GDPR and it Effects

GDPR is almost here and here is a quick note about how it might affect our domain name management tools.

The effects of GDPR will depend on what you have been using the software for. There shouldn’t be any issues if you have been using it to manage your own domains. The technical data will continue to be available as part of port 43 lookups. You can still monitor the expiry dates, name servers, MX records, SSL data etc.

Monitoring the technical data related to your domains is going to be more important in the post GDPR world because there is likely to be a higher incidence of domain thefts in the short term. Some registrars have already started adding security features because of GDPR.

The personal information will most likely disappear from whois. This has already happened for many TLDs / registrar whois outputs. For example, the personal information was already not available for domains that use proxy addresses, many ccTLDs and even the new TLDs like .APP. GoDaddy has been masking some information for a while now.

You can use registrar APIs instead of port 43 whois to obtain the data for your domains. Please see below.

Changes to Transfer Process

The domain transfer process (from one registrar to another) will be undergoing some changes because the gaining registrar will no longer be able to lookup the email addresses. So it is even more important to keep an eye on your name servers, associated IP addresses and domain dates.

Use Registrar APIs instead of Whois

You can use registrar APIs to import domains and obtain the domain information. Currently GoDaddy, Namecheap, Dynadot and Resellerclub are supported. Please see

Registrar API Support

for more details. We are hoping to add support for more registrars.

If you use a registrar and they don’t provide an API for customers, you should probably contact them and request them politely to consider doing so.

Registrar API Setup

Preserve Historical Whois Data in Watch My Domains SED / Cloud

Watch My Domains SED will normally overwrite the previous whois data in the database with the new one  when a new lookup is performed. However, it is possible to preserve the old data. To do this add the following to the config.php file.

$config_data['enable_data_history'] = "whois";

Make sure that you have the latest build.

After you do this, the whois data will be logged along with the time-stamp to the history data table in the database. Both registrar and registry whois are saved. You can then use the Details tab in the lower pane to access the old whois records.

 

 

How to Search & Find Domains in Domain Punch Pro

If you have a large number of domains in Domain Punch Pro, you may want to search for domains based on their length or occurrence of a word. For example, you may want to list and then move all domains that are 7 characters or less into a specific category.

You can do this using the ‘Containing Word’ filer and the ‘Find’ Dialog. Please see the screenshot below.

You can already do this in Watch My Domains ISP using the Find dialog (Ctrl-F keypress). Domain Punch Pro doesn’t use an actual database for storage so the option to do this is slightly different.

Containing words filter in Domain Punch Pro

Example Searches

  • Use web* to find domains that start with the word web
  • Use *web to find domains that start end the word web
  • Use #9 to find domains that are 9 chars long
  • Use #<9 to find domains that are less than 9 chars long
  • Use #>9 to find domains that are more than 9 chars long

Permanently Categorizing Filtered Domains

After you have filtered all the domains that you want, you can move them into a category of its own.

  1. First create a new category by right clicking on the ‘Domain Categories’ tree header (left pane) and selecting ‘Add New Category’.
  2. Select all the filtered domains in the domain table (right click, ‘Select all domains’ menu)
  3. Use the Categorize selection (right click, ‘Domain Categories > Categorize Selection’ menu) to move the domains into a category of its own.

New Major Versions of Domain Management Tools for Windows

We have released new major versions of Watch My Domains ISP (v6) and Domain Punch Pro (v4). The most important addition is the support for select registrar APIs. You can now import your domains registered at GoDaddy, ResellerClub or Dynadot with a single click. We will be adding support for more registrars.

If you purchased the previous version within the last few months you can get a free upgrade, otherwise you can purchase an upgrade at a special price. Please see the product pages for more details.

Watch My Domains ISP: What’s New

Domain Punch Pro: What’s New

Watch My Domains ISP for Domain Management

Registrar API Support in Domain Punch Pro & Watch My Domains

We are adding native support for obtaining data from select registrars (using API) to Domain Punch Pro and Watch My Domains for Windows. We have currently added support for GoDaddy, ResellerClub and Dynadot and we will be adding more registrars soon.

New versions of Watch My Domains Pro v5 and Domain Punch Pro v4 with native registrar API support will be available for download within the next 5-7 working days.

Registrar API support for managing your domain names

Watch My Domains SED updated, has PHP 7.1 support

We have updated Watch My Domains SED updated to add support for PHP 7.1.

The other changes include

  • Support for DSBL checks. Please see the ip-blacklist-check-sample.php file in lib/php/custom folder for more details. The output will be saved to the notes_d column in the sub-domain table.
  • A new sample login script that may be used to authenticate users using your own custom method. Please see the custom.login-sample.php file in the root folder for more details.
  • A new improved sample SSL expiry report script that will display FQDNs instead of separate domain and subdomain entries in the table. Please see ssl-expiry-report-improved-sample.php in lib/php/custom folder.


Watch My Domains SED v3

Domain Parking in the Era of “Not Secure” Warnings

Google Chrome will start showing a “Not Secure” message from October 2017 when a form is filled in a regular HTTP page. This will affect many parked domain sites that have a contact form (there is a post about this at DomainNameWire.Com).

Buying SSL Certificates for all the domains, even at the low $3-$5 price range,  is not a great solution when your portfolio contains hundreds or thousands of domains.

Fortunately there is a free option.

Let’s Encrypt is a free, automated, and open Certificate Authority that provides free and renewable 90 day SSL certificates. With a little bit of help from scripts it is also possible to automate the issue and renewals of the SSL certificates.

You can use Let’s Encrypt to create a single certificate that will support upto a 100 domains. There is also no need to have a unique IP address for each site (though this will not work for end users with XP + IE systems).

There are some problems when using SSL for hundreds of domains. For simple HTTP parked pages one could simply point all the domains to a standard web page / script and then use a single web server configuration. With HTTPS a separate web server configuration is required for each domain. This will make the job a little complicated when you have hundreds or thousands of domains to configure.

There are some rate limits on the certificates that are issued by Let’s Encrypt. Please see the details here.

You may need to contact your hosting provider to get them to support and install Let’s Encrypt certificates. If you are on a VPS or dedicated server and have root access you should be able to do this yourself.

Watch this space and domainpunch.com for additional hints and help on this.