Rob Golding

Rob Golding Internet Entrepreneur Member of multipe ICANN Working Groups - fighting for domain registrants rights Expert Witness on IT for UK Courts

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May 25 2016

Business Metrics 1 (of 4) – Essential Figures Every Online Business Should Know

As Head of the Mergers and Acquisitions Team at Astutium much of my day is spent looking at accounts and internal management systems. One thing that I see a lot, is how the majority of small-business owners in the tech space don’t know (and sometimes don’t know how to calculate) their “numbers” – the key …

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Apr 24 2016

HostingCon Global 2016 – Discounted Tickets Now Available

Early Bird (discounted price) Attendee Tickets Now On Sale for HostingCon Global 2016 (New Orleans). HostingCon Global is the main annual industry conference (and trade show) for web hosting and vps / cloud hosting providers. As usual Astutium will be in attendance – if you’d like to schedule a meeting to discuss the domain industry, …

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Apr 14 2016

Top 10 Locations of Attempted Domain Registration Fraud

Fraudulent Registrations (payment with stolen card details, attempted payment with hacked paypal accounts, theft due to chargeback etc) are major problems for all Domain Registrars Many fraudsters use open proxies, hacked machines or internet cafes for their scams, which make identifying their actual location difficult (but not impossible). The most common locations initiating domain fraud …

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Apr 08 2016

Simple Explanation of the Snoopers Charter

The always-superb Cassetteboy puts the explanation of the #IPBILL to music … If you’re not worried about the Investigatory Powers Bill (aka the Snoopers’ Charter), you don’t know enough about it

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Mar 30 2016

Hosted Minecraft 1.9 Combat Update Servers

The latest version of Hosted Minecraft Server (1.9) is now available from Astutium at https://www.astutium.com/game-servers/minecraft-gaming-server.php MC1.9 contains a lot of changes – the biggest being combat mechanics have been updated to make fighting more interesting and addition of new map-making options Complete list of the new and changed features: Added shields Attacking now has a …

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Mar 21 2016

Nominet to Conduct Research with .uk Rights Holders

Nominet, the Domain Registry for .uk .co.uk .org.uk .me.uk .ltd.uk .net.uk .plc.uk are about to start their Research with .uk rights holders As outlined at the registrar meeting on 21 January 2016 (Astutium attended), Nominet is conducting market research into the take-up of the right of first refusal for .uk domains by rights holders. Survey …

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Mar 16 2016

CENTR Report on ICANN55 Meeting Published

The Council of European National Top-Level-Domain Registries (CENTR) has published their summary of last weeks ICANN-55 Meeting … TL:DR; Highlights Volunteer shortage / fatigue is a very real problem for the multi-stakeholder model ccNSO charter to be revised and updated GAC as usual had a lot to say, thinking their opinion is more important than …

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Mar 10 2016

2015’s Most Popular (and Dumbest) Passwords

SplashData 2015 Worst Passwords Infographic

Despite numerous headlines throughout the year of hacks, exploits and data-breaches (many of which have led to millions in losses for the business concerned) end-users are still the weakest point in any security system – either through social engineering or simply for using incredibly simple passwords 🙁 This is the list of the most commonly …

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Feb 23 2016

UK Draft Investigatory Powers Bill Workshop

LINX Investigatory Powers Bill (IPB) Workshop Banner

Astutium will be taking part in the @LINX workshops on the DIPB aka snoopers charter on Tuesday 23rd feb 2016 This workshop will explore how the Bill will affect “network operators”, and discuss our opportunities to influence the legislative process. The IPB covers 4 main areas: Interception Data Retention Access to Communications Data Equipment Interference …

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Feb 22 2016

Nominet dot UK Price Increase – Act Now to Save Money

Nominet, the Registry for .uk, .co.uk, .org.uk and .me.uk domains has announced effective 1st March 2106 that it will be increasing the cost of domains to all .UK domain registrars by 50% and changing the standard registration period to 1 year. Other .uk domains (gov.uk, ac.uk etc) are not controlled by Nominet and not changing …

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