EnCirca Welcomes New Customers From 1ISI Registrar

EnCirca welcomes new customers from the recently terminated 1ISI Registrar. 1ISI, also known as #1 Internet Services International, lost
its ICANN Accreditation status due to contractual compliance issues.

All of the domains previously registered with 1ISI have been transferred to EnCirca, where they are available for management, including: Renewals, Name Server updates and Whois updates.

The new customers should contact EnCirca support if they have not received a welcome email or have any questions or concerns about their domain names.

Get .ART now at EnCirca

.ART  General Availability starts today!

Get the world’s most creative address for only $15

What is the .ART domain about?

  • is an immediate signifier for arts and culture related content
  • allows user to be part of global community
  • offers opportunity to start new projects, launch special exhibitions, and create micro sites
  • reinforces brand identity in a rapidly growing online market

Find out more about our sunrise, landrush and general availability offerings on our new gTLD page.

.health Sunrise starts today at EnCirca

Register for Sunrise starting now until July 7 – $375.00
Eligibility for Sunrise is limited to companies that have registered their trademark with the Trademark Clearinghouse.
 
Why .HEALTH?
DotHealth is the new domain extension for brands, organizations, and people who provide high-quality health products, services, and information. In today’s digital health landscape, it can be difficult to find credible health information. .HEALTH is designed to eliminate confusion and uncertainty by providing an instantly recognizable address that makes it easier for users to find the reliable, relevant information they need for a healthier life.

Find out more about our sunrise, landrush and general availability offerings on our new gTLD page.

Preventing Data Breaches with EnCirca’s Multi-factor Authentication and SSL Certificates

 

  As security threats continue to evolve, EnCirca stays ahead of the game by providing our customers with enhanced security features. Our customers trust us to protect their privacy and sensitive data and we take that very seriously.

EnCirca Two-Factor Authentication Service

 

 What is two-factor authentication (2FA)?

 

2FA, sometimes known as Multi-factor authentication (MFA), requires an additional security step to conduct certain operations. At EnCirca, if your account is enabled for 2FA, it will impact the following operations for all domains in your account:

1. Updating your customer record
2. Changing a domain’s Name servers
3. Updating Whois contact data
4. Updating Name servers info

*.BANK and .INSURANCE customers are required to use 2FA 
 

How does it work?

   EnCirca uses a third-party software app called AUTHY to implement its 2FA service. This app may be downloaded and installed on nearly any mobile device, including: Android, Apple, Blackberry, OSX, Windows and Linux. 
 

EnCirca’s SSL

 

  Part of protecting your domain means purchasing and installing an SSL Certificate.

It is up to you to evaluate risk and put security measures in place to mitigate those risks.

  Thieves steal data if left unchecked. Business competitors infiltrate websites and alter files or disrupt services if left unprotected. More and more we are seeing Distributed Denial-of-Service (DDoS) and other cyber-attacks with the intention of crippling or destroying services.
  The foundation of trusted point-to-point communications are Secure Socket Link (SSL) certificates, an encryption technology installed on Web servers that permits transmission of sensitive data through an encrypted connection. Using a public-key infrastructure (PKI), SSL certificates authenticate the end-use website and the endpoint server, making it difficult for those sites to be imitated or forged. SSL certificates are purchased from companies known as certificate authorities (CAs).

  To get started, you need to decide what type of SSL Certificate is right for your business. 
 

Under the Safeguards Rule, financial institutions must protect the consumer information they collect.

 

  Many companies collect personal information from their customers, including names, addresses, and phone numbers; bank and credit card account numbers; income and credit histories; and Social Security numbers.
  The Gramm-Leach-Bliley (GLB) Act requires companies defined under the law as “financial institutions” to ensure the security and confidentiality of this type of information. As part of its implementation of the GLB Act, the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) issued the Safeguards Rule, which requires financial institutions under FTC jurisdiction to have measures in place to keep customer information secure. But safeguarding customer information isn’t just the law. It also makes good business sense. When you show customers you care about the security of their personal information, you increase their confidence in your company. The Rule is available at ftc.gov
  Selecting the right SSL Certificate depends on a variety of factors including security level, trust level, and visibility to the web visitor.
Encrypting every page and domain is recommended for a few reasons. One, your site visitors will know that their browsing activity is encrypted, (the customer will see that extra security in the form of a “green bar” that tells them the site is secure) and another is that encrypting every page now helps your pages rank better in Google’s search engine algorithm.
  EnCirca recommends Extended Validation Certificates. EV Certificates are superior because the EV certificate is the most stringent verification process in SSL certificate issuance. A customer visiting an EV-protected website can be assured that they are not visiting a phishing site.
To fully meet your needs, we offer the following different types of certificates:

Standard SSL Certificates – require the certificate issuer to independently verify the information concerning the applicant’s business.
Extended Validated (EV) Certificates – the applicant’s business credentials are validated more extensively to help ensure that the applicant isn’t a phisher, spoofer, or other type of online criminal.
Wildcard Certificates – protect multiple options of the same base domain (i.e. www.sample.bank and directory.sample.bank)
SAN Certificates – protect multiple, different domains (i.e. www.sample.bank and sample.com)
  Several steps are required to make SSL certificates functional. The website administrator needs to generate a Certificate Signing Request (CSR) for the server where the certificate will be installed. The domain needs to be validated, and finally, the certificate is then installed.
Please visit us at EnCirca’s SSL page for assistance in securing the appropriate SSL certificates for your business.
It is necessary to implement tighter security. EnCirca makes it easy.  

 Resources:

Symantec

Ftc.gov

Registration for .CREDITUNION starts today at EnCirca

 
Register for Sunrise starting now until June 3 – $300.00
Eligibility for Sunrise is limited to credit unions that have registered their trademark with the Trademark Clearinghouse.
 
Pre-Register for GA until June 2nd. GA starts June 6
$150.00 $111.00 first-year introductory pre-registration special!
Renewals at the regular price of $150.00
Open to all credit unions on a first-come, first-serve basis.
If your name is taken, we will refund your fee.
 

Why .CREDITUNION?
Dot CREDITUNION will be an excellent tool for credit unions to provide a trusted online market to promote their products and services while providing members with a greater level of security and confidence.

  • Whois Privacy is not permitted by the registry
  • Eligibility for .CREDITUNION is limited to bona fide Credit Unions with a primary office based in the United States.
  • The selection of a .CREDITUNION domain name must match or be derived from the Credit Union’s legal name or trademark.

 
Find out more about our sunrise, landrush and general availability offerings on our new gTLD page.

 

Daily Picks for .Pro Auction at SnapNames 5/1/17

Here are today’s top picks for .Pro auctions at SnapNames:

LENJERIE.PRO
CLOUDCONTRACT.PRO
ONLINECONTRACT.PRO
TROLLS.PRO

IGROK.PRO
EXCHANGER.PRO
PRAVDA.PRO

UBAY.PRO
ACTIVE.PRO
FIGHTS.PRO
BIGGIE.PRO
GRILL.PRO
SQUASH.PRO
MOTION.PRO
COURIER.PRO
BANKER.PRO
RACQUETBALL.PRO

 

To see all of the SnapNames auctions, visit: .Pro’s Auction page.

‘EnSight’

Security Alerts and Recommendations from

 

Mitigating Security Risks to Financial Institutions

Banks will need to make online security presence a high priority for 2017 in order to keep up with competitors and fight for business and investment. Customers and investors want assurance and confidence that they are dealing with a secure bank and will divert their funds accordingly. In addition, banks need to be able to continue normal business operations with fewer breakages and system failures. When banks take these market factors fully on board, they can better understand the true value of investing proper amounts of time and money into cybersecurity efforts. This will lead to overall enhanced profitability and stability for the individual bank as well as for the banking industry.
The crucial factor that senior banking executives need to take on board is understanding that these risks stem from a wide range of external sources. It is a common misconception for banking executives to believe there are a limited number of threat sources – which is leading to unidentified sources of risk.

Most commonly the attackers are seeking to acquire capital as well as confidential data and sensitive information. EnCirca offers several services to help you secure your domain and keep your data safe.

 

Compromised emails and websites pose a serious and preventable risk.

 

Why DMARC?

  Financial Institutions are among the most spoofed and phished brands. Imagine if you could give your customers the peace of mind that all email they receive from your domain is legitimate?

Utilizing EnCirca’s DMARC service will go a long way to protecting your institution to the fullest extent possible at this time. Achieving DMARC Alignment helps prevent these attacks.

 

What is DMARC?

  Domain-based Message Authentication, Reporting and Conformance (DMARC) is a requirement that involves the email addresses used by a customer to send out email. DMARC is a way to determine whether or not a given message is legitimately from the sender, and what to do if it isn’t. This makes it easier to identify spam and phishing messages, and keep them out of customers’ inboxes.

DMARC provides domain-owners with control, and the ability to block domain-based spoofing. Used correctly, DMARC also provides domain-owners with intelligence, by giving domain owners aggregate and forensic data on emails. However, DMARC implementation is complicated and has traditionally been too costly for most small businesses.

DMARC Migration Process

  By default, domain names have DMARC records set to “Reject”. This means the domain is not being used to send out email. Customers are free to keep this setting for as long as they wish to. When a customer decides they want to start using their domain name to send out email, the DMARC record is temporarily set to “None”. This allows a designated email address to review reports from various email service providers, such as Google, Yahoo, Comcast, Microsoft, etc. regarding emails that are claiming to be from the customer’s domain name. All authorized email senders are then inventoried and white-listed in a SPF record (A less-common approach using digital signatures is called DKIM). Once either of these records are correctly configured, the DMARC setting is switched back to “reject” so that the email service providers do not deliver unauthorized email. 
 

The DMARC Solution

  EnCirca’s partnership with Proofpoint, a founding member of DMARC, provides a one-stop shop for customers, helping them comply with the registry’s security requirements as quickly as possible. Our DMARC Monitoring Service is a cost-effective email authentication service appropriate for organizations to help make the promise of a secure site a reality. Our base package includes Email authentication for all of your existing website domains.

SecureDNS

  The runner up to phishing is a newer scam: pharming. Unlike phishing, which requires victims to voluntarily visit a criminal’s website, pharming simply redirects victims to fraudulent websites without assistance. This clandestine activity can go undetected for ages, allowing the attack to siphon huge chunks of sensitive information, including all Passwords and Usernames. Pharming subverts a basic service of the Internet known as the ‘Domain Name Service’ or ‘DNS.’ Each machine connected to the Internet knows the location of one or more DNS servers. This service translates a human-friendly URL name such as www.yourwebsitehere.com into an IP address, which is a unique number that has been assigned to each web server on the Internet.
At a high level, DNSsec (sec for security) is similar to HTTPS for websites to encrypt communication using cryptography keys behind the scenes. fTLD is requiring .Bank registrants to support DNSsec for hosted e-mail systems, content delivery networks, and security fraud systems by January 1, 2018. This is a security standard that allows the Domain owners to physically monitor traffic to their domain. The owners are able to register their Domains’ zones, enabling DNS resolvers to verify the authenticity of all DNS responses.

Successful exploitation could possibly allow a malicious attacker to create a denial of service disrupting websites and backup systems or potentially allow execution of arbitrary code with elevated privileges on a targeted system.

EnCirca’s new DNS service is ISO 27001-certified and provides the “Carrier-Grade” technical stability, performance and high-availability demanded by security-conscious organizations today. A highly redundant and scalable Anycast network helps fight against Distributed Denial of Service (DDOS) attacks. The service also includes enhanced security tools to help companies fight phishing and other email-related fraud. 
 

Our SecureDNS technology includes:

Anycast network

18 Global DNS sites covering every major continent

Simplified on-boarding

ISO27001

Numerous redundancy measures

Services delivered over IPV4 & IPV6

  Join us at EnSight next week as we go over how to prevent data breaches using multi-factor authentication and the appropriate SSL certificates.

Dangerous Trojan Steals Banking Credentials

‘EnSight’

Security Alerts and Recommendations from EnCirca

 

Today’s Quick-Read

Threat – Malware delivered via email

Target – Online banking credentials

Target Application – Microsoft Word

Best fix – Apply the patch from Microsoft


A new zero day flaw has been discovered in the wild that exploits unpatched Microsoft Word applications (even on a fully patched computer) and is being used to spread the Dridex banking Trojan. Dridex is currently one of the most dangerous banking Trojans on the Internet that exhibits the typical behavior of monitoring traffic to bank sites by infiltrating your computer and stealing your online banking credentials and financial data.

 

According to researchers, this attack is severe as it gives the attackers the power to bypass most exploit mitigations developed by Microsoft, and unlike past Microsoft Word exploits seen in the wild, it does not require you to have Macros enabled. This attack works on all Windows operating systems, even against Windows 10.

 

How it works

 

The attack utilizes OLE2link object(s) (Windows Object Linking and Embedding) that are attached to a simple email. Upon opening the email, the malicious code executes and makes a connection to a remote server controlled by the attacker, where it then downloads a malicious HTML application file (HTA) that’s disguised as a document created in Microsoft’s RTF (Rich Text Format). The HTA file then automatically executes giving the attacker full code execution capabilities on your machine, and downloading additional payloads from other well known malware families in order to take over your computer, then closing the compromised Word file. In the time it takes you to open and close the Word file, the malware has already been installed in the background on your system.

 

How to protect yourself

 

  • Do not open or download any suspicious Word files that arrive in an e-mail, even if you know the sender until you have installed the patch from Microsoft.

  • Since the attack does not work when a malicious document is viewed in Office Protected View feature, users are advised to enable this feature to view any Office documents.

  • Always keep your system and antivirus up-to-date.

  • Regularly backup your files in an external hard-drive.

  • Disabling Macros does not offer any protection, but yet users are advised to do so in an attempt to protect themselves against other attacks.

  • Always beware of phishing emails, spams, and clicking the malicious attachment.

  • Apply the patch from Microsoft that was released on 4/11/2017

 

Resources: Hacker News  DRIDEX – By Symantec

 

Ensight security alerts and recommendations is a free service of EnCirca, the most secure domain name Registrar. Comments or questions may be directed to Ensight@encirca.com