IPv6 Implementation Roll-out in the Works

In the past few decades, the online world has grown in an astounding pace.  The current Internet addressing system, Internet Protocol Version 4 (IPv4), which uses 32-bit (four-byte) addresses and supports approximately 4 billion unique IP addresses, is running out of space. As of January 4th there was less than 3% of address space available.   To continue providing support to an increasing number of connections, a new Internet addressing system, Internet Protocol Version 6 (IPv6), is being rolled out to networks worldwide.

As a leader in Managed DNS, No-IP is making great strides to ensure our v6 users are well-supported during this transition.  We have already implemented the IPv6 technology on one of our anycast name server clouds with plans to roll-out additional IPv6 support capabilities on all networks throughout 2011.   Our team is dedicated to being at the forefront of this industry-wide transition, and strive to support our users with 100% uptime throughout the use of IPv6 and into future versions of internet protocol.

Privacy Concerns? Six Tips for Conducting Safer Online Activity

You wouldn’t leave your bank or credit card statements out on the table, so why should your confidential online activity be any different?   Deleting your browser cookies is always a best practice, but even that will only get you so far.

Here are some quick and easy tips to help safeguard your privacy when surfing online:

  1. Use unique passwords for all of your online accounts.   This sounds simple enough, but given the increasing number of accounts we sign up for online, it can be tough advice to follow (especially if you’ve got over 50 passwords to remember).  Quick tip: keep a password protected Excel file of all your account passwords, so you really only have to remember 1 password to access all of your online accounts.
  2. Install a reputable browser addon to alert you of potential privacy threats.  It’s easy to miss the fine print when browsing online, and add-ons such as BetterPrivacy (via Firefox) can help alert you to any possible dangers you may have overlooked.
  3. Be sure to read through the privacy agreements on all websites, opting out where necessary.  Social media and other free online networking sites are notorious for collecting and distributing your personal information to third parties.  Before signing up for a new account, be sure to read through the privacy agreement and “opt-out” of any permissions or requests to use your information for marketing purposes.
  4. Beware of social gaming applications and other freeware services.  Facebook apps such as Farmville, Jungle Jewels, etc. have taken a hit recently due to user complaints regarding privacy.  Before you sign up to play, be sure to read the reviews and fine print.
  5. Be careful what information you choose to share with who.  This goes without saying, but it’s easy to forget how many “friends” we’ve added to our social networks that aren’t necessarily our friends.  Before you list your address out for a birthday party or tell people you’ll be out of town for awhile with an unattended house, double check who’s on the receiving end of that message and tailor it appropriately.
  6. Look for SSL certificates on websites (especially e-commerce sites).  When making a purchase online or sharing confidential information such as SSN #s, DOBs, etc. make sure the website has a Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) certificate.  This ensures the information you share with the site is secure and will not be compromised.

With these few tips put to practice, you’ll be well on your way to a safer, more spam-free and secure online experience.

2000-2010: How Web Technology Changed the Way We Work

2000-2010 brought about some rapid advances in enterprise technology.  From cloud computing to SaaS, small and large businesses alike became equipped with cheaper, more efficient programs to conduct their operations.  Improvements in web technology and the increased availability of information leveled the playing field for start-ups, entrepreneurs and virtual companies to compete with the “big guys” as an era of “collaboration” and “wikis” took the world by storm.   Employees and business owners chose to work smarter rather than harder as competition in the service industry skyrocketed.  And as Thomas Friedman predicted so eloquently, the world got flatter, and in this new world we developed new markets that spanned both coast and country lines.  The ability of businesses to evolve on pace with technology quickly determined their success or demise, as departments that once had no tangent with IT found themselves reliant on it for daily operations.

It’s been an exciting decade of advancement and accomplishment in the ever-expanding field of web technology– a field that lies at the core of many businesses operating in many industries.  No-IP  is proud to be equipped with the latest systems and infrastructure to power these companies, and we look forward to what the next 10 years has in store for us.

Getting Started with No-IP

2010: A Year of Expansion, Moves and Milestones.

2010 has brought some exciting changes for us at No-IP.   In case you missed out on the big news, here’s a quick rundown of our top headlines from 2010:

We moved!  Earlier this year, we moved into a new office space in downtown Reno.  In addition to giving us more space to serve our clients, we’re situated in a more central location and only a few miles from Reno-Tahoe International Airport.

We reached 10 million users.  That’s right!  This Fall, we reached the 10  million milestones.  And to say thank you to all of our customers- both new and old- for their continued support over the years, we offered substantial savings off our Plus and Enhanced packages.

We expanded our network.  For many people, their website, FTP, or email service is the lifeblood of their day-to-day operations.  But without multiple server locations, these services can easily be disrupted.  With 10 unique server locations situated across the globe, we’re making sure your services are running as you intend when you intend them to.  And as a result, we’re proud to say that we’ve maintained a 100% DNS uptime during our 11-year history.

We’re looking forward to more exciting changes in the year to come, and hope you’ll be along to join us for the ride :)