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July 2018 Posts

We’ve got some exciting news for you, #GenXYZ! Starting August 1st, a specific set of premium .xyz domains will be available to register that renew with our standard .xyz prices. The domains will be priced in tiers as follows:

That means you can buy the domain you want from this new set of premiums today at your favorite registrar, and in 1 year you can renew it for the standard .xyz renewal rate. Our existing tiers of variably priced premium .xyz domains have the same price to both register and renew, but this new set of names only has a premium cost to buy, then renews at the same amount as any standard priced .xyz domain.

So, whether you’re a startup looking to brand on an especially short or highly valuable keyword domain or a domain investor looking to get your hands on premium .xyz names, this new set of premium tiers allows you to renew your premium domains at an even more affordable price!

Want a taste of what kind of domains you can expect to register in this new set of premium domains? Here are a few notable domains from the list, all of which will be available to register at 00:00:01 UTC on August 1st:

New Tier A:

New Tier B:

New Tier C:

Don’t miss your chance to invest in some incredible .xyz names, then take advantage of their more than affordable renewal prices! Remember to mark your calendar for August 1st, and get ready to get the next big thing at a small new price!

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CTorres.xyzGoDaddy customer (United States)

Most of us nowadays share almost every aspect of our lives online. We take pictures of our food and share pictures from our travels. We write about our views on current events and give our opinions on the latest new movies, music, or pop culture happenings. And while we can communicate these things via social media, those apps only tell part of our story and don’t paint the whole picture.

The most free and unlimited way to express our full personalities online is through our own personal website. Need some proof, or maybe some inspiration for what to do with your own personal site? Then look no further than this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, CTorres.xyz.

C Torres does everything with his personal site, CTorres.xyz; he documents his travels, recaps his awesome experiences as a young photojournalist in Southern California, gives an intimate look at his fashion sense, and shares his views about life and current events as well. He’s able to do all this through blog entries, and he’s divided his site into the categories of travel, festival, lifestyle, and fashion, with each covering a unique aspect of his personality.

But beyond just sharing these experiences and photos, C Torres is able to completely shape his image and brand on his site. He’s used this unbounded artistic freedom to paint a full picture of his life, and share that life with the full color, excitement, and uniqueness that defines C Torres himself. His site also works in perfect tandem with his Instagram page, so his over 7,000 followers can go beyond the photos he posts and get the story and meaning behind them on CTorres.xyz. Speaking of C Torres’ Instagram, be sure to check out his takeover of XYZ’s Instagram for our #TakeoverThursday series if you missed it!

“I was inspired to start CTorres.xyz because I wanted to share my adventures, in hopes of inspiring others to go on their own. The goal of CTorres.xyz is to ultimately become an e-magazine, covering travel, festivals, lifestyle, and fashion! I plan on featuring different artist and creatives, ultimately giving them a space to showcase their talents and message.

I chose to build my site on the XYZ domain because it’s unique & memorable! It’s very eye-catching, which I believe makes people interested in viewing the site!”
– C Torres, Creator of CTorres.xyz

While his photography and blog posts alone give a look at his personality, having it all perfectly come together on CTorres.xyz gives C Torres a real presence online that is all his own. CTorres.xyz gives Torres’ friends, family, co-workers, casual acquaintances, and even complete strangers a full view of who he is. Torres portrays his brand exactly as he wants and has total control of his image on CTorres.xyz, something a simple page of pictures or feed of posts could never offer.

Want to give the world a real view of who you are and take control of your image online? Then get started building your own personal .xyz site today, and once you’re finished submit it to us and you could win an iPad Pro in our giveaway contest!

Whether you’re a casual internet browser, a parent teaching your children how to use the computer, or an experienced website designer, we all share the fear of losing sensitive documents or personal information to a hacker.

Fortunately, there are many online safety precautions you can take that don’t require too much effort. Here are 10 tips to help you stay safe online.

1. Use strong passwords

This tip is number 1 for a reason! Password security is vitally important to staying safe online and protecting your data. Do you know how secure your current password is?

Creating strong passwords:

  • The longer it is, the harder it is for a computer to guess.
  • A random mix of special characters, numbers, and letters are typically much stronger instead of easy to guess words like family names or dates like birthdays, graduations, etc.
  • If you’re worried about not remembering your password, use 3 random words that you’ll be able to remember. It will take a computer millions or billions of years to guess (see comic below.)

  • (Source: XKCD)

2. Use an antivirus program

To stay safe online, it’s often recommended to have multiple lines of defense against attackers. Antivirus programs can be very useful to help identify and catch threats you don’t even see before they get a chance to infect your computer.

Lists of the best available antivirus softwares can be easily found online if you’re unsure which to choose, and doing some research to find the best one in your price range can be more than worth it.

3. Don’t click that!

Avoiding careless clicking is regarded as one of the easier ways to stay safe online. It’s advised that you be sure you know what will happen when you click any link online. Spam emails, “free” offers, and 419 scams (aka Nigerian Prince scams) commonly ask you to click dangerous links that ask for personal information.

If you want to double check a link, one easy step is to copy the link and run a search for it (make sure you don’t just paste it into your browser’s address bar though!)

4. Be a selective sharer

Thanks to widespread anonymity online, you need to be sure who you’re talking to, before you share sensitive information like bank details, addresses, or passwords. Make sure sites you are sharing credit card information with are using an encrypted connection (HTTPS), and be sure you’re on the correct website.

5. Back up your data

In the unfortunate event your documents or information are compromised, it will be a lifesaver to have those files backed up and accessible. There are many services online that let you back up your data remotely, and it never hurts to have things backed up on an external hard drive as well.

6. Use two-factor authentication and sign up for login notifications

Two-factor authentication will tie your accounts to your phone number or email address, giving you an extra security net and adding another layer of protection against hackers.

Login notifications alert you when your account has been logged into at a location different from where you usually log on, which will help you detect potential attacks right when they happen.

7. Get HTTPS for your site and try to always use an encrypted connection (for developers)

If you’re building or already own your own website, it is beneficial to have an SSL certificate. More than 50% of the web is now encrypted, so don’t be the one lagging behind!

If you’re browsing the web, and especially if you’re buying things or exchanging sensitive information, make sure the website you are accessing is using HTTPS. Some browsers show this as a little green lock in your address bar.

8. Keep your software, scripts, and plugins updated (for developers)

Keeping the software and scripts you’ve installed on your website up-to-date is key to keeping it protected and safe online. If you built your site with WordPress, don’t just disable plugins that you’re not using, uninstall or delete them altogether.

Remember to also back up your data before updating software so you are safe in case something goes wrong with the update.

9. Ensure your file permissions are correct (for developers)

If you’re a developer or built your own site from scratch, be sure that you used the correct file permissions and double check who has access to each file.

10. Don’t store sensitive information in your database (for developers)

Credit card numbers, social security numbers, or any other highly valuable information, is vulnerable if stored in your database. It’s commonly recommended that you don’t store this information in your database.

No matter what level of computing skill you possess, there are threats online that could affect you or your website if the proper measures aren’t taken. Use these online safety tips as part of your protection strategy, and look to build on it as much as possible.

Once you’ve finished brushing up on ways to stay safe online, head to gen.xyz/giveaway and find out how you could submit your .xyz website to win 1 of 4 iPad Pros in our website building contest! Hurry though, entries close on July 31.

Live.xyzInternet.bs customer (United States)

One of the best parts about living in a city is the countless exciting events and goings on that you can take advantage of. New York City is world famous for the amount of activities it presents 24 hours a day for visitors and locals alike. But they don’t call it “The Big Apple” for nothing, so what should you do when you’re overwhelmed by the options available to you for a night out in Gotham? Get some help from this week’s #WebsiteWednesday, Live.xyz!

Live.xyz is your one stop, fully comprehensive map of NYC with over 126,000 businesses pinpointed and categorized for you. From rooftop bars, live music shows, and street art works to fitness studios, salons, and trendy shoe stores, Live.xyz has it all laid out for you with helpful descriptions of each. But that’s not all, as Live.xyz gives you up to date happenings at each location and at countless other points around the city, so you can plan your whole night out without even having to leave your apartment.

The Live.xyz map was created by founder Robert Levitan and his team, who spent over 3 years walking the city and documenting each business while taking pictures to add to the map. Their hard work has been more than worth it, as Live.xyz has garnered 4.7 out of 5 stars in the App Store and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, New York Business Journal, and AMNewYork.

Imagination paired with hard work breeds success in business and in life, and Live.xyz is another inspiring example of how the #GenXYZ community exudes both those qualities and works them seamlessly into their projects and startups. Want to harness your imagination and work ethic to create the next hot startup just like Live.xyz? Then grab your .xyz domain today and get started building your dream!

Have you already built your site and think it’s up there with the best on the web? Then submit it into our website building contest before July 31st and you could win 1 of 4 iPad Pros we’re giving away! Get all the details here.

Another 3 months are in the books, and that means it’s time for a new edition of the XYZ Quarterly, the magazine that gives you an in-depth update on everything that’s happened for the XYZ registry.

In this edition of the XYZ Quarterly, you’ll get an update on the success our end users have had and see the huge impacts they’re having on their respective industries, get an overview of XYZ’s success by the numbers, take a closer look at our historic 4th birthday sale and other marketing initiatives, and hear about our wonderful registrar/reseller partners!

The XYZ team was at Anime Expo for the 2nd year in a row and the #XYZsquad, of course, came along to mix it up with the thousands of characters and anime enthusiasts also attending the event. After starting a few dance parties outside, the team went inside the expo to look at various shows’ booths and let the attendees know how they could win an iPad Pro in our website building contest.

Check out the full recap video below and be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel so you don’t miss XYZ’s next adventure!

JoyInc.xyz1&1 customer (Nigeria)

The #GenXYZ community is filled with inspiring individuals, businesses, and organizations that aim to make the world a more efficient, more connected, and overall better place. It comes as no surprise, though, that in many parts of the world people live in dire circumstances and deal with great stress and adversity every day. Our #WebsiteWednesday this week, JoyInc.xyz, has used this unfortunate reality as inspiration to make their home continent of Africa a more joyous place.

JoyInc.xyz is a business registered as a “benefit corporation” that leverages books, television shows, films, events, and more to support better education, develop healthier psychology, and generate impactful social movements in Africa. JoyInc.xyz’s business model is to first provide their own media and teaching products to schools in Africa, then partner with companies and provide their products or services in classrooms, and finally invest the profits from those partnerships into charities and educational institutions across Africa.

While many charitable organizations rely on a classic donation model to provide better opportunities for underprivileged communities, JoyInc.xyz believes a classic business model generates more overall good thanks to the higher profits obtained. JoyInc.xyz’s commitment to putting 100% of profits toward their charitable causes is the key that brings a greater benefit, and more joy, to the communities they are aiming to help.

JoyInc.xyz was founded by Chude Jideonwo, a Nigerian lawyer and Yale University graduate who was selected as one of 18 members of the African Leadership Institute’s 2018 TuTu Leadership program, and was also named to Forbes 30 under 30 list in 2013 as one of Africa’s Best Young Entrepreneurs.

Finding the inspiration to exact positive change in the world can come from anywhere. As JoyInc.xyz shows, that place can even be your backyard. Have you stopped to look at your surroundings and found something that you think could be made better? Then follow JoyInc.xyz’s example and get your idea online with your own .xyz domain to reach a massive audience and start bringing about that change.

After a month of exciting celebrations, our spectacular 4th birthday celebration came to an end on June 30th. We can’t thank the #GenXYZ community enough for your participation in our anniversary campaign sale, which helped us raise more than $10,000 to protect the future of the internet.

When we set out to find a perfect way to celebrate our 4th anniversary, we thought about what would mean the most not only to us here on the XYZ Team, but to all of you who have helped .xyz grow to become one of the most popular domains in the world in just 4 short years. We knew that it had to be something that would not only support your innovative ideas and allow you to continue to express them on your .xyz sites, but it also had to be something that was true to the mission we’ve had for .xyz since we pushed the button to launch it to the world.

That’s why we’re so proud of your participation in our anniversary sale. We wanted to have a sale that would give all of you in #GenXYZ 2 years to build your projects without worrying about renewals, and the donations you helped raise for the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and Tsinghua x-lab will shape the future of the internet in a positive way for years to come.

One of the greatest strengths of .xyz lies in the community of its adopters, and on this anniversary we are so glad we were able to celebrate together with you and work towards a gift that all of us can enjoy; a better internet today, and for every day to come. The work isn’t done, however, and if you want to keep supporting EFF you can do so at the XYZ donation page here.

The festivities aren’t completely over yet though! Our anniversary website building contest is still running until July 31st, when we will judge all the .xyz sites that have been entered and pick 4 lucky winners who will each receive an iPad Pro! The full details and rules are all available at www.gen.xyz/giveaway. If you haven’t entered your .xyz site into the contest yet, what are you waiting for?! Head to the contest page now and don’t miss your chance to win!

ID.xyzInternet.bs customer (Australia)

Happy Independence Day to all of the American members of #GenXYZ! Today the U.S. is celebrating the day that a group of inventors, pragmatists, and dreamers united and declared independence from Britain, and who went on to found what has become one of the most powerful nations in history. So, what better way to celebrate than to look at an .xyz adopter who also decided to declare independence from traditional social media and founded a new company that is aiming to disrupt the way we use our favorite social apps: ID.xyz.

ID.xyz is an app that centralizes your offline and online identities under one ID, meaning you can access all your social media apps, phone numbers, emails, and more all in one convenient place. But that’s not all, as ID.xyz also has a messaging feature with media playback, and an “invisible data” service they call XYZ. The XYZ feature hides your data and content without deleting it, meaning you can access it when you want, but you can keep it under wraps when you don’t.

You can have unique usernames and profiles for all your social media apps, email, etc. on ID.xyz as well, so you can have a profile to connect with friends, another to connect with family, and another to connect with co-workers all in one easily accessible place, without the hassle of switching apps and changing logins.

Another unique feature of ID.xyz is the ‘AIR’ feature, which allows you to take multi-media from your device and drop it into your surroundings via Augmented Reality. You can select a video and put it on the street in front of you, and you’ll be able to see it play as if it were really there.

Freedom and independence are great motivators that many of the brightest minds throughout history have used to bring about radical change to society. ID.xyz is hoping to found something great that will transform how millions of people live their lives both online and offline, and their intrepid spirit is another example of #GenXYZ’s impact in shaping our future.

Want to get your hands on your own 2 letter .xyz domain? Check out the 2 letter .xyz’s still available now at https://gen.xyz/premiums. And don’t forget, you can still enter your .xyz site into our iPad Pro giveaway contest, where we’ll be grading all sites submitted to us until July 31st and naming 4 winners who will each get their own iPad Pro! For all the rules and details go to https://gen.xyz/giveaway.