Naming Your Business: Are Domain Name Extensions Important?
A domain name is the first perception of your company, your credibility and your brand in today’s online world. Cheap names usually mean cheaper brands. Whether this holds true in your business, customers will perceive your domain name accordingly.
Domains with a .com, .org or .net extension are commonly referred to as the best top-level domains (TLD) names on the web. They are overlooked in favor of cheaper or more available names and extensions. TLD names, commonly referred to as gTLD (generic top-level domain), are generally the better names to use, with .com, of course, being the most used, recognized and valuable.
We should not overlook ccTLDs (country code top-level domains), either, because these can also make sense for certain geo-based brands. If you’re unfamiliar with ccTLDs, they’re country-specific domain names like .io (British Indian Ocean Territory), .mx (Mexico), .eu (European Union) and .ca (Canada).
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VPN.com Warns Fox News About Major Website Security & HTTPS Risks
NEW YORK, LOS ANGELES and ATLANTA, Oct. 03, 2018 -- Michael Gargiulo, CEO of VPN.com, issued a warning to Fox News CEO, Suzanne Scott, regarding their website: http://www.foxnews.com. In 2018, it is unsafe and unacceptable for any website to offer unsecure HTTP access, especially those with influence. Moving to HTTPS protects the privacy and security of users, the organization’s IT infrastructure and combats fake or malicious content from penetrating a visitor’s session.
“I am a regular reader of Fox News and CNN. I prefer getting stories from both outlets and over the past six months I have watched CNN provide a secure news experience while Fox News failed to adopt this improvement for their readers. Without HTTPS on foxnews.com, it is very possible for hackers to maliciously manipulate a substantial amount of content a visitor interacts with, especially on public WiFi,” Gargiulo said.
This comes just two months after Google warned major content providers about the dangers of unsecured, non-SSL websites and to make the switch to HTTPS immediately. With the release Google Chrome 68, the browser now indicates whether a web page is secure or not in the top left corner of the session. Mozilla Corporation, parent of Firefox Browser, released a report in early 2017 outlining the dangers of HTTP connections, as well. Read original release.
10 Data Privacy Tips For Journalists And Reporters
In the United States, freedom of the press is protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution. However, this same freedom isn't always enjoyed or protected elsewhere. Reporters Without Borders found that just 47 of 180 countries offer a safe and open reporting environment to journalists. And what's more, even with its constitutional protections, the U.S. slipped two spots to No. 45 on the 2018 index.
Recently, I had the opportunity to chat with Craig Newmark, the founder of Craigslist, who donated over $20 million to the City University of New York Graduate School of Journalism (since renamed Craig Newmark Graduate School of Journalism at the City University of New York) in the name of a trustworthy press. After our conversation, I realized how much censorship, hostility, privacy laws and fake news all influence a safe reporting environment across the globe.
Understanding the measures you need to take to protect your privacy, security and data is critical in a world where one country’s legal protections and guarantees vary greatly from one region to the next. Based on my experience with matters related to a free, secure and open internet, here are some ways to protect yourself and your data when reporting on the topics that matter most, no matter where you are in the world. Read original Forbes article.
VPN And Antivirus: Comparing Cybersecurity's Largest Markets
“Our mobile phones have become the greatest spy on the planet,” Former McAfee CEO John McAfee once declared.
Mobile phones are the most exposed because users generally tap into the nearest open and free Wi-Fi (e.g., a hotspot at Starbucks, Denny’s, the Mall, etc.) so they don’t use up their allotted mobile data from carriers like AT&T or Verizon.
Mobile hotspots are at the top of the privacy, security and VPN debate because hackers widely use them to set up fake Wi-Fi, to deceive users and steal their data, passwords and identities -- all over a cup of coffee.
Whether it’s a fake mobile hotspot that users mistakenly access thinking it’s legitimate or a hacked mobile hotspot, the reality is that mobile devices are the most susceptible to intrusion. While antivirus can go as far as helping prevent malware, worms and trojans as well as adding a firewall to any device they run on, they’re only as effective as the user and they’re only proficient when fully updated. Read the original Forbes article.
Investors Gush Over Domains: VPN.com Publishes Four-Year Domain Name Story
ATLANTA and LAGUNA BEACH, Calif. and STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Aug. 22, 2018 -- VPN.com has just released more details about the VPN market and domain name market as a whole, with this exact-match domain article published in Forbes by Michael Gargiulo, CEO at VPN.com.
The piece expands on a larger series of articles that Gargiulo is working with Forbes on to explain how entrepreneurs and brands can benefit tremendously by using premium domain names in their business.
This latest Forbes publication outlines the four-year journey to acquire VPN.com and how Gargiulo valued the asset to his investors when working to acquire the No. 1 domain name in the VPN space and the 7th most expensive domain in 2017. In the article, a formula is outlined that assists domain name investors in valuing exact-match domain names, like VPN.com, which is now worth over $5 million. Read original release.
Exact Match Domains: How To Price These High-Value Assets
8/7/2018 - Exact match domain (EMD) names haven’t gone the way of the wind. Thousands of new extensions are being made available, but none will ever hold as much authority as the original dot-com extension.
LasVegas.com is one of the most expensive domain purchases in history. The domain name sold for a whopping $90 million in 2005, but would it have demanded such a price if it had been LasVegas.tv, LasVegas.net or some other non-dot-com extension?
The simple answer is: No.
Can you guess the buyer who paid $90 million? It was Vegas.com, and you will find both domains in the top of many Vegas-keyword-related search results today. Their strategy has paid off in tremendous ways.
In early 2017, we bought VPN.com for $976,730. I have been blessed to be a part of several multimillion-dollar domain transactions over the years. Putting massive domain deals together has taught me many things, much of which I want to share with you today. Read original article.
VPN.com Releases VPN Market Infographic for 2018
8/1/2018 - ATLANTA and SAN FRANCISCO - Finding your virtual private network in today’s world can be a tiresome search if you don’t have access to the right resources. The team at VPN.com led by CEO, Michael Gargiulo, is on a mission to help over 1 billion people find the right VPN for their needs and budget by 2025. Their mission continues this week with VPN.com releasing an official VPN Market Infographic for 2018.
“I’m excited to release this VPN infographic that shows the magnitude of the $40 billion VPN market,” Gargiulo says. “It includes 916 of the top consumer VPN providers and was part of a larger VPN research campaign that took more than a year to assemble.”
Modeled in the spirit after the famous marketing landscape infographic and HubSpot executive Scott Brinker, the VPN infographic combines a unique style that includes the logo of each VPN provider, organized by device and app store availability.
With the VPN market exploding, some estimate that the number of providers will continue expanding to as many as 4,000 or more in the years ahead. Even now, larger companies have begun buying up smaller service providers to grab valuable VPN market share. Read original article.
VPN.com Sets Record as 7th Largest Domain Purchase in the World
7/17/2018 - ATLANTA and CUPERTINO, Calif. and WASHINGTON - Domaining is still as popular today as it was during the dot-com boom. Ask Michael Gargiulo, founder and CEO of VPN.com, because he now owns the record for the 7th largest domain purchase in the world. Premium, three-letter dot-com domain names are rare and extremely expensive, which makes this no small feat.
“In 2011, your privacy and security were rarely spoken of. Now, privacy is sweeping through world headlines and cybersecurity is one of the fastest growing industries on the planet. We set out to help people protect their information but had no idea that we would set records and experience near-perfect market timing on the way.”
“I knew I wanted to purchase VPN.com in 2011. After a seven year pursuit, we finally acquired the name from an owner in Cupertino, California or the heartbeat of Silicon Valley, Apple and Steve Jobs,” Gargiulo explains. Read original article.
The Future of the VPN Market
7/10/2018 - The VPN market has grown exponentially over the past 10 years as consumers and businesses seek to protect their data and secure their privacy. In 2016, the entire VPN market (business, consumer, cloud, SSL) generated more than $15 billion in revenue.
Since then, many events have unfolded that will push this number even higher over the next decade. In this article, we'll look at where this growth is coming from and a few of the top reasons that are driving this surge in one of cybersecurity’s largest-growing sectors.
The future of virtual private networks, encryption and privacy has never been brighter. Here’s an overview of these trends and what’s to come. Read original article.
VPN.com Challenges Google Co-founders to $500,000 Hockey Game
7/3/2018 - ATLANTA and MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. - Michael Gargiulo, CEO at VPN.com is announcing a $500,000 roller hockey game against Google co-founders Sergey Brin, Larry Page and the best squad of six players Google has to offer. The game will take place at a time when privacy and data collection are sweeping across world headlines.
The Google co-founders have played roller hockey in the San Francisco Bay Area for decades. Many employees recall regular full contact games in the parking lot, where Google executives and some of their best employees would walk away “bruised and bloody” at Googleplex in Mountain View, California. Read original article.
VPN.com & NordVPN Release Ultimate Guide to FIFA World Cup 2018
6/20/2018 - ATLANTA and ZÜRICH, Switzerland and MOSCOW
VPN.com and NordVPN have joined forces to enhance the privacy and security of spectators who plan to attend or stream the 2018 FIFA World Cup. Their comprehensive guide can be accessed at: https://vpn.com/fifa
The Federation Internationale de Football Association World Cup is one of the most largest, most celebrated sports broadcasts in the modern era. The World Cup is expected to attract 3.5 billion viewers worldwide as 32 teams from a pool of 211 countries fight to become the 2018 FIFA World Champion. Read original article.
VPN.com & NordVPN Sponsor 74th Miss Georgia Pageant
6/12/2018 - COLUMBUS, Ga. and ATLANTA and ATLANTIC CITY, N.J., - VPN.com and NordVPN have teamed up to sponsor the 99 young women who will take the stage at the 2018 Miss America qualifier to raise awareness for women in STEM, cybersecurity and privacy. Find detailed Miss Georgia Pageant week information, WiFi access, and pictures of the VPN sponsorship at: https://vpn.com/MissGA
The 74th Annual Miss Georgia Pageant will commence at the River Center for Performing Arts in Columbus, Georgia from June 12th through the 16th. The newly crowned Miss Georgia and Miss Georgia’s Outstanding Teen will represent 10.4 million Georgia residents at the Miss America Pageant to be held in Atlantic City, New Jersey, on September 9th. Read original article.
Exact-Match Domain Names And Why Investors Value Them
5/29/2018 - In 1999, Warren Buffett, one of the world’s most respected investors, said: “The key to investing is not assessing how much an industry is going to affect society, or how much it will grow, but rather determining the competitive advantage of any given company and, above all, the durability of that advantage.”
Owning the best exact-match .com domain name in your industry creates a durable and competitive advantage that can never be stripped away from your brand. Couple this with the correct marketing strategy in an exploding space, and investment or acquisition offers will become a regular occurrence for your company. Read original article.
Four Ways To Protect Yourself And Your Devices On Public Wi-Fi
5/17/2018 - Starbucks has cemented an image of itself as America’s coffee shop. A national franchise, the company has over 13,000 locations nationwide. The coffee chain has made concerted efforts to accommodate its customers, including offering complimentary public Wi-Fi and plenty of 120-volt outlets at its stores to power mobile devices.
Whether you’re on a lunch break or just kicking back on a quiet Saturday afternoon, you’ll be able to enjoy a cup of fresh brewed coffee (not to mention dozens of other hot and iced beverage items offered on the menu) as you browse the Web on your connected device. Read original article.
VPN.com & Michael Gargiulo Accepted into Forbes Technology Council
4/25/2018 - Michael Gargiulo, founder of VPN.com—the worldwide leader in Virtual Private Network (VPN) research and statistics—has been accepted into the Forbes Technology Council. This invitation-only Forbes Council is for technology companies, thought leaders and executives who Forbes individually qualifies, invites and accepts. Read original article.
#OurPrivacyMatters - Facebook Protests
4/12/2018 - A protester holding up a photo of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg outside of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, April 10, 2018, ahead of Zuckerberg's appearance before a Senate Judiciary and Commerce Committees joint hearing. See original photo.
'Delete Facebook' message spotted in Buckhead
4/11/2018 - While Facebook finds itself in the middle of its worst privacy crisis in history, a "Delete Facebook" message on a truck was spotted in Buckhead. The truck was spotted near Lenox Mall on Wednesday.
VPN.com at Forefront of Historic #DeleteFacebook Protests
4/10/2018 - VPN.com launched Delete Facebook protests nationwide amid the ongoing privacy debate and Cambridge Analytica scandal. The unauthorized data-sharing debacle has surrounded Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, COO Sheryl Sandberg and all members of Facebook’s Officers and Board of Directors. Read original article.
Internet Privacy Group Organizes ‘Delete Facebook’ Protests
4/10/2018 - A group calling itself a “worldwide leader in Virtual Private Network research and statistics” organized protests on Capitol Hill, at Facebook’s headquarters in California, and at its campus in Austin, Texas, “to advocate for consumer privacy rights and online security.” Read original article.
VPN.com Takes On Protest For Cambridge Analytica Scandal
4/9/2018 - VPN.com is taking the fight for privacy and security directly to Facebook’s doorsteps and the U.S. Capitol. The company has organized protests in multiple major cities (Washington, D.C., San Francisco and Austin) to advocate for consumer privacy rights and online security. Read original article.
VPN.com Puts Netflix CEO Reed Hastings on Notice About Security Risks
VPN.com Grows to 188,000 Data Points, 913 Providers & Counting
2/21/2018 - VPN.com has just released its updated VPN provider comparison chart, which has now grown to encompass 188,000 data points covering over 900 different VPN providers. The chart offers a rich comparison—including statistics and reviews—on hundreds of VPN providers; it’s growing each week as the team updates it with new data. Read original article.
VPN.com Releases World’s Largest VPN Comparison Tool
2/8/2018 - Michael Gargiulo, Founder of VPN.com (https://www.vpn.com), has crafted a mission with a grand objective: Help 100 million people find the right Virtual Private Network (VPN) by 2022. He’s off to a running start with one of the largest domain name purchases in 2017—followed by the rollout of their much-anticipated VPN comparison chart; it provides rich statistics and reviews on hundreds of VPN providers. Read original article.
Equifax: 88% chance someone in your family had their identity stolen
9/9/2017 - Hackers hit the mega load. From May through July, 2017 they stole 143 million American's identities from Equifax. This breach will destroy credit profiles for millions as hackers now have full names, SSNs, birth dates, driver's license numbers, addresses for a little less than half the country. Read original article.