VERISIGN DOMAIN REGISTRATION SCAM

I got a piece of junk mail that was more slippery than most. Keep an eye out for it. In a plain white envelope was a plain white piece of paper that was formatted to resemble an invoice, titled “Domain Name Expiration Notice.” It was from Verisign, and it...

INTERNET PRIVACY AND APATHY

In March Yahoo changed its marketing policy. With no warning, it suddenly granted itself the right to send advertising spam, postal mail, and telemarketing phone calls to tens of millions of its users who had previously opted out. There was a huge outcry by privacy...

WEB SITE HIJACKING

If you own a domain name, make sure its registration doesn’t expire accidentally! The number of domain names being allowed to expire–intentionally or accidentally–is at an all-time high. Shady companies called “traffic aggregators” have...

TRAVEL WEB SITE SHENANIGANS

I had to chuckle (to avoid crying) reading this article about the squabbles between Orbitz, Travelocity and Expedia. At first, you’ll be sympathetic to the claims that Orbitz is competing unfairly by obtaining lower prices from its airline owners than are...

POP-UP DOWNLOADS

You’re familiar with pop-up ads – the windows that appear spontaneously when you visit many web sites. Are you ready for pop-up downloads? Watch for a box to appear asking you to confirm a download, when you don’t recall asking to download anything....

U.S. GOVERNMENT WEB SITE

The U.S. government has reworked www.firstgov.gov. It’s meant to be the entry point for all web resources related to the federal government, as well as providing links to state governments and agencies. The government has spent gazillions of dollars organizing...