No-IP Hosts First Hackathon – Snotty Ron’s Bakeoff

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After months of planning, we hosted our first ever company-wide Hackathon. The Hackathon named, Snotty Ron’s Bakeoff, was a way for everyone on the No-IP team to step away from their day-to-day responsibilities and get creative. Everyone across the company was encouraged to come up with ideas for a project they would like to work on. Teams were then formed and ideas were brought to life. At the beginning of the month, we kicked off Snotty Ron’s Bakeoff and teams frantically went to work.

Projects ranged from super technical, dev heavy projects, to remodeling a breakout office into a themed office to help cater to how different people work.

For 3 days straight, the teams worked together to turn their ideas into a demo-able product. The teams consisted of people from many different roles across the company; from product managers to analysts to creatives and devs, all of the teams worked together to create a cool project.

On the last day, we held the Snotty Ron’s Bakeoff Award Ceremony. Winners of the first Annual Quarterly Hackathon were awarded a coveted Snotty Ron bobble head.

This event was a huge success and we can’t wait to do it again next quarter. Not sure who Snotty Ron is? Take a moment to meet him.

Anycast Networks: What Are They and Why Do They Even Matter?

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We talk about our Anycast network a lot. With over 100 points of presence in globally redundant locations, what’s not to be proud of?

What is an Anycast network and why does it even matter?

Before we get into Anycast, let’s talk about a routing scheme called Unicast. Unicast is how most DNS networks work. An easy way to think of Unicast networks is one-to-one. Unicast is taking an IP address and assigning it to one unique nameserver. If you have the following nameservers: ns1, ns2, ns3, each one of those nameservers will be responsible for answering certain queries. If ns2 goes down due to power outage or severe weather, the server will move on to the next available unicast server. If the second server goes down due to being overloaded, your domain will be fully inaccessible.

So, what is Anycast?

If Unicast is one-to-one, Anycast is one-to-many. Anycast is taking the same IP address and assigning it to multiple locations across the network. In the same scenario as above, your website isn’t just hosted at one location (or on one nameserver), it is hosted on multiple name servers, in multiple locations. So, if one server in the Anycast cluster goes down, your website won’t go down with it. The queries will just be answered by the next server instead. It is used to help distribute traffic and query load across the entire network, so one point isn’t always doing all of the work. This helps keep the network fast and reliable. Anycast also helps to ensure that someone visiting your website from Tokyo, Japan, queries the server that is closest to their location. This helps to ensure that the website loads quickly.

Anycast helps ensure that the network is flexible and reliable. It helps the traffic find the quickest path. If one of our points of presence is having problems and we take it offline, that traffic will be routed to our next point of presence on the network that is nearby.

Outsourcing your Managed DNS for your domains to a reliable and trusted Managed DNS provider with a robust Anycast network is essential for small and large businesses.

If you depend on your website for customer leads and e-commerce, not thinking strategically about your Managed DNS network will do more harm than good. Ready to learn more or get started, add Plus Managed DNS to your domain now.

 

Reno Tech Company Continues to Grow as They Announce 3 New Hires

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Reno, Nevada, June 7, 2017 — No-IP announced another round of new hires as the team continues to grow. The new hires include a Customer Success Manager, Bi-Lingual Support Technician, and a Front-End Developer.

Chelsea Santos joins the Customer Success team as a Customer Success Manager. She joins us with a background in customer service management in industries ranging from the airlines to health care. She understands the customer service industry and what it takes to lead a strong and highly productive team. While not busy working with teams, Chelsea enjoys the outdoors including tearing up the mountains skiing.

Our Development team has welcomed Lars Ames to join the team as a Front-End Developer. Originally from the east coast, he headed west to teach skiing and put his Fine Arts degree to use. Creative and organized with a teaching spirit, now with 15 years of experience, Lars joins our team. Lars has a passion for grilling and smoking meats. “The patience and time it takes to cook a 16 lb turkey is a strangely satisfying way to pass the time on a weekend,” stated Lars.

Lastly, we have hired Jesus Flores-Padilla. He joins the No-IP family as a bilingual (Spanish) Customer Support Technician. Born and raised in Reno, Jesus graduated from UNR with a B.S in Computer Science and Engineering. In his free time, Jesus likes to play softball, baseball, practice game development, and participate in the local competitive fighting game community.

“I am proud of our continued investment in the job industry and community in Reno. It’s exciting to hire new talent to keep growing our company. We said this year would be our year for growth and we are already making good progress towards that goal.” Dan Durrer, CEO and Owner of No-IP said.

Are you interested in a career at No-IP? Check out a list of currently available job openings in our Reno office.

About No-IP

Since its founding 17 years ago, No-IP has grown to more than 25 million customers and is the preferred choice for dynamic DNS. No-IP provides powerful, useful, and reliable services to home users, small businesses and members of the Fortune 500. From Dynamic DNS to Managed DNS and other integral domain products, No-IP delivers trusted products that help people stay connected to their devices and ensures that the domain and related services are fast, safe and always available.

Contact
Natalie Goguen
Marketing Manager
425 Maestro Drive
Second Floor
Reno, NV 89511

Office: (775)360-2263
ngoguen@noip.com

What Developers Say vs. What They Actually Mean

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Check out our latest collection of memes and be sure to share them with your favorite developers and teams :)

What is Typo-Squatting and How Can You Avoid It?

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Ever type a web address into the address bar thinking you are going to be directed to Youtube, Twitter, Facebook, etc. and end up at a page that looks strikingly similar, but the page is asking you to participate in a survey to win something?

Those sites are not hosted by Facebook, Youtube, or Twitter. If you look at the address bar, chances are high that you entered a typo in the URL. (especially if you have already been redirected to a different URL) See the screenshot below:

What exactly is Typo-squatting?
Typo-squatting is when a person registers a domain that is very similar to a popular website’s domain.  They then use this “copycat” site to steal information like email addresses, data, send malware to your computer, etc. What can you do to avoid getting fooled by a typo?

1. Double check the URL. CitizenHawk Inc., a digital brand management company, claims that up to 20% of all hand-typed URLs are misspelled. If you end up at a site that is asking you to give out some personal information to win something, now is the time to be a skeptic. Chances are highly likely that you are NOT on the website that you intended to visit.

2. Heavily Guard Your Personal Info. Is the website asking you to fill in personal information? Unless you are on a website that you totally trust, don’t do it. It is scary how easy it is for thieves to get our private information and even scarier to think what they can do with it so easily!

Many companies like Facebook, Paypal, and Verizon have become avid fighters of typo-squatters, opening hefty lawsuits against the owners of the domains, but these lawsuits are a long, costly, and arduous process that can easily end in a loss. So what can you do?

Protect Your Domain Name. To hopefully save yourself from a typo-squatter on your own companies domain name, it is unrealistic to say that you should register every possible misspelling of your domain, but you should definitely buy a few.  Adding an S is a fairly common typo, as is forgetting the dot (example: wwwfacebook.com) Register the few that you can afford and redirect those domains to your real site.

So, next time you type a URL and land on a page that says, Take a Survey, Win an IPad! Please DO NOT think “SWEET!” You will soon realize that your email is now receiving a large amount of spam and telemarketers are calling your phone number like it’s nobodies business.

The lesson here is that if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is.

Have you ever fallen victim to a typo-squatted domain?