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Welcome to the Precision Computing Arts / Fastwebdev blog. We use this blog to post interesting news about our Sitebuilder web hosting and content management system (CMS). As with other blogging systems, blog articles from our system are indexed in Google and other search engines within a week or two.

(Customers can set up and maintain similar blogs on any Sitebuilder websites that we host.)

Tuesday, January 03 2017

Please be patient after changing Domain Name Server (DNS) Settings. The settings can take up to 72 hours to propagate throughout the Internet.

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Posted by: Precision Computing Arts, Inc. AT 03:57 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, December 13 2016

Who Is3/13/15 Update: Thieves are stealing company web addresses, so please be wary of responding to suspicious "phishing" emails asking you to renew your domain or provide other sensitive account information. Also, guard and take responsibility for your own account user names and passwords.

More details about "Thieves Steal Company Web Addresses" here.

Original Article Below

Who has the keys to your domain...and your web hosting account...and your PayPal account...and all the other online accounts that make your business tick?

As a business, personal, or non-profit website owner, if you didn't answer this question with a resounding "I DO!," you are putting your website and possibly even your entire enterprise at risk.

Many companies such as domain registrars, website hosts, PayPal, banks, and others that are required to keep your sensitive online information safe WILL NOT COMMUNICATE with anyone other than the person who is listed as the main contact in their records. And they certainly will not release user name, password, and other account information to anyone other than the officially designated contact.

Knowing this to be true, consider what might happen in the following scenarios if you are not listed as the primary contact and you do not have a copy of your login information:

  • Your employee leaves the company.
  • You decide to switch web designers, or your designer retires or closes the business.
  • Your spouse divorces you.
  • Your relative turns untrustworthy.
  • You and your friend or business partner have a falling out.

Now further imagine that one of these common situations arises and you need to:

  • Change your account password or contact information.
  • Change your web hosting service.
  • Change your domain registrar.
  • Change your website designer or search engine optimization (SEO) company.
  • Access your PayPal account in order to add new payment buttons.

Ouch! You could be in a world of hurt, as one of our new customers discovered recently.


The bottom line is that YOUR contact information should be on ALL these accounts, and YOU should have a copy of all the login information for these accounts: that means URL addresses (e.g., paypal.com, namecheap.com, gmail.com, etc.), user names, and passwords. PLEASE do not rely on others (or Precision Computing Arts) to keep this essential information safe for you!


Tip: Here is one way to find out who is listed as the primary contact for your website's domain and to learn the nameservers for your website hosting account:

  1. Go to http://centralops.net/co/DomainDossier.aspx
  2. Type in your domain name (e.g., pcartsonline.com). Omit the www.
  3. Check the domain whois record box.
  4. Click GO. (Note: If you have changed the information recently, it may take about 24 hours to see the most recent changes.)

Oh, in case you are wondering, when Precision Computing Arts / Fastwebdev sets up an account for you, we never list our company as the registration, administrative, technical, or billing contact. We always list you — the company owner (or your designee) — and we always provide you with the complete login information for every account that we set up on your behalf. PLEASE STORE THIS INFORMATION IN A SAFE PLACE!

Questions? Please contact us.

Posted by: Elizabeth Olson AT 06:17 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Wednesday, July 29 2015
* Auto-Renewing Your Domains

For security reasons and in order to streamline our operations, Precision Computing Arts will no longer monitor and renew domains for web hosting customers. All customers should manage their own website hosting contact information and domains.

Posted by: Precision Computing Arts AT 09:18 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
Tuesday, July 28 2015
* Important Whois Contact Information Verification Information

As of January 1st, 2014, the Internet Corporation of Assigned Names & Numbers (ICANN) requires verification of all Whois contact information. You must verify the information or risk having your domain name suspended by ICANN.

Posted by: Precision Computing Arts, Inc. AT 02:36 pm   |  Permalink   |  Email
Friday, March 13 2015

3/13/15 Update: Thieves are stealing company web addresses, so please be wary of responding to suspicious "phishing" emails asking you to renew your domain or provide other sensitive account information. Also, guard and take responsibility for your own account user names and passwords. 

More details about "Thieves Steal Company Web Addresses" here.

5/4/14 Update to blog article originally published in November 2009.

There's always someone willing to part you from your hard-earned money or steal your identity. Domain name scammers are among them! These nasty Internet denizens will send you an official looking letter or email with dire admonitions that your domain is about to expire and you must renew or transfer your domain name with them (or risk losing it forever).

One of our customers got taken by this scam, and his domain expired anyway! That's because the company (Domain Renewal Group) did not renew or transfer his domain; they simply took his $30 check and cashed it! Fortunately, were were able to renew his domain with his official registrar. Our customer may have been lucky only to lose his money. Some of these scammers take much more because they are identity thieves, trolling for credit card and other valuable information!

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5/2014 Update: A customer received a letter from Domain Registry Services (https://www.droa.com/index.asp), paid for 10 years and a transfer at high cost. She learned it was a mistake to respond to the letter, and now must hassle to get her money back. Her domains are already registered elsewhere for much less money, and there is no need to transfer them. She simply needs to renew with her current domain regstrar and all will be well.

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Unless you are 100% sure they are legit, do not respond to these letters!

If you receive a letter about renewing your domain name — especially if you don't recognize the company as YOUR domain registrar — please contact us right away, before you send a check or give them your credit card information. We'll try to verify whether the communication is a legitimate message from your current domain registrar. (As an aside, most domain renewals cost about $10 per year. If yours costs significantly more, ask us about transferring your domain to another registrar.)

All this said, please do not ignore an expiring domain! You've invested time, money, and Goodwill in your domain name, so it's important to stay on top of expiration dates and keep your domain registration current. Also be aware that if a domain expires, no one can access your website until the domain registration is updated or the site is moved to a new domain name. And if someone happens to grab your domain after it has expired, you probably will be unable to retrieve it.

For some specific details about this domain scamming problem, check out this link.

Want to know more about domain scammers? Search Google for "domain renewal scam" or type the name of the company that has sent you a letter (between quotation marks) and add the word scam, like this:

"Domain Renewal Group" scam

Posted by: Elizabeth AT 06:28 am   |  Permalink   |  Email
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