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Careful with that domain name Eugene

I was interested to read a report from Mcafee (opens in new tab)this week that confirmed my suspicions on some top level domains, namely that some are a lot more iffy than others.

According to Mcafee, some domain name registry firms are more lax than others (opens in new tab) when it comes to assigning names on their domains.

The IT security vendor found the most dangerous domains to navigate to are ".hk" (Hong Kong), ".cn" (China) and ".info" (information).

Of all ".hk" sites McAfee tested, it flagged 19.2 per cent as dangerous or potentially dangerous to visitors.

It also flagged up 11.8 per cent of ".cn" sites and 11.7 per cent of ".info" sites that way.

In contrast, only a little more than five per cent of the sites under the ".com" domain - the world's most popular - were identified as dangerous. (opens in new tab)

Mcafee's report makes the interesting point that, hundreds, perhaps thousands, of companies are in the business of registering domain names.

Some are large and well known, while others are small and less reputable, offering their services on the cheap and with flimsy or no background checks to lure in more customers.

Does this surprise me? No. It's a crappy structure, though, and one that needs tightening up.

Just as soon as someone figures out who, really, is in control of t'Internet...