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Domain and email domain are playing a larger role in our vetting service risk testing.

The number of distinct domains from sign-ups is growing every month, starting at 75% in January and growing to 88% in August. We expect this to keep inching higher with all the new TLDs and how easy it is to automate new domains, apply a template for professional look, and creating emails for sign-ups on these new domains.

Testing on domain is challenging in a real-time vetting service, but we are seeing domain play an increasingly important role in identify risk. Our engine looks at data and factors such as Whois information, registrars, reputation, status (such as parked, for sale), age, hosting IPs, content of the actual web site, etc. The majority of domain issues are tagged by our DNS blacklists, but domain status and age issues are also contributing to higher risks.



In addition, new sub-domains are growing rapidly from “create your own blog” and “create your own website” leveraging built-in templates. For example, below is a weebly.com site using a pre-built template. On the home page everything looks good and professional. But drilling down on subpages, shows missing images, and a privacy policy that has “Lorem Ipsum” filler text.

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Bottom line: when on-boarding new clients, research the domain, the web site, the owner, the hosting company, the content and any data points you can find. A thorough review can show risks that might impact your business.

September 1st, 2014

Posted In: Vetting-API


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