Norid https://www.norid.no Runs the registry for Norwegian domain names Tue, 30 Jun 2020 12:25:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.4.2 Internet forum 17 November: The agenda is taking shape https://www.norid.no/en/aktuelt/internettforum-17-november-programmet-tar-form/ Tue, 30 Jun 2020 11:19:51 +0000 https://www.norid.no/?p=15689 This year’s Internet forum is taking place on Tuesday 17 November, and the title is Crisis opens new opportunities. The conference will be a virtual event this year. However, we aim to gather as many of the speakers as possible at Thon Hotel Vika Atrium in Oslo and stream the presentations from there.
Illustratio of two people looking into a crystall ball, where they see the letters "www". Around them are illustrations of envelopes, the earth, clouds, satelites and people hard at work, symbolising the internet in its vastness and activity.

We have already booked several very exciting speakers.

Maria Strømme from Svolvær is a physicist and professor in nano technology at Uppsala University. She has an extensive background as a scientist and developer, and is behind several inventions and patents.

Jørgen Tharaldsen is an experienced game entrepreneur and is now running the company Megapop. He thinks it is time to redefine the term gamification and see the endless opportunities that it carries.

Silvija Seres is a mathematician and a technology investor with a PhD from Oxford University. Her background is from technology- and business development. She has recently made an interesting podcast with Jørgen Tharaldsen, https://lorn.tech/lorn-pod/130-en-ny-definisjon-av-gamification/.

Ingrid Melve is an executive manager in Unit and have led national and international innovation projects within digitalization of higher education and new education platforms for many years.

Writer and philosopher Joakim Hammerlin from Nansenskolen makes a reappearance on the agenda. He asks the fundamental questions and he does it without any digital aids.

Magnus Ødegaard, lawyer and partner in Bing Hodneland, will lead us through the day.

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Domain scammers are at it again https://www.norid.no/en/aktuelt/domenesvindlere-prover-seg-igjen/ Mon, 08 Jun 2020 13:13:11 +0000 https://www.norid.no/?p=15656 The method is the same as before: They offer domain names that look relevant for the company, and say that these names are in great demand so you must hurry up or risk trouble. Our advice: Check who is contacting you, carefully consider your real needs for domain names, then contact your registrar.

This method is well known both in Norway and abroad. The domain name holder is contacted by a seller who offers the company’s domain name under other top-level domains than the Norwegian one. Say you have the domain name mycompanyname.no, then you are offered mycompanyname.com or mycompanyname.shop. The seller claims that he has other customers on hand who are interested in these particular domain names, and then warns about potential trouble if you don’t secure these domain names for your own company immediately. The result is a huge bill for services that you do not need.

Cartoon illustration of a criminal celebrating as money pour out of his laptop screen.

We see this type of scamming irregularly, and it is no surprise that this happens just now when Norway as well as the rest of the world are still dealing with the COVID-19 crisis. In a situation like this many of us show less caution, and scammers know how to exploit such vulnerability.

Could it be a good idea to buy domain names under several top-level domains in any case, though? Today there are some 1,500 different top-level domains worldwide, either country codes, such as .no or .se, traditional generic top-level domains, such as .com or .net, or the new generic type, such as .shop or .gay. The vast majority of Norwegian companies chose the Norwegian country code for their primary domain name. Depending on which market the company is operating within, it may be relevant to register the company name and trademarks under one or more top-level domains other than the Norwegian one. However, this is an issue for careful consideration and decision and should not be influenced by a random, pushy seller. We recommend that you discuss the matter with your domain name provider.

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Operations and load remain regular https://www.norid.no/en/aktuelt/normal-drift-og-normal-belastning/ Wed, 03 Jun 2020 12:49:56 +0000 https://www.norid.no/?p=15638 Business as usual is not normally considered to be newsworthy. However, considering the situation in Norway and the rest of the world has dealt with over the last few months, a report on normal operations is both important and good news.

Norway has been in the forefront on digital services for quite a long time. However, when major parts of society were forced to work from home, services and infrastructure were tested as never before.

Norid operates the domain name services (DNS) for the Norwegian top-level domain, which is part of the basic Internet infrastructure. The service is absolutely necessary for Norwegian domain names to work technically. It is well known that scammers know how to exploit a crisis situation, and we have therefore carefully monitored our services over the last months. Luckily we have not registered any type of irregular load. The number of DNS look-ups of Norwegian domain names is normally around 700 millions per day, and this level has remained stable these last months.

The number of domain name registrations has stayed the same

Several European top-level domain registries have experienced a growth in new domain names during the corona crisis. CENTR, The Council of European National Top-Level Domain Registries, reports a 20 per cent growth in new domain names in April 2020 compared to April 2019[1]. They assume that the reason probably is that many small businesses have been forced to establish themselves online in order to continue business when their physical shop was closed down.

The activity in domain name registrations in Norway has remained normal during the latest months despite the fact that many businesses have been closed, with little or no activity over several weeks. We also notice that our collaborating partners, the Norwegian Industrial Property Office and The Register of Business Enterprises/Altinn are experiencing a rush. People with start-up ideas are clearly not sitting on their hands waiting for better times. The impression is supported by the fact that we have had more requests than normal from businesses who want to become providers of Norwegian domain names.

Column chart comparing the domain registration numbers in january-may of 2019 and 2020. For April and May, the registration numbers are noticeably higher in 2020 than in 2019.
The graph compares registration numbers for the period 1 January through 31 May in 2019 and 2020 respectively.

[1] https://centr.org/news/blog/is-the-lockdown-driving-domain-registrations.html

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Scammers know how to exploit a crisis https://www.norid.no/en/aktuelt/svindlere-vet-a-utnytte-en-krisesituasjon/ Thu, 02 Apr 2020 13:25:42 +0000 https://www.norid.no/?p=15517 In the current state of emergency, scammers work to make a profit. They may try to make profit of the virus spread itself, or they may try to exploit that many of us feel anxious and take less caution than we usually do. Working from a home office can make us even more vulnerable.

One of the most common type of scam is an email with attachments or links. The purpose is usually to get us to buy amazing anti-corona products, transfer money, or submit credit card or bank account information. As a worst case scenario a scammer can take control of our computer or phone if we reply to the wrong email or click the wrong link.

We urge everyone to be very cautious of emails that arrive unexpectedly or that seem suspicious in any way. This particularly applies to unknown senders, but also to what seems at first glance to be trustworthy sources like government officials or banks. A person who is reasonably skilled can combine any sender name with a false email address, and so trick us into replying or clicking a link.

If you receive a suspicious email, our advice is that you carefully check the real sender address: Hover your cursor over the name of the sender and look at the domain name of the address hidden behind the name. The domain name is the part that follows the @ sign, i.e. ‘norid.no’ if the full address is info@norid.no. If this is a Norwegian domain name, you can find information about who the domain name belongs to in our lookup service.

Other actors also warn against increasing vulnerability in the ongoing state of emergency (links to Norwegian texts only):

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Domain registration remains normal https://www.norid.no/en/aktuelt/domeneregistrering-som-normalt/ Thu, 19 Mar 2020 11:26:19 +0000 https://www.norid.no/?p=15505 Despite the fact that nothing is normal these days, the registration figures for Norwegian domain names remain normal. Other activity in the registry service also remains regular. Our daily operations continue undisturbed.

The graph below shows the registration numbers for the period between 1 February and 17 March 2020.

Graph shows the domain registration pattern between 1 February and 17 March 2020. On weekdays, ca 450 domains registered per day. On weekends, less than 200 domains registered per day.
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Statistics about Norwegian domain names https://www.norid.no/en/aktuelt/nokkeltall-om-norske-domenenavn/ Mon, 09 Mar 2020 13:34:35 +0000 https://www.norid.no/?p=15474 How many Norwegian domain names are there? How many new domain names are registered and how many are deleted? Who are the biggest registrars for Norwegian domain names?

Statistics for Norwegian domain names are now available in a new graphic interface. The graphs are dynamic and can be downloaded as .xlsx- or .csv-files.

We are happy to receive feedback and suggestions for other relevant graphs.

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Internet forum 2020: Save the date! https://www.norid.no/en/aktuelt/internettforum-2020-hold-av-datoen/ Mon, 24 Feb 2020 14:22:36 +0000 https://www.norid.no/?p=15418 The date for Internet forum 2020 is Tuesday 17 November, in Oslo.

On 17 November this year’s internet forum will take place, this time at Thon Hotel Vika Atrium, right next to Aker Brygge in Oslo. Save the date now, and stay tuned for updates on theme and speakers.

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Job vacancies https://www.norid.no/en/aktuelt/open-positions/ Tue, 11 Feb 2020 15:53:44 +0000 https://www.norid.no/?p=15376 We are seeking people for three positoins: analyst, linux system administrator and advisor on acquisitions and internal control. Application deadline: 26 February.
Bilde av to Noridansatte, med tekst: Vi søker analytiker, systemadministrator & rådgiver.
Click on the image to see the ads at jobbnorge.no (in Norwegian only).
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Get the domain name before going public with the company name https://www.norid.no/en/aktuelt/get-the-domain-name-before-going-public-with-the-company-name/ Tue, 28 Jan 2020 14:34:12 +0000 https://www.norid.no/?p=15356 When founding or renaming a company, it is important not to stumble in the step-by-step order of registration. A good domain name for the company is often the bottleneck. Everyone must have a domain name, but domain names are unique, and if it’s taken, then it’s taken. Then you may have to settle for second best, or at worst you have to start the naming process from scratch.

We frequently see that a company chooses its name without having secured the proper domain name beforehand. Then they find out that the domain name is already registered by someone else. The start-up company may think that it will be easy to get it anyway, but this is not always the case. And if they do get the chance, it can be expensive to buy it. They may then be left with a domain name which is less optimal, i.e. less intuitive and user-friendly for its web based services.

Our advice to all who plan a new name is very simple: Keep the cards close to your chest until the domain name is registered. Once the domain name is secured, you can register the company in the Brønnøysund register centre (Norwegian chamber of commerce) and tell the world about your plans.

More about names and the registration process: https://www.norid.no/en/nytt-domenenavn/grunder/

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Municipalities can now have fully Sami domain names https://www.norid.no/en/aktuelt/kommunene-kan-na-fa-helsamiske-domenenavn-en/ Tue, 08 Jan 2019 10:18:23 +0000 https://www.norid.no/?p=11875 Starting 8 January 2019, all municipalities in Norway can have domain names where kommune.no is replaced by the three Sami names suohkan.no, gielda.no og tjielte.no

The municipalities are free to decide which name or names they will use. The registration is done via a registrar, as with any other domain name. 

Here are some examples of possible domain names:

  • tromso.suohkan.no/tromsø.suohkan.no/romsa.suohkan.no
  • tromso.gielda.no/tromsø.gielda.no/romsa.gielda.no
  • snasa.tjielte.no/snåsa.tjielte.no/snåasen.tjielte.no

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