Customers in the US and Canada with their domains or hosting set to auto-renew are probably aware that they need to have a sufficient balance on their prepaid accounts in order for an automatic renewal to go through.

This meant either paying for the renewal long ahead of time by crediting your prepaid account at the same time as setting up the automatic renewal, or having to log in and add money to your prepaid account when your service came up for renewal anyway.

If this state of affairs has left you puzzling over what the whole point of automatic renewal was anyway, then we have good news for you.

As of Monday May 9, 2016, Gandi customers in North America may now set up a credit or debit card* to be automatically charged when their prepaid account is depleted.

That means you can now be charged on your card for an automatic renewal without having to log in again.

To take advantage of this feature, you need to have 3D Secure (also called “Verified by Visa” or “MasterCard SecureCode”) set up on your card. Then you can add your card from the Billing tab under your Prepaid Account (click to the “Credit” page).

Gandi Prepaid Credit Page

When you click “Add a card,” you’ll be asked to fill out some information and set the amount to debit, under what conditions.

Gandi Automatic Debit Settings Page

There will be a $1.00 test charge on your card and after that, you’re ready activate the card and charge everything straight to your prepaid account (don’t let it go to your head, though).

For more information on adding* a credit card to your Gandi account, see our wiki page on the subject.

You can, of course, still do things the old-fashioned way. Check out our other payment methods too.

And if you have any problems or any other questions, feel free to contact our Customer care team.

 

* Gandi does not store credit card information. Your card will be stored on file directly with our bank.


If you are the happy holder of a domain name or of a trademark, you might have received messages which look suspicious or seem to originate from dubious senders. One will, for instance, pretend your domain name is about to expire, but is not sent by the sponsoring Registrar. The other contacts you in your capacity as CEO and kindly informs you someone is trying to register domain names with Chinese top level tlds using your trademark and/or your company name.

After reading this message, you are left on your own, with many options ranging from ignoring the mail to forwarding the message to your attorney. You may be facing a slamming attempt, a common type of fraud which is perpetrated in various ways.

Last month, we warned our customers about a wave of slamming attempts and this article's goal is to provide an overview of the different frauds that go by the illustrious name  "slamming" and to provide you with advice as to what to do when you receive such messages.

 

1. The "Protect your trademarks" (for a high price) scam

While pretending to offer help protecting your trademarks, a "Registrar" contacts you telling you someone is trying to register these trademarks in Chinese and Asian top-level domains such as .cn, .asia or .tw. This generous sender is simply willing to allow you to oppose these registrations! If you are still interested in protecting your trademarks, of course.

Usually, trademark holders reply instantly: yes please! Block these people trying to steal my business!

The trademark holder just confirmed his order for a domain name registration he did not need in the first place. And it is usually really expensive.

We advise you to: not (ever) reply to these alleged warnings. Replying will confirm you are reading the message and that you're worried about your tradermarks and will be considered by the scammer as a sign of weakness and vulnerablability.

 

2. The "Someone registered your domain name as a keyword" scam

These messages are usually written in an urgent tone. They are very similar to those above, even if they indicate someone registered your trademarks or domain names as keywords instead of domain names.

Again, please disregard these offers: replying will only lead the scammer to put pressure on you and offer overpriced (compared to average) services that you do not even need.


3. The "Your domain name will expire soon" scam

You might have received emails in the past indicating your domain name would expire soon while, to your knowledge, it was due to expire much later.

This type of scam works the same way no matter the perpetrator: you are being told your domain name is about to expire within the next few days and you could lose it. A document is usually attached to facilitate renewal process.

This document is not a real renewal order. By replying and ticking the box or accepting the offer, you are instead accepting a transfer of your domain name from your current Registrar to another.

Not only is your domain name being transferred from your trusted Registrar to an unknown and not-so-trustworthy Registrar (they emailed you out of the blue, remember), but you are also charged four or five times the price usually charged for such transfers.

We advise you to: upon reception of these so-called "reminders", your first reaction should be to perform a Whois check on your domain name to compare the "reminder" information and the Registry's information.

If the expiration date does not match the one the message you received, you are most probably reading a fake notification.

Quick reminder: keep in mind that you can enable the "transfer lock" protection on your domain names directly from your GANDI account as well as two-factor authentication and, at last, IP restriction, to increase the protection level on your domain name(s).

And as we mentioned before, remember our anti-spam protection feature. When this feature is activated, anyone who culls your email address from the whois (as domain slammers often do) will only get a "hashed" version @contact.gandi.net. You can know that emails sent to such an address do not come from Gandi.

If you encounter such a situation our key recommendations are to check the email headers for suspicious addresses and to double check the information provided in those emails (expiration date, domain name holder). This will protect you from mistaking a scam with a legitimate notification. In any case, do not hesitate toreach out to GANDI's customer care teams, they will be glad to help you sort things out and make sure you are dealing with a legitimate reminder.


ImageMagick announced a security vulnerability, registered as CVE-2016-3714, that allows malicious users to craft filenames to execute code remotely.

We have applied the appropriate fixes on Simple Hosting to protect customer applications using ImageMagick libraries.

If you're using ImageMagick in your application, make sure you restart your instance after 18:00 UTC (11:00 AM PDT) on May 4, 2016 in order to apply the patch.

You can restart your instance from the website or from the terminal with Gandi CLI:

$ gandi paas restart {instance_name}

Please don't hesitate to contact Customer Care if you experience any issues or have any questions related to this topic.


Since last we reported on new strings added to the root by ICANN, two TLDs were added that seem like a good match for Google but ultimately will be managed by Amazon, providing some possible evidence of behind-the-scenes dealings, two new TLDs were added for the Abu Dhabi government, a surprisingly controversial application finally resulted in a delegation and a new generic Chinese-language TLD has also been added.

 

.you and .talk — March 25

The .you and .talk extensions are both TLDs with direct relationships to Google properties: .you with YouTube and .talk with Google Talk. It comes as no surprise, then, that one of the two applications ICANN received for each of these two TLDs came from Google.

What is surprising, though, is that Google withdrew its applications for each of these TLDs in July 2014, leaving Amazon as the only remaining applicant on these two TLDs. Interestingly, at the same time, Amazon withdrew its applications for .dev and .drive, leaving Google the only applicant for those two. It would appear, then, that some kind of private arrangement was met regarding these four TLDs. Now, .you and .talk have been delegated and we can expect to see these released by Amazon.

.abudhabi and ابوظبي. — April 6

The extension .abudhabi and its Arabic-character version ابوظبي. (.xn--mgbca7dzdo in punycode) are both two new geoTLDs proposed by the Abu Dhabi government. The Abu Dhabi government will actually maintain a significant degree of control over the two TLDs: the application stipulates that registration will be restricted to agencies registered with the Abu Dhabi government.

The intention is apparently to “supplement existing means of communication” for Abu Dhabi government entities. So while these are indeed geoTLDs, the Abu Dhabi government intends to use them in a more official capacity than the typical geoTLD.

 

.baby — April 8

The path from application to delegation for .baby was surprisingly rocky. This TLD was one of the TLDs, along with .gay, that the Saudi Arabian government objected to for potentially promoting pornographic content. The European Commission also raised concerns about the potential use of .baby for purposes that “could possibly raise issues of compatibility with the existing legislations (the acquis) and/or with policy positions and objectives of the European Union.” Nonetheless, .baby received six applications, including one from Google, but ultimately it was awarded to Johnson & Johnson as a lifestyle TLD.

 

.网站 — April 17

The puny code version of .网站 (pronounced /wangzhan/) is .xn--5tzm5g and it means “website.” As a new addition the stable of Chinese-language generic TLDs, .网站 hopes to contend with TLDs such as .在线 (“online”) and .中国 (“China”) to be the go-to generic TLD for the Chinese language community. They may have a late start on these two competitors but, as we’ve noted before, the domain name market in China is only just beginning to open up and already accounts for a significant portion of domains registered.

 

You can keep track of future developments on this page from ICANN.

Remember: these are new TLDs on the cutting edge of having been added by ICANN. As such, any discussion of one of these TLDs should not be interpreted as meaning any of these extensions will be imminently available on Gandi (though we, of course, try to offer all the extensions we possibly can).


Today, May 3rd, is World Press Freedom Day, an international celebration created and organized by the United Nations.

Each year, there’s a theme, and this year’s theme is one we can especially get behind. Of course, being the UN it’s not as short and snappy as we’d like, but “Freedom of Information and Sustainable Development, Protecting press freedom from censorship and surveillance overreach and Ensuring safety of journalists online and offline,” is certainly something we care about at least as much as freedom of the press in general. The freedom of information and the independence of the press are two things we think are necessary in the kind of world we want to help build.

This month, to participate in the celebrations we're offering a promotion on .press domains. From May 3, 2016 until June 3, 2016, domains in the .press TLD will be available for $5.00 per year each (They normally go for $94.97 per year at A rates). So do your part to promote freedom of the press with a .press domain this month.

Register a .press?

.press


 


When we first announced the launch of the new .game TLD last August, we knew this would be a great TLD for those who like playing games of all kinds: card games, board games, word games, puzzle games, and even video games.

What we didn’t realize was that .game would be a great extension for those who enjoy mind games.

You see, when we first announced the Sunrise phase for .game, the plan was that .game would have no Landrush phase and would pass directly into the GoLive phase in October … 2015 …

And then, like in a bad horror movie, the .game game began. Uniregistry, the .game registry, last fall suddenly stopped the launch of .game without any communication or notification sent to those of us registrars who had already started to register them. They were just bluffing with their launch schedule, it seemed.

And then it turned into a .game of hide-and-go-seek. Or at least, when we went seeking answers from them, Uniregistry hid.

Finally, they announced their latest World Conquest Plan™: a new Sunrise phase (think of it as a sequel), a one-day Landrush and finally a GoLive period: this time scheduled for May 24, 2016. And, of course, the new and improved .game play also came with new and improved prices as well.

So, just to get everything all straightened out, here’s the new schedule and pricing:

Sunrise | May 3-May 16, 2016 | $600.67
Landrush | May 23-May 24, 2016, 9:00 AM-8:59 AM | $2851.03
GoLive | May 24, 2016, 9:00 AM | $350.63 per year at A rates

If you already pre-ordered a .game, you should have already received an email from us about how to re-order it under the new pricing scheme. If not, be sure to contact Customer care.

Not only that, the new rules of the .game also include a re-positioning of the extension as Premium, primarily aimed towards the video game market. Some 50,000 terms are now Premium for .game. If you guess a lucky domain in this category, you win the opportunity to pay $2,039.25 to register it.

Not only that, some 300 terms are now “Reserved” meaning that they cannot be registered at all.

Find out if you’re a winner here (and register if you like):

Register a .game?

.game

 

Hopefully, this time around the rules of the .game are final.


Recently, Verisign announced a price drop on .cc domains and when we heard, we thought it was only right to copycat them and lower our prices too. And, fittingly for such a symmetrical TLD, the previous price of $35.00 is getting sliced in half to $17.50 per year at A rates. Permanently.

We gotta say, this is a versatile TLD. In addition to Coco Islands, which it officially stands for, .cc can also be for cubic centimeters (as in “I need 50 cc’s of dihydrogen monoxide … stat.”), Carson City, carbon copy (or blind carbon copy), closed captioning, corpus callosum, cyclomatic complexity or just the name: Cici. And, polyglots out there will know it’s Spanish for “yes yes”. Plus it’s just catchy. “See-see?

Take advantage of the price drop and register a .cc?

.cc


April showers bring May … well not just flowers, but everything green. Including 50% off on .green domains through the month of May, all the way until June 30, 2016.

That means .green domains will be on sale for $47.65 per year. If you’ve got a green thumb or live a green lifestyle, get a .green domain now while you can take advantage of this promo. It's not always this easy being green.

Are you .green?

.green

 


There are a few basics you learn in school, like “I” before “E” except after “C”, why 2 + 2 makes 4, and of course your ABCs … all the way to the end of the alphabet.

This month, from May 1, 2016 until May 30, 2016, it’s no more complicated than that: buy 1 .xyz for 1 year for just $2. It’s no more complicated than that.

Get a .xyz?

.xyz

 


Ahh springtime. It’s May and romance is in the air. No, that’s not just pollen. And those aren't just bees buzzing around our heads. It's also a question. A very serious question:  do you love .me?

If you say, “Yes,” then you and .me can be oh-so-happy together this May because from today, May 1 until May 14, 2016, .me is on sale for only $4.00 (compared to the normal $14.40 per year at A rates).

So hold .me, squeeze .me, love .me, need .me. Bend .me, shape .me any way you want .me. Because you and .me belong together.

Register .me?

.me

 


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