01 Jul

What is the ‘Hybrid Cloud’?

What is the ‘Hybrid Cloud’ and Why are so Many Businesses Turning to it?

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Count how many digital services you rely on day to day. Now, count how many of those must connect to the internet and how many of those are subscription-based. After connecting to my CRM, email marketing manager, Adobe Creative Cloud for designing marketing material, SEO tools, I realized my entire job relies on cloud-based services. I can’t be the only one either. It seems like all the services we rely on daily as professionals are moving towards the cloud. So, let’s try to understand it.

The cloud is mainly split between 3 different solutions ‘Private’, ‘Public’, and ‘Hybrid’. But as more and more data is processed and stored in data centers, there is an increasingly hot debate amongst businesses who are arguing about the pros and cons between using a private cloud or public cloud data strategy. And there is no clear winner. Both the public and private clouds have compromises which cause many companies to also consider hybrid strategies.

The Private Cloud

Let’s start with on-premises private cloud. The “on-prem” private cloud is a solution that is hosted on private hardware and typically accessed over a private network. Example: consider a desktop tower that contains all the data needed to run your business which is accessed over an internal intranet. Information can be accessed remotely, but that information is largely limited via different certifications and access levels. Although the private cloud is secure, scalability is challenging and private clouds often lack redundancy in case of hardware failure. Private clouds can also be immensely expensive as companies need to purchase their own hardware if they want to scale. That hardware must also be replaced regularly leading to added maintenance and expense. This makes owning hardware hard to scale with company growth. This issue of scalability typically leads many businesses to use a public cloud.

The Public Cloud

The ‘Public Cloud’ refers to a cloud that is provided by a third party (like ZebraHost). With a public cloud, the cloud provider manages all the infrastructure and data that is hosted on their system. Some of the advantages include near-infinite scalability, lower costs for businesses due to not owning hardware, more flexible As a Service (aaS) payment structure, and security solutions backed by dedicated data experts and physical data centers.

Examples of other public cloud providers are big tech companies that store user data in their Software as a Service (SaaS) applications or Platform as a Service (PaaS) infrastructure. Example: Salesforce’s popular CRM platform. Salesforce is a platform for users to upload sales activity data. With a subscription to Salesforce, companies can store their sales data on the servers that Salesforce owns. Not only that, but Salesforce also acts as a platform for companies to implement custom APIs and or build their own customized platform on. All a company subscribed to Salesforce has to do is pay a monthly subscription fee. While paying a subscription, the company can customize Salesforce CRM to fit their needs. All backend data hosting and infrastructure is taken care of by Salesforce.

But again, there are cons to a public cloud.

For example, many do not like the idea of a 3rd party controlling all their data and having access to potentially sensitive information and trade secrets. Also, with nothing being hosted on-premises, there is no place to store the most sensitive data away from potentially prying eyes. This is especially important for industries like Healthcare IT and Finance which have regulatory requirements often disqualifying them from hosting data on a public cloud.

Because of the challenges presented by both the public and private cloud, more and more corporations are beginning to seek out a third option… the hybrid cloud.

The Hybrid Cloud

The hybrid cloud offers the best of both worlds. It offers a private cloud for storing base application infrastructure or extremely sensitive data while allowing near-infinite scalability, redundancy, and cost savings.

The hybrid cloud is an infrastructure strategy where a company will maintain its own private cloud as the core for its data while utilizing a public cloud to scale.

There are multiple ways to use a hybrid cloud strategy. Arguably the greatest strength of the hybrid cloud is its flexibility. Here’s a few ways companies can use the hybrid cloud strategy:

  • Storing the most sensitive data on a private cloud then storing more routine data on a public cloud
  • Storing core application infrastructure on a private cloud then building on it in the public cloud
  • Using a private cloud as the primary server then saving some data on the public cloud for redundancy.
  • Using the augment a local private cloud for seasonal traffic surges.

The above are only a few common examples of ways companies might use a hybrid cloud, but they all boil down to a few key advantages:

Controlled Scalability – The hybrid cloud allows scalability, but at a level you decide is comfortable for your business. For example, your business might have HIPAA data that can’t be stored on a public cloud but might also have more routine, less sensitive data that would be more appropriate to store on a public cloud. You can keep the HIPAA data on your private cloud while saving cost by utilizing the public cloud for any other data which scales per your needs.

Cost Efficiency – Scalability feeds directly into the second main advantage of the hybrid cloud which is cost-efficiency. Because your business doesn’t have to purchase new equipment to host your remaining data and instead builds on an already established foundation, it’s much cheaper to outsource to a 3rd party. 3rd party providers use their own equipment and most charge a monthly Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) fee. An IaaS fee will be more manageable than buying hardware outright for most businesses because hardware costs are split between multiple tenants using the cloud provider’s hardware. This means that for most businesses, paying a monthly fee is cheaper overall and splits costs over long periods of time. Some businesses prefer to have Operational Expenses over Capital Expenses for easier accounting.

Redundancy – Redundancy is generally poor for private cloud solutions. Having private hardware and no ability to transfer data to other hardware of another data center naturally means there is more risk involved with storing data. Both public and hybrid clouds offer more redundancy and as a result, a safer environment for your business. If data is backed up into a public cloud as well as a private cloud, its accessible from two places. Even if separate data is kept between your public and private clouds, you still won’t lose everything if there should be a hardware failure. The hybrid cloud offers redundancy and redundancy offers peace of mind.

Final thoughts:

Right now, there is no denying the cloud is going to continue to expand in importance to how we perform our daily tasks and how we run our businesses. The impressive scalability, redundancy, and profits from cloud services are too good to pass up in their entirety.

Many companies rushed to the cloud. Some are adopting cloud-first strategies that will see their entire business and data inhabiting the public cloud. But others are starting to adopt a more cautious approach, afraid of what could happen if they leave everything to a third party. It makes sense that businesses want to take an approach that allows them to hold onto the most critical data on-premises whilst scaling with a cloud provider as needed.

We will likely continue to see the hybrid cloud become an increasingly important part of how information and applications are stored and managed. But dedicated private clouds and public cloud solutions will also continue to be solutions with their own advantages.

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24 Jun

The Importance of Hypervisors

The Importance of Hypervisors

Hypervisors are important. They are the main tool that helps your hosting provider manage all the virtual machines that connect you with YOUR sensitive data. At first, Hypervisors might seem like something only the hosting provider needs to worry about. But you should be aware of what features the hypervisor running your virtual machine has. Some hypervisors are very basic and just allow you to connect to your server. But others have features like backup snapshots that can save you time and money. Knowing what features a hypervisor has will give you more control over your server, and help you make sure you are getting a good value from your hosting provider.

A hypervisor is a layer of software that allows the hosting provider to create, provision, modify, and manage virtual machines (VMs). A Hypervisor provisions a set of real hardware and partitions it into isolated VM environments. The hosting provider can then add or remove resources, perform backups, and remotely control each virtual server with a few clicks. The hypervisor allows you or your hosting provider to access the virtual server through remote computing protocols. Common protocols are SSH, RDP, and VNC.

Hypervisors don’t just do basic hardware provisioning like picking how much RAM the server has or the CPU speed, but also let the hosting provider mix and match from a pool of hardware on the server rack. For example, when choosing storage, a hosting provider can choose which tier to provision. It could be an SSD tier or an array of spindle hard drives. ZebraHost currently provisions all new machines on SSD only. The more advanced the hypervisor, the more options involving hardware and network connectivity that can be customized.

Think of these hypervisors as ‘virtual machine management software’. The hypervisor is a layer that either runs directly on the server hardware itself (known as bare metal) or as a separate window on top of a host operating system (like parallels on a mac). These two types are known respectively as type 1 and type 2 hypervisors.

Hypervisor Types

Type 1: a type 1 hypervisor is installed directly on server hardware. They are usually used in data centers and designed for professional data management use. A type 1 hypervisor is installed on a server in a data center much like an OS on a computer. Type 1 hypervisors allow more advanced hardware provisioning and a large performance increase over type 2 hypervisors because they are installed on the hardware itself.

One of the most popular options for type 1 hypervisors are KVM hypervisors. These are kernel-based, open-source hypervisors installed on the hardware. These hypervisors come with the advanced functionality provided by the Linux kernel.

Type 2: Type 2 hypervisors run on top of a host operating system (like Mac OS or Windows). Type 2 utilizes the hardware of the host machine while creating a virtual version of an operating system. Usually managed from a window. Type 2 hypervisors are typically for consumer and temporary use. Applications would include running untrusted software, development testing, or testing out an operating system. One of the most common examples is Oracle Virtual Box.

Why Hypervisors Matter for You

When inquiring about professional hosting services, make sure your hosting provider is using a professional-grade type 1 hypervisor. Some examples would be a KVM based solution like Verge.io, VM Ware, or Microsoft Hyper-V.

But while hypervisors are conveniently split into two BROAD categories, not all of them are created equal. Some are inexpensive but lack critical controllability features. Others are expensive but offer features like built-in backup that alleviate the need for other service subscriptions. Some, like Microsoft Hyper-V, are proprietary and only accessible with licensed software.

Before getting into more detailed questions you will want to make sure your hosting provider is using a feature-rich hypervisor with built-in security and backup solutions (it might save you from disaster one day). Built-in backup will also make sure you are getting the most value possible out of your host.

Questions you will want to research yourself or ask your potential future hosting provider.

  1. What kind of VM management tools are available?

You will want to make sure you are choosing a host that has a feature-rich hypervisor. When an environment is virtualized, it needs tools to be managed remotely. Here’s an example. ZebraHost uses Verge.io. Verge.io is a cloud management provider that uses a KVM-based hypervisor. It allows for the remote management and creation of multiple, isolated tenants within a virtual environment. Need to spin up a new VM in a flash? In a feature-rich hypervisor like Verge.io you can do that. Need to perform a backup within seconds and be able to restore it in minutes? Again, a feature-rich hypervisor like Verge.io can do that. Capabilities like these can often save you money because you don’t need to purchase extra 3rd party software licenses for your server.

  • High availability?

High availability (HA) is a hosting strategy where a stack always maintains free storage and redundant hardware. This means that if there is a hardware failure, your data can copy to the next available server. It also means that if hardware fails, there is another set of hardware to take its place. The result is less data loss and less potential downtime. Make sure your hypervisor works well with high availability hosting options.

  • Does the hypervisor have a great support network?

Knowledge is power – especially in a world dominated by the public cloud. A hypervisor should have training available, a great community, customer support, and be intuitive enough to develop a good understanding of how it works. Having a great support network opens the door to more solutions.

  • Is the hypervisor reliable?

The last thing you want is an unreliable hypervisor. It’s your gateway to your virtual machine. Consider researching how long the hypervisor has been around, if people have had issues with security or malfunctions, and make sure it works like it is supposed to. Great hypervisors are reliable while also have cutting edge tech.

  • Cost?

Finally, the cost. The cost is usually something paid by your hosting provider. But knowing how much a hypervisor costs can help you understand if your getting a good value from your hosting. You should partner with a hosting provider that has an excellent, feature-rich hypervisor and will host your VM at a fair price.

Final Thoughts,

Hypervisors are an important technology for anyone that uses virtual machines. While the hypervisor will likely be a utility used more by your hosting provider than yourself, it is still important to understand how hypervisors work so you can be in control of your data. Understanding which hypervisor your hosting provider uses will also let you know if you are getting a fair deal or if there are cost-saving measures you can take advantage of.

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17 Jun

What is the ‘Public Cloud’?

The Public Cloud

Public Cloud, It’s a puzzling term, isn’t it? Companies are moving applications and critical data to something called the ‘Public Cloud’ at a record pace. At first, ‘public’ cloud sounds well… public. It sounds like content designed for the entire world to see. SO WHY WOULD A COMPANY DO THAT WITH THEIR CRITICAL AND SENSITIVE DATA!?

Defining ‘Public’ Cloud

It turns out the public cloud isn’t as ‘public’ as you might think. The ‘cloud’ refers to storing data with the intention to access it remotely. And this cloud comes in several forms including:

  • Private Cloud
  • Hybrid Cloud
  • Public Cloud
  • Community Cloud

‘Public’ refers to the idea that the data is not on-premise, but instead, stored in a data center off-premise. Some data centers are owned by large companies with enormous data storage needs like Facebook or Salesforce.com. But for many small and medium businesses, a public cloud means renting space with multiple tenants occupying the same data center while a hosting provider manages their data. When looking at hosting solutions, think of the public cloud as a service where a 3rd party hosting provider like ZebraHost is responsible for storing data, maintaining the infrastructure, hardware, security, and day to day support.

Why the Move to the Public Cloud? Savings and Convenience.

Many companies and individuals are increasingly storing data in the public cloud because it’s easier and can make costs more manageable because of utility-style or monthly billing options. The hosting service provider maintains all infrastructure and oversees maintenance which results in less cost for clients using hosting services. And unless a cloud is on separate dedicated hardware, the cost of the hardware itself is also being split among other tenants. This saves money because each company is only paying a fraction of the hardware costs. These hosting providers provide equipment and maintenance as a service often referred to as Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS).

Hosts will usually charge a monthly flat rate based on hardware and storage needs. Some may even use a model called ‘utility’ billing which is a pay-per-use model where companies are charged depending on the resources they use like RAM, CPU, storage, bandwidth etc. For many businesses, paying in small increments makes the move to the cloud a lot easier and affordable because they don’t need to purchase equipment upfront, build a server-safe environment or hire dedicated IT maintenance professionals. The public cloud has thus made the cloud affordable for many businesses which has accelerated the cloud’s growth.

Rise of the Public Cloud

You’ve undoubtedly seen the results of the public cloud’s rapid rise. Popular platforms like Office365, Salesforce.com, and Google products all store information in the public cloud. While these are all examples of large technology companies that have the means to purchase their own equipment, many smaller companies, startups, and individuals want to have their application be web-accessible or to have a safe place to store and access data. These are the groups that will usually turn to a hosting provider and or application building platform like AWS to move to the public cloud.

What you’ll notice is that the public cloud tends to be a sort of umbrella term. There are actually a few industry-specific terms to define which public cloud a business uses.

Here’s the different services that make up the public cloud.

SaaS: Software as a Service – The example most think about first is Salesforce.com which offers the leading web-based CRM platform. SaaS is when the software is offered as a paid service with a recurring fee to use it. These applications are typically maintained and accessed from the web. Ex. Office 365.

IaaS: Infrastructure as a Service – Hosting providers like ZebraHost would be considered IaaS. They offer the hardware, virtualized environment, and networking to maintain and host applications or services. This a common route for many businesses looking to transition to the cloud.

PaaS: Platform as a Service – Amazon Web Services (AWS) is used as a common example. PaaS allows the development of software and applications without having to build or maintain the underlying software infrastructure. This can come in both the form of hardware and software. This is a popular service because it makes development easier for the end-user.

So…Why would you hand your data over to the public cloud? Well, there are a few reasons.

  • Cost: As mentioned before, because someone else owns the hardware there isn’t a reason to buy your own. Hardware is split among other tenants which saves you money
  • Scalability: Theoretically a company utilizing a public cloud could scale infinity fast because all they must do is find a provider with already running hardware to set up a public cloud.
  • Ease: Most of the work is outsourced to a 3rd party making it easy to get up and running.
  • Redundancy: Data centers and cloud providers can provide numerous backups for long periods of time. They can also split data among hardware and hosting locations.
  • Risk: Having your whole business on a tower on your desk might not be the best idea…It’s very vulnerable to day to day activities and accidents. A 3rd party will have a well-secured environment for your data and backup hardware in case of failure.

But there’s also disadvantages to consider:

  • Security: This depends on how much you trust your hosting provider. Data is sensitive and while most hosting providers will respect your data, it’s still in the hand of someone else.
  • Regulation: Industries like Healthcare and Finance usually have data that has a lot of legal regulations (like HIPAA). These companies must be careful with monitoring which data is stored outside their private cloud.
  • Configurability: Hosting providers don’t always provide flexible solutions such as OS choice, backup services, or hardware configurations. But some like ZebraHost do. You should ask your hosting provider what they allow you to configure.

In Sum,

The public cloud is quickly becoming a strategy used by businesses to outsource maintenance, save costs, and position services to be web-accessible. In an increasingly services dominated market the public cloud is not only A strategy for businesses it is THE primary strategy to maintain a competitive edge.

For many, the pros outweigh the cons for implementing a public cloud strategy. The low cost, scalability, and ease of use are attractive for many organizations that don’t want to spend time managing their infrastructure. But some companies still like having some data on-premise on a private cloud. These businesses are leading the revolution to implement the hybrid cloud which is another strong hosting strategy aimed at giving the security of a private cloud and the scalability of a public cloud.

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03 Jun

Domain Squatting And How to Protect Yourself

What is Domain Squatting or Cybersquatting?

These days, your business’s success is largely dictated by your online presence. And your Internet presence is largely dictated by your SEO and how you rank in Search Engine Results Pages (SERP).

Having a domain that represents your business well and is easy for users to remember not only increases your business’s search engine visibility but will make your business look professional and legitimate.

But have you ever browsed a domain brokerage and found your perfect domain like yourbusiness.com only to find that the domain is either taken or for sale at an exorbitant price? Maybe the price isn’t even listed, and they ask you to contact the owner? Unfortunately, you might have come across an instance of domain squatting.

Domain squatting, or as many call it cybersquatting, is the act of purchasing a domain with the intent to hold the domain and sell to the highest bidder, take advantage of Internet traffic to make money on ads, or purposefully block others from having access to the name for a variety of reasons.

Domain Squatting vs Domaining

Domain squatting is different than the similar act of domaining which is purchasing domain names that might be valuable for the purpose of reselling or holding for personal use. The difference between domaining and domain squatting is that domain squatting often has malicious or extortionary intent. Domain squatting actually used to be perfectly legal, but the Uniform-Dispute Resolution Policy (UDRP) by ICAAN, an international body dedicated to Internet fair competition and human usability, has made the act of domain squatting illegal in many cases and a grey area at best.

Why Would Someone Domain Squat? Its profitable.

Though domain squatting or cybersquatting can have series legal implications many consider it an investment. Valuable top-level domains (like .com) are purchased first come first serve, held, renewed and sold at exorbitant prices. For example, generic websites like thebestdatahost.com could be considered valuable investments and sold to a company looking for a marketable URL that will generate traffic. Domain squatters can buy this domain and hold it until they sell it at a profitable price.

Here’s where domain squatting becomes problematic

There have been high level court cases such as those with celebrities and fortune 500 companies where domains were either purchased and offered for extortionary prices or misused to gain web traffic. These cases are typically referred to as “bad faith”.

Celebrity Cases

One of the most famous cases of a celebrity winning a bad faith case was in 2000 when the singer Madonna successfully sued Dan Parisi to gain the rights to Madona.com. The singer won due to The World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) ruling that the name was purchased for the purpose of capitalizing on Madonna’s fame and gaining web traffic. Because Madonna is a famous trademark, she was well protected against domain squatting.

But even celebrities don’t always win domain/cybersquatting cases. Such was the famous case involving Bruce Springsteen in 2001. The WIPO ruled that a domain squatter had legitimate interests in the website BruceSpringSteen.com after the cybersquatter argued points like the site being a fan site and that Springsteen’s name had no trademark protections.

Steps to protect yourself

The takeaway from the Madonna and Springsteen cases is that despite ICANN trying to create protections against domain squatting, it still happens decades after the above cases, so Internet users and business owners need to protect themselves.

Here’s a few suggestions that can help you protect your business against domain squatters or cybersquatters.

  1. Purchase domains in advance: If you are strongly considering starting a business, a new website, product line etc.. you should ABSOLUTELY purchase a domain name for your business and similar domain names for good measure. Domain squatters like to monitor for new businesses being registered so they can claim the domain and potentially auction it.
  2. Purchase a domain for as long as possible: Domains can be purchased for a maximum of 10 years at a time. Consider purchasing a domain for the max period of time so you don’t have to worry about expiration for a while.

As a tip: Sometimes you may be told that registering a domain for a longer period of time can increase legitimacy in the eyes of search engines leading to better SEO. There is no evidence of this. Your efforts should be focused on creating great content for SEO while having a domain for a longer period of time gives you peace of mind that the domain will remain yours.

  • Don’t be picky about the domain name: Just because you don’t get the perfect domain name doesn’t mean your business is dead. Be creative with your domain name so you don’t have to pay crazy prices.
  • Remember to renew or auto renew your domain: Domains must be renewed annually, and domain squatters will sometimes take over a domain if the first owner forgets to renew. Be vigilant about renewing domains or set up to auto renew if the option is available.
  • Consider all top-level domains (TLD): the TLD is the part of a domain after the dot. Like (.com). While .com is the strongest TLD right now consider others like .net or the emerging .io.
  • Know your rights: ICAAN’s UDRP outlines what they consider to be domain squatting and how to file a case if litigation hasn’t resolved the issue. A link to their website will be included at the bottom of this post.

When does domain squatting become malicious? When there is an attempt to harm or confuse

Domain squatting can go beyond simply holding a website in hopes to extort owners or auction it off. Much of the time domains are purchased because they look similar to legitimate, high traffic sites. This is often referred to as typosquatting. For example, let’s use buzzfeed.com. A squatter might purchase the rights to officalbuzzfeed.com or another similarly named domain to hijack web traffic and confuse everyday users of the legitimate site. From here, those domains could be ad pages for generating revenue or spread malware or phishing campaigns.

The ACPA and How to Protect Your Business

The Anti-Cyber Consumer Protection Act (ACPA) is a US law passed in 1999 designed to protect personal names and brands from cybersquatters or domain squatters from profiting from a famous or trademarked name. The goal was to create a path of litigation if a business or brand feels their name is either being extorted or misused for the cybersquatter’s financial gain.

The ACPA is different than the UDRP because the ACPA is a path for litigation to award damages from the squatters. Unlike the UDRP, these cases aren’t just for winning a domain name transfer, but also for awarding monetary damages.

When bringing a case under the ACPA, the court mainly looks for these factors:

  1. Intellectual property trademarks or other documented rights to a name
  2. Prior use of a domain for offering a good or service
  3. If a name is part of trademark fair use
  4. The intent to divert web traffic from the legitimate name or brand
  5. Any offers to sell and transfer the domain for profit without having any other use for the domain
  6. the accuracy of the owner’s contact information when registering the domain in question.
  7. A history of purchasing confusing or misleading domain names by the domain name in question’s owner.
  8. How famous or distinctive the name in the domain is and if it seems like it was meant to confuse.

ACPA: https://www.govinfo.gov/content/pkg/CRPT-106srpt140/html/CRPT-106srpt140.htm

After assessing the above, a court can award monetary damages and even domain name transfers. But domain name lawsuits don’t always end with the transfer of a domain name to the rightful owner. After trying the litigation process the party trying to acquire a domain can turn to ICAAN and the UDRP to argue for the transfer of a domain.

What is the UDRP and ICAAN?

In the early days of domains, domain squatting was a totally legal but emerging issue. But this changed April 30th, 1999 when The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICAAN) published the Uniform Domain-Name Dispute-Resolution Policy.

ICAAN is a nonprofit that is dedicated to keeping the Internet secure and competitive. They developed the Domain Name System (DNS) as a way for humans to be able to find Internet web pages.

What is DNS?

DNS refers to how we  humans read URLs or domains as words like www.zebrahost.com instead of as a series of numbers assigned to a computer (IP). This DNS system serves two purposes:

(a) it makes domains more human friendly because people remember words better than numbers.      

(b) domains are no longer exclusively assigned to a unique computer IP and can be transferred between hardware.

Naturally, as competition for unique word-based domains formed, certain domain names became more valuable. This created a valuable market opportunity to either buy domain names in advance as investments or to purchase similar names to popular websites in hopes to divert web traffic. This prompted the creation of the UDRP to address this issue.

ICAAN as a body enforces its UDRP because it forms deals with domain registrars. Registrars are the companies that own all the TLDs. ICAAN assigns accreditations to each of the registrars and ensures a fair environment for the domain market. All registrars must follow UDRP.

The UDRP outlines what happens when domains are abused by squatting or bad faith. In bad faith cases the UDRP first looks for arbitration. If the case cannot be settled in court ICAAN can step in and potentially transfer, cancel or suspend a domain.

You can read more about the UDRP and how to protect yourself from domain squatting here.

UDRP: https://www.icann.org/resources/pages/help/dndr/udrp-en

Final Thoughts

Domain squatting or cybersquatting is still an issue two decades after the passing of the ACPA and ICAAN’s UDRP. The unfortunate truth about domain squatting is that its hard to eliminate because there is a very fine line between investing in domains and being a domain squatter / cybersquatter. 

Many choose to invest in domain names for brand protection, future use or as an investment to sell later. The important takeaway is that these are all legitimate uses as long as they aren’t extortionary. The easiest way to protect yourself is to be proactive about your domain registration and renewal. Making sure you have a domain name ready for when you launch your business online can save you the headache of having to purchase from domain squatters. And purchasing extra similar names can make it harder for domain squatters or cybersquatters to capitalize off your brand and hopefully save you from an infuriating law

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