Chris Niemi

Manager, Domain Services

The adaptable TLD industry: 2020 at the halfway point

In 2020, the terms ‘COVID-19’ and ‘coronavirus’ have become important parts of our day-to-day vocabulary. Like in many other industries, the domain industry has seen effects from the COVID-19 pandemic. In our Q2 2020: New gTLD Quarterly Report, the domain experts behind MarkMonitor™ share recent findings and analysis of said trends. Please complete the form […]

Understanding Today’s Trends: Domains and Cybersecurity

The domain landscape is ever-changing. Consider how far it’s come since the 1980s when the first domain names were registered. These were of the .net and .com variety. Fast-forward 25 years, and businesses are registering innovative .Brand extensions for reasons that range from marketing promotions to protective online protection of IP. The industry has been […]

With Q1 in the books, the only constant in the domain industry is change

As the first quarter of 2020 ended, the number of new generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) domain registrations reached approximately 33.2 million. We expect to see additional growth through 2020 as TLDs such as .GAY will complete their launches before the end of the year. Meetings and conferences in the domain industry in 2020 are […]

2019: a year of innovation for New gTLDs

It has been a year of change for the domain industry, with products and services within the New generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) space continuing to expand in both breadth and complexity. We have seen developments in the launches of TLDs (such as .SPORT in January and .NEW in October), new blocking products including AdultBlock […]

Two decades of insight: Domain strategy and you in 2019

As we approach twenty years of experience as a brand protection and corporate registrar business, I am excited to say that MarkMonitor remains a trusted strategic partner to our many Fortune 1000 clients. By combining proprietary data and analysis with unmatched industry expertise, MarkMonitor delivers solutions that enable our clients to make meaningful decisions to […]

Security highlights Summit 2019 keynote

A key takeaway from the annual MarkMonitor Summit: Look for security compromise — and expect it.  Noted security blogger and investigative journalist Brian Krebs joined MarkMonitor as keynote speaker to break down the latest in online schemes and scams. He quantified damages to brand owners and consumers, as well as the evolution of threats over time, […]

Registering #Hashtags in the Domain Space

The internet is known for viral storms of popular content that often fade just as quickly as they rise. #Hashtags are a simple solution for tagging branded content and consumer feedback in an accessible way. However, the simplicity of the medium makes hashtags inherently unstable. While this tagging system easily identifies content for users to […]

Selling High Profile Domains

Is it easy to sell a high value premium domain? The simple answer is ‘yes.’ Is it easy to sell a high value premium domain for its maximum value? This question is much more complicated, and the majority of the time the answer is ‘no.’ When selling a high value premium domain, there are two […]

Moving to a .LAW Domain: Insights into the Domain Name Change Process

MarkMonitor continually seeks to provide its corporate clients relevant and timely services that can help them manage their domain name portfolios. An important example of this is facilitating the submission of domain disputes, for which we have collaborated with The GigaLaw Firm (hereafter, GigaLaw) for the past decade. GigaLaw founder Doug Isenberg recently announced an […]

Phishers Specialize in Using Loopholes: IDN Homographic Attacks

In March of this year brand owners operating an ecommerce presence on the Internet became generally aware of a buggy issue in how Internationalized Domain Names (IDNs) are displayed in the address bar of a browser. Dependent upon the domain name, and language used, a user could incorrectly believe they were at a legitimate site. […]