .info domains hosted on one IP address. Enter an IP address and you will get the list of domains hosted on the same IP.

What is actually the purpose of it? It is definitely because shared IP, used for many domains, affects  your site from the purpose of SEO and website filtering issue. How is it so?

From SEO Purpose

One method done by popular search engines like google, yahoo, msn, etc of detecting a website is based on its IP address. Usually, if websites are in the same IP address, search engines will consider that it is most likely they are operated by the same individual.

So unfortunately, search engines will devalue links from web sites pointing to other web sites hosted on the same IP address. On the contrary, search engines will highly value links from web sites hosted on different IP addresses as they consider the domains are operated by different individuals.

However, an outstanding Search Engine Optimizer will be able to ensure that all of their domains are registered under different registrars with different registrants. They do not use the same template on more than one web site and erase all traces showing that their sites are operated by the same individual.

But anyway, it will be better to prepare for precautions right?!

And from Website Filtering Issue,

Usually, many domain names that are hosted within the same IP address (shared IP) will  also gain problems when there is website filtering based on IP address. Why? It is because when a website is blocked based on its IP address, it will result on overblocking of the other websites hosted under the same IP too. Shared IP host many domain names. That means if one website is blocked based on its IP, the others will get blocked too as they share the same IP.

Take as an example when abc.com contains adult contents in the websites. And when there’s website filtering to block adult sites based on IP address, the other websites in the same IP will also be blocked. No matter they have no pornography at all, they will also get the effect from overblocking as they share the same IP. I am sure you have no willing of this happening to your website.

So What?

Well, if you think your site is unimportant, then no need to consider about it. However, if your website is very critical and all your life is in it, I suggest that reversing IP is very necessary to be done to find out what other domains are hosted under that same IP, IF your site is hosted within a shared IP address.

~Gabrielle Capstick~