Chromium’s Impact on Root DNS Traffic

This article originally appeared Aug. 21, 2020 on the APNIC blog. Introduction Chromium is an open-source software project that forms the foundation for Google’s Chrome web browser, as well as a number of other browser products, including Microsoft Edge, Opera, Amazon Silk, and Brave. Since Chrome’s introduction in 2008, Chromium-based browsers have steadily risen in popularity and today comprise approximately 70% of the market share.1 Chromium has, since its early days, included a feature known as the omnibox. This is where users may enter either a web site name, URL,…

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Verisign Q2 2020 Domain Name Industry Brief: Internet Grows to 370.1 Million Domain Name Registrations in the Second Quarter of 2020

Today, we released the latest issue of the Domain Name Industry Brief, which shows that the second quarter of 2020 closed with 370.1 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs), an increase of 3.3 million domain name registrations, or 0.9 percent, compared to the first quarter of 2020.1,2 Domain name registrations have grown by 15.3 million, or 4.3 percent, year over year.1,2 .com and .net Detail The .com and .net TLDs had a combined total of 162.1 million domain name registrations in the domain name base3 at the end…

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DNS: An Essential Component of Cloud Computing

The evolution of the internet is anchored in the phenomenon of new technologies replacing their older counterparts. But technology evolution can be just as much about building upon what is already in place, as it is about tearing down past innovations. Indeed, the emergence of cloud computing has been powered by extending an unlikely underlying component: the more than 30-year-old global Domain Name System (DNS). The DNS has offered a level of utility and resiliency that has been virtually unmatched in its 30-plus years of existence. Not only is this…

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Combatting Illegal Online Opioid Sales in the COVID-19 Era

U.S. News & World Report’s June 23 article, “The Hidden Deaths of COVID-19”, details how the current novel coronavirus pandemic could cause a spike in opioid overdoses, by denying those most at risk access to support meetings or urgent medical care. It underscores that, even as we focus on mitigating this current pandemic, we cannot let up on efforts to combat the ongoing epidemic of opioid misuse and overdose. That includes cracking down on online drug peddlers who put profits before safety, and who seek to use the internet to…

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Verisign Q1 2020 Domain Name Industry Brief: Internet Grows To 366.8 Million Domain Name Registrations In The First Quarter of 2020

Today, we released the latest issue of the Domain Name Industry Brief, which shows that the first quarter of 2020 closed with 366.8 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs), an increase of 4.5 million domain name registrations, or 1.2 percent, compared to the fourth quarter of 2019.1,2 Domain name registrations have grown by 14.9 million, or 4.2 percent, year over year.1,2 .COM AND .NET DETAIL The .com and .net TLDs had a combined total of 160.7 million domain name registrations in the domain name base3 at the end…

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Two-Month Extension of Wholesale Restore Fee Waiver

Two months ago we implemented a number of measures to respond to the emerging COVID-19 pandemic. These measures were designed to support the communities we serve and in which we are located, while maintaining our focus on providing secure, stable and resilient critical internet infrastructure. One of the steps we took was to waive, for .com and .net domain names, the one-time wholesale restore fee, which is charged to restore to active status a domain name registration which has been deleted by a registrar. We announced on April 2, 2020…

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Verisign Will Waive Wholesale Restore Fee to Help Registrants Keep Their Domain Names During COVID-19 Crisis

Last week, we announced a number of actions we are taking to support our people and community during the global COVID-19 crisis. Today, we’re pleased to provide more detail about one of those actions, which, with the help of registrars, will make it easier for domain name registrants worldwide to keep their domain names in the midst of this crisis. Typically, when a domain name registration is deleted by a registrar, there is a period of time – before the name goes back into general availability – during which the…

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How We’re Responding to the COVID-19 Crisis – UPDATED

This blog was initially published on March 25, 2020. In our July 23, 2020 earnings release the company stated that the freeze on registry prices for all of our top-level domains (TLDs), including .com and .net, would be extended through March 31, 2021. Further information can be found here. As people around the world gather online to address the global challenges posed by COVID-19, we want to share some of the steps we have taken so far to support the communities we serve, while keeping our critical internet infrastructure running…

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Verisign Q4 2019 Domain Name Industry Brief: Internet Grows To 362.3 Million Domain Name Registrations In The Fourth Quarter of 2019

Today, we released the latest issue of the Domain Name Industry Brief, which shows that the fourth quarter of 2019 closed with 362.3 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs), an increase of 2.4 million domain name registrations, or 0.7 percent, compared to the third quarter of 2019.1,2 Domain name registrations have grown by 13.5 million, or 3.9 percent, year over year.1,2 .COM AND .NET DETAIL The .com and .net TLDs had a combined total of 158.8 million domain name registrations in the domain name base3 at the end…

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Verisign Q3 2019 Domain Name Industry Brief: Internet Grows to 359.8 Million Domain Name Registrations in the Third Quarter of 2019

Today, we released the latest issue of the Domain Name Industry Brief, which shows that the third quarter of 2019 closed with 359.8 million domain name registrations across all top-level domains (TLDs), an increase of 5.1 million domain name registrations, or 1.4 percent, compared to the second quarter of 2019.1,2 Domain name registrations have grown by 17.4 million, or 5.1 percent, year over year.1,2 .COM AND .NET DETAIL The .com and .net TLDs had a combined total of 157.4 million domain name registrations in the domain name base3 at the end…

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