10 Reasons to Upgrade Your No-IP Free Dynamic DNS Account [TIPS]

Still a free user of No-IP? 10 Reasons why you should upgrade today:

5 Reasons to Upgrade to Enhanced DNS
1. No more worries about hostnames expiring or confirming your account every
30 days.
2. More hosts! Enjoy up to 25 hosts
3. More domain choices
4. Awesome Phone Support
5. No advertising on URL redirects/port 80 redirects

5 Reasons to Upgrade to Plus Managed DNS
1. DNS management for your very own domain (www.yourname.com)
2. Up to 50 hosts / subdomains
3. Complete control over your domain (who doesn’t love having control?)
4. Ultra-fast DNS propagation: No more waiting 24-72 hours for simple DNS updates and changes, with No-IP Plus, updates are propagated worldwide in under 1 minute!
5. Trusted Anycast Network: We have multiple nameservers anycasted across the globe, which means your website will enjoy 100% uptime.

Are you already an upgraded user? Why did you upgrade?

11 Points of Presence Across the Globe [GIVEAWAY RESULTS]

Yes! You heard us correctly! We have 11 points of presence across the globe. Not only does this make our network ultra reliable, but it also makes it fast! Anycast DNS, which is available when you upgrade to a Plus Managed DNS account, ensures that your website visitors visit your site at the fastest speed possible.  They will connect to to the server that is closest to them. So, if you located in Los Angeles, but your user is located in Japan, they will connect to the server in Toyko, not the server in Los Angeles. Our 11 points of presence make connections a lot faster and it also helps for redundancy! If the power gets knocked out where you are, your website will still be available. (If you have multiple NS records enabled)

The winners of our giveaway are:
Gavin Fregona
Andrey Z
Carey McLauchlin
Barry Belford
Ian Thompson

If you are one of the above people, please email ngoguen-giveaway(at)no-ip(dot)com

CONGRATS!!

Stay tuned for more giveaways!

SOPA & PIPA Outshined by a New, More Invasive Bill: CISPA

It feels like just a few weeks ago that the Internet rallied together against the SOPA and PIPA bills that were being debated in Congress. Those bills pale in comparison to the new bill that is making its way through the rounds, H.R. 3523 or CISPA (Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act). The new bill has failed to gain mainstream attention, but I don’t see that lasting very much longer.

What makes CISPA so much worse than SOPA and PIPA? Well, for starters, the vagueness of the bill is the scary part. The words in the bill are so very broad that it could make a 78-year-old grandma that isn’t even a user of the Internet shiver with fear.

The bill would encourage private companies to monitor cyber threat information that goes across their networks and then share that information with the government. The requirements for the government to request the information are very broad and that is the main issue with the bill.

The opening line of the bill, which can be read here, displays the vagueness and broad reach:

“To provide for the sharing of certain cyber threat intelligence and cyber threat information between the intelligence community and cybersecurity entities, and for other purposes.”

The “and for other purposes” really raises concerns. What are the other purposes?

This bill could mean that everything you type into your web browser would be monitored and sent off to the government. We are not against going after cyber threats, but the scope of this bill is so broad that it oversteps the freedom of the innocent.

What will the consequences of this bill? Companies acting as “big brother” may over monitor our online activity, making criminals out of all of us. What effect would this bill have on the Internet experience? Leave your comments below.

Check out Part 2 of this article here.

Routine Maintenance Outage

Maintenance outages happen, even when you think you have all of your ducks in a row, they still can happen. A 20 minute routine software update can quickly turn into a few hours of maintenance outagehell.

Last night, we upgraded to a new major software version on our network.  The process was supposed to update each of the switches on our network automatically, but for some reason it only updated 2 of them, leaving the others in a weird state.

During the outage, DNS requests were being resolved at our external sites and mail was spooled at our secondary location, so no information was lost.

At 4am,  the network stabilized and service was restored.

We apologize for the inconvenience, and thank you for being users of No-IP.

[UPDATE] Now Serving Over 13 Million No-IP Users Across the Globe!

It seems like just yesterday that we announced 12 million No-IP users and here we are again, already at 13 MILLION! Thank you to everyone for your continued support and for choosing No-IP. We wouldn’t be where we are today if it wasn’t for our loyal users.

In honor of our 13 million milestones, we are offering 13% off of all new services AND renewals until April 7th, 2012! The coupon code is 13MILLION.

Enjoy and thanks again!