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Squatting Domain Names: Is It Profitable?

Squatting Domain Names: Is It Profitable?

In the early days of the Internet, many businesses were slow to see the commercial potential of this new platform. Many businesspeople viewed the nascent web as the plaything of geeks and computer programmers, so they failed to grasp how this interconnected network of servers could apply to them.

As a result, many of the most coveted domain names went unclaimed for a surprisingly long period of time. There were, however, a few enterprising individuals and business owners who did see the potential. Just like the squatters that populated the Old West and helped it grow, those early Internet entrepreneurs scooped up the best domain names, later reselling them for a handsome profit.

In many ways, the virtual world is just like its brick-and-mortar counterpart, with real estate claims and good and bad neighborhoods. If you are the owner of a financial advice company, wouldn’t it have been great to lock down money.com when it was still available? If you want to become the Internet’s best news source, news.com would have been a great buy.

Unfortunately, those high-value domain names are no longer for sale, and if they were, the prices would be out of reach for all but the wealthiest corporations. Now, however, there is a new Internet in town, complete with a brand new domain registrar that could give business owners and entrepreneurs another shot at the best domain names.

The rules are a bit different for this new kind of Internet. While the current Internet is the Wild West–with all the good and bad things that entails–this new style of online interconnection seeks to create a safe community where users know one another, and where the information they find can be trusted. No more fake news, no more hiding behind phony profiles, no more hijacking social media profiles and no more wondering if the person on the other end of the Internet connection is really who they say they are.

If you want to stake your claim in this brave new world, you first need to know the rules. If you are the current owner of the domain you seek, and that domain is in active use on the old Internet, you will need to verify that ownership before you can purchase the same domain on the new Internet. If the domain you want is not being used on the old Internet, you can buy it on the new Internet.

 

If the domain you have your eye on has been purchased on the old Internet but is not in use, or is in a parked state, you can apply to buy it on the new Internet. You will not have to pay the $50,000 fee, and you can get the domain you have always wanted, all thanks to the new Internet.

Even after all these years, the Internet remains a valuable form of real estate. Some online properties have gone up over time, others have declined in value, and others have remained largely the same. A brand new land grab is underway, and you do not want to miss your chance to get in on the ground floor of a whole new Internet.

 

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The Emerging Problem of Facebook Cloning

The Emerging Problem of Facebook Cloning 

How Users Can Protect Themselves from This Dangerous Scam

If you have not yet heard about Facebook cloning, chances are you will be learning about it soon. You can only hope that the lesson about Facebook cloning will come in the form of a news story instead of a costly personal experience!

USA Today recently ran an expose on the emerging threat of Facebook cloning, including what users should watch out for and why they need to use caution even when talking to their Facebook friends.

The concept behind Facebook cloning is as simple as it is evil. In a typical Facebook cloning scenario, a criminal steals a legitimate Facebook name, adds the victim’s friends to the fake profile, hijacks their personal photos and creates a whole new online identity.

The creation of the cloned Facebook account is only the first step: the real goal is to steal from the friends and family members of the victim. In some cases, the owner of the cloned Facebook profile may pretend to be in trouble–a new twist on the popular travel scam. The Facebook cloner may claim to be trapped in a foreign country, with no money or means of getting home. The idea, of course, is that their well-meaning Facebook friends will pony up the money and help them in their time of need. At the end of the day, those generous friends are out a lot of money, and the Facebook criminal skips happily away.

Other perpetrators of Facebook clone sites seek to steal passwords, personal data and identities, taking the scam a troubling step farther. Since the victims of the Facebook scam think they are talking to friends, they may not be as cautious, and they may give up significant amounts of personal data. If you use Facebook, you need to be aware of this new scam and get ready to fight back.

There are ways to fight back against the growing scourge of Facebook cloning in particular, and against online scams in general. Until now, many people assumed that Facebook was a safe place to connect with old friends and make new ones, and that all Facebook users were properly authenticated before being given entry.

The emergence of Facebook cloning has proven definitively that this is not the case. While the popular social network does have some safeguards in place, it is all too easy for the bad guys to make it through, creating fake profiles, extorting money from trusting individuals, stealing identities and wreaking all kinds of havoc.

Luckily for Facebook users, there is a better way to surf the web. A new type of Internet is emerging, and it promises to nip growing online dangers like Facebook cloning in the bud. By requiring that all new users authenticate themselves and verify their identity, this new internet browser promises a safer online experience, protecting users and keeping them safe from the scams and fake profiles that have proliferated in recent years.

Since everyone who signs on to use “The New Internet” must identify themselves and verify their identities, the other users automatically know who they are talking to. Just as importantly, those other users know that the person on the other side of the screen is really who they say they are. No more Russian hackers posing as innocent grandchildren, and no more innocent grandmas giving up their life savings to the bad guys.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1 usatoday.com/story/tech/nation-now/2017/02/02/beware-facebook-cloning-scam/97424966/

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The Problem of Online Anonymity

The Problem of Online Anonymity

Why the Internet as We Know it Needs to be Fixed

The Internet is great for creating communities, from social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to virtual reality worlds like Second Life to multiplayer video games like Minecraft and World of Warcraft. Those new worlds give participants the opportunity to talk about current events, reconnect with old flames and even pretend to be someone else.

What the Internet has not been so good at is sorting out the real from the fake. In some circumstances, like the world of Second Life or the gaming universe of World of Warcraft, determining identity is not at all critical. It really does not matter of the wizard you are fighting is a twelve-year-old girl or a fifty-year-old man. The game play is largely the same.

In other circumstances, the identity of the person on the other side of the screen matters a great deal. If you are talking to someone you want to connect with in the real world, you want to know who they are, and that they are who they say they are. Identity might not matter much for game play, but it matters a great deal for dating and other real-world interactions.

Up until now, the Internet has been pretty bad at confirming identities and giving users confidence that the person on the other side of the screen is really who they say they are. Social media is filled with fake profiles, and users have to take it on faith that the person they are talking to is really the person they claim to be.

Put another way, the anonymity of the Internet has been a double-edged sword, offering a few benefits but even more drawbacks. Some people appreciate the ability to comment anonymously or review goods and services without revealing their identities and inviting blowback from angry merchants. At the same time, the anonymity of those reviews can be, and often is, abused. Many innocent merchants have fallen victim to this problem, with competitors and disgruntled employees posting nasty comments that are almost impossible to refute.

The damaging effects of anonymity is even more apparent on Internet message boards. The ability to hide behind the screen name seems to bring out the worst in people, and these anonymous message boards often degenerate into name calling and incivility. The problem has gotten so bad that many publishers and news organizations have had to shut down their message boards to protect their customers and safeguard their brand images like Amazon owns http://IMDB.com and shutdown comments.

It is clear that the Internet needs to be fixed, but until now there has been no solution in sight. A few prominent companies, including Facebook and Google, have taken steps to combat fake news and eliminate inauthentic profiles, but those moves are only a drop in the bucket. The Internet needs a permanent solution to the problems of fake profiles, fake news, incivility and other problems, and now it has one.

The New Internet seeks to remake the online world, connecting users who know one another and creating a safe community where individuals can discuss current events, talk about products they like and conduct their online business in a safer and more welcoming environment.

At the heart of The New Internet is a brand new browser, one that requires users to prove their identity. No more hiding behind fake screen names, no more spreading false news with repercussions and no more uncivil discourse without consequences. By creating a secure community where users know and respect one another, The New Internet aims to give users all the great things inherent in the online world without the bad side we have seen so much in recent years.

 

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Fake News is Just the Beginning – Why the Internet Needs a Fix

Fake News is Just the Beginning – Why the Internet Needs a Fix

When the Internet first emerged, it was mainly a tool for scientists, researchers and government officials to connect with one another and share information. Back then, online users tended to know one another, and they were able to connect screen names with real-world identities.

The Internet did not stay that way for very long. In just a few years, what started as a secure way for government officials, security experts and research scientists to communicate was opened up to the wider world. Once the commercial potential of the Internet was fully realized, there was no putting the genie back in the bottle. For better or worse, the Internet had outgrown its original purpose, and now ordinary users are logging on, gathering information, sharing stories, selling products and having fun.

Almost from the beginning, the anonymity of the Internet seemed to bring out the worst in some people. Anyone who remembers the chat rooms and IRC boards have some not so fond memories of online trolls and other ill-behaved individuals. That trolling has not gone away. In fact, it has changed and matured along with the Internet, and today any foray into a news site message board or discussion group can be a pretty intimidating experience.

These days much of the talk is of fake news, but unreliable information is only the tip of the Internet iceberg. The spreading of false stories and incorrect information may well have influenced the most recent presidential election, but its implications go far beyond politics. There is plenty of fake news out there, and plenty of reasons to fear the anonymity of the Internet.

Besides the fake news, there are tens of thousands of fake profiles and false identities on the Internet. From people hiding behind the security of a false identity to spread unfounded rumors to bots creating fake social media profiles to increase the perceived value of a brand or company, these online falsehoods are everywhere you turn.

It is clear the Internet needs a fix, and that fix may finally be here. Authenticated Reality has launched The New Internet this year and promises to create a safe and secure community where the users all know one another. To access The New Internet, download the browser or app for mobile. The New Internet will create a more civil online society and stop the scourge of fake news and the sharing of false information.

By requiring users to verify their identity, The New Internet browser promises users a better, safer and more productive online environment. This authentication of identity is the natural fix for an Internet that is clearly out of control, with abuses of anonymity, the spreading of false information and the creation of fake news stories.

Instead of hiding behind a screen name and taking on an online persona, the users of this new service will be identifiable, and accountable. If they choose to spread a fake news story or act in an uncivil manner, the other members of their secure Internet community will be able to call them out by name. No more creating online falsehoods, no more hiding behind a fake profile and no more pretending that there are no real-world consequences to bad online behavior.

It is clear that the Internet needs a fix, and now that fix is finally here. Anonymity has its place, but the use of fake profiles has been detrimental for the Internet and society as a whole. With this new solution, The New Internet browser seeks to fix the Internet and create a better, and more civil, more authentic and better online world.