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4.5 Million Domain Names Added to Internet in First Quarter of 2011

Domain name industry has been blooming ever since it started. This quarter had four and half million domain names added o the Internet. The data came from the latest Domain Name Industry Brief published by VeriSign, Inc.

First quarter of 2011 had more than 209.8 million domain name registrations across all TLD’s which is 2.2 percent higher than the last quarter of 2010.

Verisign’s combined base of .com and .net domain names experienced aggregate growth in the first quarter of 2011, surpassing a total of 108 million names. New .com and .net registrations totaled 8.3 million during the first quarter. The total represents a 9.2 percent increase year over year in new registrations, and a 2.7 percent increase from the fourth quarter. The .com/.net renewal rate for the first quarter was 73.8 percent, up from 72.7 percent from the fourth quarter.

The base of Country Code Top Level Domains (ccTLDs) was 81.7 million domain names, a 2.1 percent increase quarter over quarter, and a 5.1 percent increase year over year.

Verisign’s average daily Domain Name System (DNS) query load during the quarter was 57 billion, with a peak of 67 billion. Compared to the same timeframe in 2010, the daily average and the peak each grew 6 percent.

With all these domain names, the risk of DDoS attacks and the risk of hacking increases a lot. It is always advisable to keep your domains safe from such attacks. VeriSign provides services and is undertaking measures to make the domain owners of techniques to prevent themselves from fraud.

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