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    How Internet policy changes affect you


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    What do you think about VeriSign’s recent actions? Do you think the company was out of line? Share your comments about changing established Internet practices, as discussed in the Oct. 6 Internet Security Focus e-newsletter.

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    • #3387948

      Privatization Strikes Again

      by toomtabard ·

      In reply to How Internet policy changes affect you

      Selling off government/public resources to private companies has repeatedly proved inadvisable. This sort of cozy deal flies in the face of the public trust and should not be entered into.

    • #3387944

      No more business with Verisign

      by ted15 ·

      In reply to How Internet policy changes affect you

      I had already moved all our domain names from Verisign to, because the prices are much lower and the service is better. I was just about to get a digital certificate and was wondering which company to use.
      Now I know which company I WON’T use! (I guess I’ll go to Thawte – or however you spell it).

      • #3387917

        Goes how I feel?

        by kent@grokit ·

        In reply to No more business with Verisign

        I just moved from one bad idea to another. I was just relocating all of my domains from to Thanks for the input on another SSL vendor.

      • #3387903

        Thawte = Verisign

        by mprentice ·

        In reply to No more business with Verisign

        Before you jump to Thawte look closely. December 1999 Verisign acquired Thawte. Read the copyright details on

    • #3387938

      Look before you leap?

      by cpark ·

      In reply to How Internet policy changes affect you

      Looks to me like another case of someone with insufficient knowledge of the consequences of their actions. I’m sure whatever department implemented this new service considered it a minor thing, and well within the scope of the rights of their own business – and didn’t bother to check with the more technical departments that really understand DNS and the issues surrounding it.

      If this was the case, I think it would be unfair to blame the company as a whole, except insofar as a company with that much responsibility can’t just let any old internal team have access to make most major changes.

      If this was not the case, and they implemented this service with full knowledge of the consequences… that’s a lot more malicious, and God help the Internet if they keep doing stuff like that.

      There should be some sort of standard practice for approving who gets what access to these central, vital, services. I mean, if someone bungled things up too badly and crippled or turned off .net/.com dns redirection for even a relatively small part of the country, imagine the economic impact on business that rely on the internet for their business.

      • #3365949

        You’re thinking too small

        by hal 9000 ·

        In reply to Look before you leap?

        Imange what would happen to business if the same thing happened to just one small part of the entire world. As most of thsi is sent by satalite if only one satalite was taken off line for only a day imange how much damage would be done and over how large an area?

    • #3387927


      by shortstock ·

      In reply to How Internet policy changes affect you

      I can’t believe you followed up this article with the article “MERRILL LYNCH BEEFS UP SECURITY” with Verisign. Merrill Lynch better sew up their pockets.

    • #3387926

      Actions typical of Verisign…and others

      by stretchr ·

      In reply to How Internet policy changes affect you

      As disturbing as Verisign’s actions are, they seem typical of the thinking behind some of the larger companies entrusted with “managing” the Internet. The entire system has been sullied and there is no longer any fairness in the practices being employed. The diverting of non-existing domains is just another example. Personally, I resent that these companies feel free to do as they like when the majority of their advantage lies in the fact that they have been given a position and resources the rest of us don’t have. It began with holding potentially popular domain names for auction or increased sales revenues and has progressed from there. It’s critical that ICAAN monitor and address these issues and not allow the Internet community to be taken advantage of. It’s unfortunate that they cannot impose financial penalties for such breaches of trust but perhaps they should take Verisign’s authority over .com and .net TLDs away from them as a punitive measure!

    • #3387916

      No 404’s – broke my systems…

      by dforbu ·

      In reply to How Internet policy changes affect you

      All my applications that connect to http servers on the inet started incorrectly returning ‘Ok’ (200) response codes instead of 404…. Makes it kinda hard to tell the differnce, now I gotta download the actual HTML, look for stupid verisign references…. pain in the .. uh, elbow…

    • #3387895

      Public Trust

      by mlanphea ·

      In reply to How Internet policy changes affect you

      Verisign has failed the public’s trust. The special privileges granted them should be removed and given to someone who will honor that trust.

    • #3387835

      Why not?

      by milesboz ·

      In reply to How Internet policy changes affect you

      With the standard of truth and leadership being shown by the US government, why shouldn’t large corporations resort to less than ethical practices.

    • #3365941

      One companies attempt to own as much

      by hal 9000 ·

      In reply to How Internet policy changes affect you

      Of the unonable as possible. Nothing more, but it does make it harder for the rest of us to work around this position that VeriSign has taken.
      However while it may be something new to the internet it has been standard pratice in the rest of the business world for soo long that I can’t remember when it started so I suspose that it is only a natural progression for this to happen and I’m betting that this won’t be the last we see of it either.
      So we had better start getting ready for the problems that are going to arise rather than wait for them to occure and then rush around like chooks with their heads cut off trying to find a cure. Just be thankful that it is at the moment still only a realitively small problem it could get a lot worse particuarly if 4 – 5 different organisations got in on the act we would be looking for God only knows what and spending all our time trying to stop any problems arising. Thankfully there isne source of the problem at the moment, just imange how much worse it could get if there where more parties involved!

    • #3378153

      Shameful; Arrogant

      by gparsons ·

      In reply to How Internet policy changes affect you

      I have been pulling and will continue to pull all my domain name registrations from Network Solutions and will continue to advise against their overpriced, over-valued SSL certificates.

      If anyone else had good sense to see that there are other valid choices in the market, they would do the same.

      The CEOs of Verisign should be forced to forfeit their pay, effective the date of the decision to launch this ‘service’ and should be promptly fired!

      If they are not fired, those of you who own stock in Veri$ign should promptly dump it!

    • #3378029

      Another poin of view

      by brabard ·

      In reply to How Internet policy changes affect you

      This VerySign’s action hase one more point of view – that of my clients .
      What about their bills , as they pay for Internet traffic that they don’t want ?
      What about the increase of unneeded traffic globally ?

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      by ziom_1002 ·

      In reply to How Internet policy changes affect you

      please send me the feedback for this topic
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