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It’s safe to say that almost everyone likes a good party. You invite your friends, enjoy the food & festivities, and make sure there’s fun to be had for everyone involved. The celebration, of course, is the best part and will hopefully leave everyone with unforgettable memories. Just like any good party though, there’s always some cleanup to do afterward.

Last week, approximately 50 of our registrar partners, countless resellers, and thousands of customers helped .xyz celebrate our 2 Year Anniversary. In a matter of a few days, over 3 million new .xyz domains were registered. Many of them appear to be registered by start ups, developers, and investors, and we can’t wait to see how the next generation of internet users will use these domains.

However, we also realize that there may be some bad actors in the mix, and we too have some cleaning up to do after the party. XYZ has a zero-tolerance policy toward any of the following abuse-related activities on .xyz or any of our other domain extensions:

  • Unsolicited email marketing (spam)
  • Malware
  • Phishing sites (attempts to hijack your personal and/or financial data)
  • Other illegal activities

So what does XYZ actually do to mitigate abuse?

We have developed a sophisticated abuse monitoring tool which allows us to proactively monitor, detect in near realtime, and suspend domains engaging in any of the above activities, based on evidence. We have developed strong partnerships with many of the industry’s leading data providers to help us identify and eliminate the bad apples from the many good ones that we have in our namespace, which is why there is less than 0.1% abuse in the entire .xyz zone (nTLDstats.com, May 6, 2016).

Once we have identified an abusive domain, we immediately notify the sponsoring registrar. Since we work very closely with our registrar partners, these domains are usually shut down in a very short period of time to prevent any harm to internet users. We then communicate with the registrants (either directly or via the registrar) to help them clean up their websites if they were hacked.

In the off chance that someone catches an abusive domain before our data providers do, we have an abuse feedback system that allows internet users to report abuse 24/7. Please visit our Abuse Page if you have detected a harmful website or abuse from a .xyz domain name. XYZ strives to keep our namespace clean and to make sure that .xyz has the best reputation possible. If you have any feedback or suggestions, send us a tweet @XYZ or contact us.

But a little cleanup behind the scenes doesn’t mean the party is over. We’re only one week into June, which means there’s roughly three more weeks left in our birthday month! Let the good times roll by visiting our 2 Year Anniversary page and register the domain(s) of your dreams today at one of our many registrar partners that are still celebrating this milestone with us.

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