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CertifiedURL, is a service of Blue Planet Security Corporation, and is one of a family of sites providing security and internet services. Other internet security services include DMCA1, CertifiedTRUTH and Blue Planet Registrar.

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CertifiedURL Trust Certificates

Website Trust Certificates from CertifiedURL provide the highest level of verification on the internet. They are equal to or superior to the verification required for an Extended SSL Certificate (the Green Bar).

SSL Certificate Authorities verify a website by sending an email to the site administrator's email account. This could be a free email account or any email account with little or no information about the true owner of the site or email account. The email provider is not going to provide any information to a third party. The email might be on a U.S. server, but the owner can be anywhere. CertifiedURL ONLY accepts U.S. owned and operated websites.

The SSL encrypts the data between your browser and the site, but you still don't know who you are doing business with. If you need an SSL certificate, we recommend GoDaddy. (Click the ad on this page. Thank You.)

With private registration and the ability to register a domain under any name, there is no real verification of any website on the internet. Even the SSL and Trust Shield big guys don't look too close. We are different. Our procedure protects the website visitor, the website owner and the quality of the CertifiedURL Trust Shield.

The Shield from CertifiedURL is different. In the case of a business, we verify its legal status and other information. Yes, we send an email for verification, but that is not all. We actually mail a package with delivery confirmation that includes a Certificate and Window Decal, plus an actual contract, that must be completed, signed and mailed back. No SSL or Trust Seal provider actually verifies a website and ownership to this extent other than CertifiedTRUTH.

Yet, CertifiedURL is economical. Our Trust Shield is only $39.95 per year for businesses and only $29.95 per year for domains run by individuals or unincorporated groups that are selling products or services. A website not selling anything can obtain our Trust Shield for only $19.95 per year. Why pay hundreds of dollars per year?

CertifiedURL from Blue Planet Security Corporation also provides real customer service including direct dial and Toll Free 800 numbers together with website and email.

CertifiedURL will be providing a very needed service for the internet at very reasonable costs to help the internet move beyond the wild west that it is now.

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(03-14-14) -- The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) has brought another layer of complexity to protecting trademarks from being poached as part of a domain name. As of March 26 2013 trademark owners may now submit their brand names to be included in the new Trademark Clearinghouse. The stated goal is to serve as a centralized database of verified information in order that trademark holders throughout the world can better protect their rights on the Internet.

Since we first reported on the Clearinghouse, over 620 domains have been approved by ICANN. Over the next few years, unsuspecting brand owners may well be blind sided by theft of their trademarks by registrants in the new domain registries. Trademark owners may now submit their brand names to be included in the new Trademark Clearinghouse which offers the opportunity to prevent such theft. The Trademark Clearinghouse allows brand owners to register second level domain names containing trademarks with the registry to allow the gTLD operators and registry to better deal with anticipated trademark infringement claims.

Examples: yourbrand.gripe, .sucks, .corp, .sex, .porn, .home, .web, .charity, .paris, .news

In addition, DONUTS, has already seized the day, and is the owner of over 200 of the approved domains and is offering its own form of registration.

Trademark owners should register key trademarks with the Clearinghouse and/or in the registries themselves.

ICANN, a private nonprofit corporation, operating under contract from the U.S. Department of Commerce, manages the domain structure for the Internet. ICANN brought us not only .com, but the other various endings such as .org, .us, .info and the most recently the controversial gTLD program. As most of people now know, companies register all the various unused endings in self defense to prevent poaching, while providing greater profits for domain registrars for otherwise useless endings. See the earlier post on the new gTLD’s. Applications for the gTLD’s are $185,000 and estimates are $25,000 per year to operate. This scheme is all well and good for large multinationals, but what about the average brand owner trying to protect their brand names? An unending wave of new domain endings also expands the potential for online trademark infringement as well as the cost of preventing even greater risks of Internet poaching.

How to List Your Trademarks with The Registry

Trademark owners can submit to the Trademark Clearinghouse as second level domain names 1) nationally or internationally registered trademarks; 2) court validated trademarks; and 3) marks protected by statute or treaty. Pending applications to register do not qualify. Deloitte Enterprise Risk Services will verify the applications.

What does it cost?

Costs are about $150 per mark per year. However, registration for longer periods provides discounts, as well as a means of earning Status Points for early filing. The fee structure is detailed here: Clearinghouse Fees

Sunrise Services

Registration confers limited benefits to participate in the “Trademark Claims” service but does not act to bar infringing domain registrations, meaning the entire process may be suspect. The Brand owner will have access to the Trademark Claims service for at least 60 days after a new gTLD is open for registration with the general public following a “Sunrise” period. The Claims service will provide a warning of potential infringement to any third party attempting to register a domain that matches a trademark registered with the Trademark Clearinghouse. The Trademark owner will receive an automated alert notification if the domain is nonetheless registered after the warning is sent.

Trademark Claims

Problems. The Trademark Claims service identifies only identical matches to listed trademarks. Plural of an identical mark are not considered an identical matches, nor are misspellings. This means typosquatting will continue (deliberate misspellings) and fall outside the Claims service. The Trademark owner may find it better to work with its counsel to secure a domain watch service at a comparable cost.

You Can Not Sue the Registry!

(03-08-14) -- In recent court decisions, it has been held that a domain registry that offers private registrations can not be sued for contributory trademark or copyright infringement. You can not sue them for damages and they don't have to provide the identification information of the domain owner. Review sites can be sued for the identity of a poster, though this is covered at CertifiedTruth.com, another upcoming service of Blue Planet Security Corporation.

You might be able to legally intimidate the hosting company with civil action. The IP address of the hosting company and often the contact information is included in the WHOIS listing. If the hosting company is in another country, you are likely out of luck. Suing the hosting company for contributory trademark or copyright infringement might have the desired effect if a complaint or cease and desist letter does not do the trick.

You could, though probably not legally, hire a group of hackers to do a Denial Of Service attack on the IP address.

Why do people use WWW?

(03-01-14) --- Yes, there are services other than "www" (World Wide Web) on the internet but the public knows little about sub-domains and virtually nothing about Telnet, FTP and the like. In the olden days, DNS services generally were set up to work only with the www prefix. Today it makes no difference as all DNS servers and web servers recognize the domain name with or without the www.

Why business people and others continue to use it is a mystery to me. Usually the space (real estate) available in a print ad or online ad is limited. Using the www.domainname.com also just looks strange. I think it is a waste of space.

There are some reasons to use it I suppose. If you have website tracking setup that thinks with and without www are different domain names, then you'd have to track both. Google Webmaster Tools is smart enough to know they are the same thing, as are most other tools.

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