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Namecheap Restricts Coronavirus-Themed Website Registrations


Namecheap is banning terms such as “coronavirus,” “COVID” and “vaccine” from the company’s domain availability search tool, legitimate domains.

The move came after a website accused of stealing credit card information was taken down
  • Namecheap banned terms such as “coronavirus,” “COVID”, “vaccine”
  • It was to prevent automated registration of names including those terms
  • Arizona-based GoDaddy, has not adopted a similar policy

An Internet firm is ending the automated registration of website names that include words or phrases related to the COVID-19 pandemic, an attempt to combat coronavirus-related fraud. Los Angeles-based Namecheap made the pledge after a federal judge in ...


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