iDNS (Internet Domain Name Services) – Fake

I reported iDNS to the post office a few months ago warning them that this company was doing improper … yes, even fraudulent activities. Technically they still within the legal bounds but in actuality, they are deceptive in their approach.

If you own a domain and you get a letter from iDNS watch out! The letter comes with a warning  — “Domain Name Expiration Notice” which will scare the non-techies to send their credit card information to them.

The letter looks like this:

iDNS-Fake

If you get this in your mailbox (not email box) relax. These guys just got your information through easily accessible data. That’s all the “authenticity” they can boast of. This is why they are able to fool a lot of people.

If you read the small print it says in Bold letters ” This notice is not a bill.” Then it reveals what they want you to do. They want you to TRANSFER your web hosting to them for 4 times the price you would normally pay.

They also include a return envelope (not even with a stamp — ie. you have to pay for your response letter to them so that they can screw you!) that is addressed to:

iDnsFake

Internet Domain Services Inc
925 Bergen Ave., Suite #289
Jersey City, NJ 07306-3018

Obviously, you will want to burn that letter. Please warn all your friends.

Gone in a Flash

There is a sad trend in websites. Thanks to some security flaws, Flash Animation is slowly disappearing. Well … that and a few more reasons.

Article on Flash Attacks
If you are in still in the woods and don’t know what I’m talking about, here’s a sample Flash animation from the Traveling Boy Website which was developed by WYNK.

Other reasons for the dying flash animation would include:

  • longer download time (because of the size) – although this is getting less of an issue since the bandwidth speeds are getting better and better.
  • Some people just want the data and prefer not to have to go through a video to get it.
  • Some don’t have the patience for anything.

You will notice that major websites like Nike or Mercedes Benz that used to be heavy with Flash animation have now opted for Javascript slide presentations (so far Javascript slides are still safe). They’re not as dramatic and flexible as flash but until the problem is fixed, this seems to be the animation of choice.

Here’s a sample of a slide presentation WYNK made for TravelingBoy.com using Javascript.

And since I am in the topic about security on the web, if you are still using Microsoft Explorer, please save yourself some headache — switch to Firefox or Chrome (there are other browsers but these are my 2 favorites). Microsoft has already said they will no longer be in the web browser business. And if you are one of the dinosaurs still using Windows XP, go ahead and use it but just realize that if your browser crashes … worse — if your computer crashes, no one (except maybe Bubba, your friendly neighborhood tech guy)  will be available to help you.  And if you are taking the risk, just be sure to backup your data.

I don’t know if I’ll miss Flash when it comes to advertisements. But I will miss it in some websites. I hope they come up with a remedy soon. I always like to have options available.

It’s a changing world out there but there will always be good guys and bad buys.

Welcome to WYNK’s new website

It’s been a long wait. We’ve finally launched our new website. We’re not done updating but I decided to launch our new look because the old site was over 10 years old and it was getting painfully obvious.

Some people have been wondering why we didn’t do this earlier. Well, the honest truth is we’ve been giving priority to our customers. So what if we’re “ugly” As long as our clients are pretty, that’s fine by me.

Anyway, I hope you like it. We’ll be inserting more samples of the work we’ve done over the years. There’s been quite a lot so it’s a matter of editing. I also plan to share some of my thoughts about marketing and ways to promote your product. The big thing nowadays is social media, apps, SEO — I personally think people are wasting way too much money on campaigns that are not compatible with their product. But more on that in some future blogs.

For now I’m just glad we got this far in the makeover.

Look around, see what we do and imagine what we can do together.

Raoul Pascual
Managing Partner
WYNK Marketing