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Latest NameSpace Quality Report Ranks the Internet’s Top Domains by Safety

Architelos Inc. announced today the publication of the third NameSentry NameSpace Quality Report. The report measures the comparative safety of the Internet's largest Top Level Domains (TLDs) by measuring the concentration of spam, phishing, botnets, and malware in each TLD from January 2013 to March 2014. The research is based on data from the NameSentry℠ Abuse Detection and Mitigation Service, which tracks abuse across the Internet's namespace. The report rates and ranks the 72 largest TLDs, which together account for 99% of domain names on the Internet. The findings indicate a significant increase in abuse over 2013, with the number of domain names added to abuse blocklists increasing from 62% from January 2013 to December of 2013. Virtually all domain names added to these blocklists were registered specifically to perpetrate abuse, underlining the preference of bad actors to register, use, and then move on to other new domain names. At least 5.0% of newly registered domain names are being used to perpetrate security threats during their initial year of existence. The NameSentry NameSpace Quality Report is freely available for download at www.architelos.com/namesentry.

NameSpace Quality Index (NQI) and Biggest Winners and Losers

The concept of NQI introduced in the first report, established a consistent and transparent means to measure relative safety. NQI measures the relative concentration of abusive domain names in any given namespace. Specifically, NQI is measured by the number of unique 2nd level or 3rd level domains that were flagged for at least one type of abuse, per million domains under management. Less than 100 abuses per million receives a “Green/Excellent” rating, while more than 10,000 abuses per million receives a “Red/Risk” rating.

Of the 72 TLDs, 58% score a rating of “Yellow/Good”, 25% score “Orange/Caution”, 14% score “Red/Risk”, and only 3% score “Green/Excellent”. The top ranked or safest TLDs were .tel and .ch, while the bottom two TLDs were .mobi and .asia. The analysis also covers significant changes in NQI for 72 TLDs and the resulting change in rank compared to the report published in November of 2013. The biggest winner was the .de country code TLD (Germany) who improved from a rank of 54 in Nov 2013 to a rank of 16 in Mar 2014. The biggest loser was .ws country code TLD (Samoa) with a 2013% decline.

About Architelos, Inc.

Architelos, Inc. provides SaaS-based TLD managed services solutions, and strategic consulting for clients in the domain name (DNS) industry. NameSentry, a patent-pending abuse detection and mitigation service, is the second SaaS based service launched by the company, after Business Case Builder in 2011. Architelos is unique in having over 30 years of experience in building, launching, and managing multi-million name gTLDs. Clients include new gTLDs, as well as existing generic Top Level Domain (gTLD) and Country Code (ccTLD) registries. Architelos has locations in Leesburg (VA), Los Angeles (CA), Toronto (Canada) and Dublin (Ireland), as well as data centers in Toronto and Los Angeles. For more info follow Architelos on Twitter and Facebook or LinkedIn.

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