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Reshma Kumar | 14 Feb 2013 | 1 comment

Much like fashion, what's old is new again in tech. The NYTimes had an interesting article on the resurging popularity of GIFs. There has been a fair amount of chatter on the subject of GIFs in the last few months signalling it's renewed trendiness.

GIF was the Oxford Dictionary's word of the year in 2012, and it has apparently also established its historic place in the Museum of the Moving Image.

GIFs or Graphics Interchange Format go way back to the Web 1.0 days and are a relic in Internet years. At the time, GIFs were popular because they were lightweight compared to JPGs, they supported transparency, and they could be animated. Well, none of that changed but competition did come in the Web 2.0 era for GIFs in the form of PNGs (Portable Network Graphics) which do all of the above and more including compressing better.

So, why the resurgence...

Reshma Kumar | 09 Apr 2010 | 13 comments

Internet Trust IndexThe Internet Trust Index has reported a modest level of trust amongst U.S. online adults of 61.5 on a scale of 100 - with zero representing no trust and 100 representing absolute trust in the Internet. This is interesting as getting a pulse on how users perceive the Internet could be valuable for a number of reasons. It provides some insight into what activities users are likely to engage in online, whom is most active online, and where demographically. From a design perspective, this can help guide decision-making with regards to driving feature sets, look and feel, and even communication design. This can also help with regards to technology considerations such as decisions to implement trust marks on a Website such as a trust seal,...

Reshma Kumar | 18 Mar 2010 | 8 comments

VeriSign CEO, Mark McLaughlin, recently did a blog post on Fortune where he refers to projections of 500 million more Internet users and 1.1 billion more Internet-enabled devices by 2013. Those are staggering numbers and could have far-reaching implications for - amongst other things - user experience across the World Wide Web and Website accessibility from varying user agents given that Websites have become such a critical part of our daily lives and the commercial world. From a competitive standpoint, design and usability of sites will probably become even more paramount in helping Websites to standout and gain a competitive edge. As his post points out, "84 million .com websites alone drive $400 billion in annual economic activity" and "one in five Americans report that losing Internet access for 24 hours would effectively shut...

Reshma Kumar | 08 Mar 2010 | 1 comment

jbidzos.jpgWe attended RSA 2010 this week where VeriSign was a Platinum Sponsor. Executive Chairman, Jim Bidzos, gave a Keynote Address on the 'Internet and Trust' explaining that without trust, people are less likely to freely share information or transact online.

This is very true in the creation of Websites. Good design is critical for good user experience which is essential to building trust. A Website is our face to the world and its design creates that first impression which people judge it by. Also, every interaction a user has on a site impacts the trustworthiness they associate with that site. So, poor design and rampant content errors, for instance, take away from the credibility and trustworthiness of sites. However, a well-designed site which is functionally sound with a clear navigation system...

Reshma Kumar | 08 Feb 2010 | 1 comment

logo_25yearsofdotcom.gifThis year marks the 25th anniversary of .com (dot com). In March 1985, the first .com domain name was registered, www.symbolics.com, igniting the birth of the consumer Internet that, 25 years later, continues to transform communications, commerce and our society as a whole.

And to commemorate this silver anniversary, a Website -- www.25yearsof.com -- has been launched to celebrate Internet innovation as well as to showcase the innovators and entrepreneurs who have shaped the Internet.

As part of this celebration, VeriSign will soon announce the top 75 people and companies who have made the most notable impact in shaping the Internet and ultimately, our world. From this...

Reshma Kumar | 16 Jun 2009 | 2 comments

phish-or-no-phish.jpgResearch indicates that the majority of users are unable to spot phishing Websites. In a study commissioned by VeriSign in the U.S., researchers asked users to identify fraudulent phishing sites from images of Websites placed side by side. A whopping 88 percent of users frequently missed the most obvious "tell tale" indicator which was the misspelling on the site which would have identified the phishing site.

How do you ensure that your online user experience is not affected by fraudulent sites? Here are VeriSign's top five tips to distinguish a real site from a phishing site:

1. https:// in the URL: The "s" in https:// means the site is encrypted,
so the information you enter is secured. While some phishing sites
do have a secured Web address, many do not. Therefore, site visitors
should be...

Reshma Kumar | 15 Jun 2009 | 0 comments

July 23, 2009
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Startup Idol is an interesting Conference coming up on July 23, 2009 at the Sofitel Hotel. Registration is free of charge!

Startup Idol is focused on the Web startup community and will feature expert panel discussions, a startup competition, and a networking reception on the Bay. Anyone looking to stay on the cutting-edge of the Web field, explore new customer and partnership opportunities, and network, this is a can't miss opportunity.

- Connect with venture capitalists, investors, entrepreneurs, service providers, and talent.
- Network with others in the...

Reshma Kumar | 05 Jun 2009 | 0 comments

There are now 183 million domain names registered across all Top Level Domains (TLDs) which represents a three percent increase over the fourth quarter of 2008 and a twelve percent increase over the same quarter last year. This means that nearly 11.8 million new domain names were registered across all TLDs in the first quarter of 2009. While this reflects a 17 percent growth in new registrations over the fourth quarter of 2008, it is a 17 percent decline from the same quarter in the previous year. While domain names registered do not necessarily mean the equivalent number of Websites created, the numbers point to approximately 91 domain names registered per minute and if about 88 percent resolve to Websites, that would mean that roughly 80 new sites were created a minute or one a second.

Country Code Top Level Domain Names (ccTLDs) registered increased to 74.1 million, an 18 percent increase year over year and a four percent increase quarter over quarter. There were nearly...

Reshma Kumar | 22 Mar 2009 | 0 comments

The inventor of the World Wide Web, Sir Tim Berners-Lee, has found himself a victim of Internet fraud. Having invented the Internet twenty years ago with the noble intent of linking documents together, the Web has evolved and also become a haven for fraud. Sir Tim, who purchased a Christmas present from a Website which never arrived, called the phone number on the site only to discover that the number was not valid. As he puts it "The worst thing that has happened to me was when I tried to buy a Christmas present from a company that looked like a bona fide company on the internet and then actually they were a completely fake company. I think I am yet to get the money back, but it wasn't a lot."

Clearly, no one is immune. As we surf the Web daily and transact on sites, we mostly take it for granted that the sites we are on are legitimate and trustworthy. We might look for trust marks like the Better Business Bureau Online, the VeriSign Secured Seal, and Truste as indicators...

Reshma Kumar | 20 Feb 2009 | 2 comments

The Internet continues to grow! There were 24 million new domain names registered in 2008 and 10.1 million new names in the fourth quarter of '08 across the all top level domains (TLDs). This brings the total number of domain name registrations across all TLDs to 177 million for 2008 - a 16 percent increase over the previous year and a 2 percent increase over the third quarter of '08. The five largest TLDs in terms of base size were .com, .cn (China), .de (Germany), .net, and .org.

The number of .com and .net domain names continues to climb as well. The overall base of .com and .net domain names grew to 90.4 million in 2008 - a 12 percent increase from 2007 and a 1 percent increase from the third quarter. Country Code Top Level Domain Names (ccTLDs) reached 71.1 million domain names - a 22 percent increase YOY and a 3 percent increase from the third quarter of 2008.

New domain name registrations across all TLDs have been growing at a decreasing rate compared to 2007...