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  • Why It’s Important To Keep Domain Name Contact Information Up to Date

    One of the key reasons for a registrant to keep their domain name contact information, also known as WHOIS data, up-to-date is so their registrar can contact them. The other is so the registrant can receive notifications of changes to the contact information, so they can be verified, particularly if malicious actors have tried to take control of your domain.

    The advice is in the first of a series of articles published by ICANN on their blogon what you need to know if you have a domain name.

    On why contact information needs to be kept up-to-date, Trang Nguyen, Vice President of GDD Strategic Programs writes:
    When your domain name registration is about to expire, the registrar is required to notify you. This is typically done via email. If your registrar is unable to reach you because your contact information is not up to date and your domain name registration expires, it may take considerable time and expenses to recover, or it may not be recoverable at all.

    Another important reason to keep your contact information up to date is to ensure that you receive notifications from your registrar when changes are made to your domain name registration. These notifications are for your protection, so that you can verify and confirm the validity of the changes made, or take appropriate measures in the case of unauthorized changes. Bad actors can use malicious means to gain access to your account and make changes to the information associated with your domain name registration to lock you out of your account and hijack your domain name. It is important to keep your domain name registration contact information up to date to protect yourself or your business.

    If the information given by registrants is wrong on purpose, or registrant information is not updated promptly if there is a change, “your registrar can suspend or even cancel your domain name registration. This could also happen if you don’t respond to inquiries by your registrar if they contact you about the accuracy of your contact information.”

    If any of your contact information (email, postal address, phone number, etc.) changes, contact your registrar to update your information. The annual reminder email that you receive from your registrar is a requirement under the ICANN WHOIS Data Reminder Policy (WDRP), but do not wait for this reminder. If there’s a change, it’s important that you update your contact information as soon as possible to prevent disruption or loss of your domain name registration. ICANN cannot update your contact information for you; you must contact your registrar to do so.

    Due to the prevalence of security concerns such as phishing attacks, if you have any doubt or questions about the legitimacy of emails about your WHOIS data, you can always contact your registrar directly. If you believe you haven’t been receiving reminder emails from your registrar, you can contact ICANN at compliance@icann.org.


  • How to Use Your Computer’s Hosts File to Block Tons of Malware, Porn, and Other Types of Websites

    How to Use Your Computer’s Hosts File to Block Tons of Malware, Porn, and Other Types of Websites

    Whether you’ve given a computer to your child or just want to keep things clean on your own machine, blocking sites that serve malware, porn, social networking, and gambling en masse is useful. And while there’s lots of third party software out there for the job, the hosts file is a built-in option for every major operating system.

    The hosts file is a simple text document checked by your computer every time you connect to a domain name, meaning you can use it to redirect requests to sites you’d rather your computer not be able to access. We’ve shown you how to edit your hosts file on Windows, macOS, or Linux; here’s how to use that power to block entire categories of websites on any machine using a beautifully curated list found on Github.

     

    How to Block a Single Website

    Let’s say you want to block an individual site, like Facebook. Doing this is relatively straightforward. First, open your hosts file, then add this single line to the end of the document:

    0.0.0.0 www.facebook.com

    Save the document, and you will no longer be able to access Facebook in any browser. (If you can, try clearing your DNS cache or restarting your computer.)

    So why does this work? The text we added, 0.0.0.0 www.facebook.com, is two things: an IP address followed by a URL. By adding these two things in order, we’re telling the computer to route all requests for facebook.com to the IP address 0.0.0.0, which is not a routable address. The result: the site fails to load.

    That’s the basic principle. Now let’s soup this approach up and block everything.

    Everything.

    Block Malware, Porn, and Gambling Sites En Masse

    If you want to block entire categories of websites—malware, say, or porn—you’ve first got to track down every single URL associated with those activities. Happily, the unified hosts file repo on Github has done this work for you. A curated list combining the efforts of many other communities, this page offers hosts files for blocking several combinations of categories.

    All of the files block adware and malware, but many block other things such as porn, gambling, fake news, and even social networks. Find the combination of things you’d like to block, then click the link to the raw hosts file.

    Select all the text, copy it, then paste it in your hosts file. Your computer will now block all of these things.

    That’s right: no more porn. No gambling either. Guess you’ll just have to do some work.

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  • Why Is the Dialogue So Quiet on My HDTV?

    Why Is the Dialogue So Quiet on My HDTV

    We’ve all been there: the characters on screen are talking and it’s way too quiet so you crank up the volume only to be blasted by a loud explosion two seconds later. Why is the dialogue so quiet and what can you do to fix it? Read on as we show you how to tame wild swings in TV audio output.

    Why Is There Such Variation In Volume?

    It’s a situation nearly everyone can relate to. You’re sitting there watching TV and suddenly the characters are talking in hushed tones about something important. You can’t hear what they’re saying very clearly so you turn the volume up until you can. Everything is perfect and you can hear their conversation clearly and then BOOM—a car crash, explosion, or sudden shift in action blows your eardrums out as the volume level skyrockets relative to the quiet conversation to which you were just listening.

    Why does it seem like so many TV shows and movies—especially action films—swing so wildly in volume levels? Unfortunately, it’s unlikely you can narrow down a common source of variable volume in different content to a single issue. Many can combine to create an annoying TV viewing experience. Let’s first take a look at of the issues that can cause this volume variability before we jump into what you can do about it.

     

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  • How to Run Android on Your Computer

    How to Run Android on Your Computer

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    Android isn’t largely thought of as a desktop operating system, but if you’re curious about how Google’s mobile OS works, running it on a device you already have isn’t a bad idea. This will give you an idea of what to expect on a phone or tablet, all without making a single change to your laptop or desktop since you can easily do this from a flash drive or memory card.

    Step One: Prep Your Drive (or Card) and Install Android

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