I receive (too) many emails from Network Solutions about the various domains I own. Now, before you ask, these are not phishing emails — I have received those too — and I have checked out each message carefully.
In each message from Network Solutions they seem to have created yet another new domain name. It seems that they just can’t help themselves: “hey we’re a registrar, let’s go register another random domain name and tell our customers to use it!”
Here’s a list of a few of the domains just from their recent messages:
- www.networksolutions.com (of course) – and various subdomains, ok, I can cope with that!
- www.networksolutionspassword.info (how dodgy does that sound to you?)
- www.mysolutionspot.com (some marketing guff I guess)
- www.domainnamedate.com (why is this domain needed?)
- www.networksolutionsretail.com (why not retail.networksolutions.com?)
Now I recently received a message from them warning me about phishing messages. The basic test for a phishing message is to ask whether the domain names referenced in the message are legitimate — and how can we tell? Network Solutions use so many names that it’s just not possible to tell without a lot of work and even some danger.
So what’s the answer? Ignore all their silly domain names and just visit www.networksolutions.com…. or transfer to another registrar.