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Mick Begley
on January 31st, 2019

DNS Flag Day – 1 February 2019

What is DNS Flag Day? From 1 February 2019 changes will be rolled out to the Domain Name System (DNS) software. Named, DNS Flag Day, this is to prepare the DNS for the deployment of new features. However, the knock-on effect is that some domain names will break for anyone who is using a non-compliant DNS setup. We have been scanning the .ie zone over the past few months and reached out to Registrars and domain holders to assist them in moving their DNS to a compliant setup. Currently there are just under 0.4% that are not yet compliant. Technical information…

Mick Begley
on April 18th, 2017

Securing your domain

You would not leave your shop unlocked overnight. You should treat your website the same way. A domain name is effectively your online shop window. It is your place of business and it is how people find and trade with you online. In order for them to do business with you, they need to trust you. As a customer, you would be less likely to walk into a shop with a broken window or an alarm going off constantly. The same principle applies to your online presence. It is important that your online shop window is as secure as any bricks…

on May 31st, 2016

DDoS attacks on the rise in 2016

According to a report recently published by Verisign, Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) attacks are on the rise globally. What is a DDoS attack? A DDoS attack is essentially an attempt to overwhelm a website with large volumes of traffic from multiple sources in order to try and make the site crash. There are many different types of DDoS attacks but they differ from a Denial of Service (DoS) attack because they use multiple computers (sometimes tens of thousands of them) from all over the world to attack one specific target. Using large numbers of computers makes it difficult to identify where…

on February 29th, 2016

Busting jargon – what is Two Step Authentication?

The language used in IT can often be confusing to the layman. In an effort to bust some jargon and explain some acronyms we asked our Systems Administrator, Paul Duffy, to explain exactly what 2FA is and how we use it at the IEDR:  Two Step Authentication or Two Factor Authentication (2FA) is an extra level of security that helps protect your account by requiring that you know something (a password) and you possess something (laptop, mobile phone, hardware token etc.) in order to login to your account. The benefit being that if your password is compromised, the attacker also needs to be…

on February 2nd, 2016

Pick a strong password to protect yourself online

SplashData recently published a list of the most common passwords of 2015. Essentially they compile a list of all the passwords that have been stolen and made publicly available over the last 12 months before finally sorting them in order of popularity. With the total list consisting of over 2 million passwords it is safe to say that if your password is at the top of this list you’re in trouble! The 25  most popular passwords of 2015, as listed by SplashData and with their movement from the 2014 in brackets are as follows: 1. 123456 (Unchanged) 2. password (Unchanged) 3….

on October 29th, 2015

A third of Irish businesses still without online presence as Ireland celebrates first Internet Day

91% of Irish SMEs cannot process sales online, while 54% do not have websites optimised for mobile use Figures outlined at launch of Ireland’s first Internet Day at CHQ Building this morning Internet Day will feature two discussion panels, an address by futurologist Rudy de Waele and a week-long free public exhibition, The History and Future of the Internet Over a third (37%) of Irish SMEs still do not have a website or any online presence whatsoever, according to a recent survey by the IE Domain Registry (IEDR). The statistic, alongside other revealing figures which show 91% of Irish SMEs…