The All New gTLDs
If you're reading this, then you're one of the 2 billion plus people who use the Internet. That number is growing daily and as a result, the Internet must change to accommodate it.
A significant change that is about to hit the Internet in the not-too-distant future is thenew gtlds and users launch of ICANN's new gTLD (generic top level domain) program. ICANN stands for Internet Committee for Assigned Names and Numbers. It is the organization that essentially controls how domains are used. This program will allow organizations all over the world, such as businesses, social groups, and cities, to apply for their own unique top level domain.
Proponents expect this to have a very positive impact on the Internet overall. For starters, as an Internet user you'll have far more choices of TLDs should you decide to register a domain name for business or personal use. You'll also have a better chance of obtaining a short, memorable domain name – which is next to impossible with .com these days! You may also be able to select a TLD that instantly gives people information about your site. For example, if you're an attorney practicing under your own name, JohnDoe.law would be much more descriptive than JohnDoe.com or JohnDoe.biz.
Another great benefit of the new gTLDs will be greater security for Internet users. For example, TLDs like .bank will be more secure because they will have to adhere to certain requirements. When you go to enter personal information on those sites, you can rest assured that it's safe. With websites that contain brand TLDs (e.g. .nike or .canon), you'll know that the site is authentic and that any information you enter (e.g. for a purchase) is secure.
The introduction of hundreds of new gTLDs could also cause some confusion and concerns for Internet users. Opponents are worried that new gTLDs will provide new opportunities for criminals and fraud. While the majority of gTLDs will be used for positive things like branding, marketing, increasing global visibility, and creating a more secure online environment for consumers, there is always the possibility that a few will be used for harmful things like phishing, pharming, spreading viruses, or distributing damaging or deceitful information.
As an Internet user, there are several things you can do to protect yourself from these potential problems. For starters, it's important that you keep yourself informed. One of the best ways to do this is to monitor ICANN's website (ICANN.org). ICANN will list all the new gTLDs once they are approved along with the applicant information. Updates are also posted on the site periodically. Watch for articles and news stories from other sources as well.
As an Internet user, it is always important to follow basic safe browsing practices every time you are online. Following are some tips to keep you safe:
By following these tips, as well as keeping yourself aware and informed, you should be able to enjoy all the benefits that will come with the new gTLDs.
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