Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Netiquette IQ Blog Of 9/2/15 - ‘Shadiest’ New Internet Addresses

Do Not Enter: ‘Shadiest’ New Internet Addresses September 2, 2015
A new report warns that more than 95 percent of websites with new Internet addresses such as .zip, .kim or .party are suspicious.
Internet security firm Blue Coat says its research of the top 10 new top-level domains (TLDs), or “neighborhoods,” shows that most are associated with suspicious websites, with nearly 100 percent of the websites for .zip and .review considered “shady.”
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The safest of the new neighborhoods include .london, .tel and .church.
“Shady TLDs can provide fertile ground for malicious activity including spam, phishing, and distribution of potentially unwanted software,” says the report, which the company hopes is useful for Internet users, enterprise security and IT departments looking to avoid viruses and other malicious activity.
Source: Blue Coat
Blue Coat said it analyzed hundreds of millions of Web requests from more than 15,000 businesses and 75 million users to create “The Web’s Shadiest Neighborhoods” report.
The domain naming world is exploding.
For the early days of the Internet, there were only six common top level domains: com, .edu, .gov, .mil, .net and .org. There were also country codes including .fr (France), and .jp (Japan).
However in 2013, ICANN, the organization that manages Web addresses, began allowing new domains for interests willing to pay a fee.  By June 2015, there were more than 1,000 new TLDs, “many of which may be considered for web security purposes as neither safe nor friendly,” according to Blue Coat.
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