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Apr 25, 2019 - First day of summer!

First day of summer!

The First day of Summer (Sumardagurinn fyrsti) has been a public holiday in Iceland for a very long time. Therefore we are not at the office today (Thursday) but will be back tomorrow (Friday). About First day of Summer in Iceland

Apr 17, 2019 - Easter holidays

Easter holidays

ISNIC´s office will be closed for five days over the Easters, i.e. from April 18th (Thursday) to April 23. (Tuesday). We will be back to our desks on Tuesday April 23.

As always you can register, renew, redelegate, transfer and delete domains 24/7 using our website. The easiest way to find your login information is to type your domain name in the search window on our front page, click on "Lost PW" link by your email address, and proceed from the email you got from ISNIC.

Thank you for registering a .IS domain.

Happy Easter everyone. Be careful, travel safely.

Apr 11, 2019 - Operational meeting

Operational meeting

Due to our annual operational meeting our service will be limited on Friday the 12th of April. Our office in Katrínartún will be closed but web chat, telephone and email will be answered as quickly as possible. Thank you and have a nice weekend.

Jan 2, 2019 - DNS Flag Day - February 1, 2019

DNS Flag Day - February 1, 2019

On Friday, February 1, 2019,what's being called "DNS Flag Day" will come to pass.

On DNS Flag Day, DNS software and service providers will roll out updates to remove existing DNS resolver workarounds that allows users to bypass the Extension Mechanisms Protocol (EDNS) for DNS, to ensure compliance with the original DNS standard from 1987 (RFC1035) and the newer EDNS standards from 1999 (RFC2671) and (RFC6891).

Why are they doing this?

In the early 80s when the Domain Name System (DNS) got born, the networking was a lot smaller and a lot different than it is today. At that time the Domain Name System (DNS) had not yet become the backbone technology of the Internet as we know it today. As the years went by and the Internet grew, the Domain Name System (DNS) has grown alongside it, undergoing several evolutionary steps to be able to meet the Internet's requirements and standards at any given time. This effort is simple yet another evolutionary step in the Domain Name System (DNS) history, required to meet today's Internet standard.

To meet today's standards and requirements major Open Source DNS Software providers along with a number of other organizations, social networks and search engine giants have joined forces and declared a flag day, after which the Domain Name System (DNS) software will no longer support those workarounds which are causing slower responses to DNS queries and make it harder to implement new features. On that day they will cease accommodating DNS software vendors and DNS service providers that do not comply with the published DNS standard behaviour when interacting with other servers.

Why should I care?

If you, your organizations or company own a domain and that domain is being hosted on authoritative server which is in violation of the published DNS standard, that domain will gradually become inaccessible on the Internet through domain name lookups.

What do I need to do?

The first thing to do is to make sure that the authoritative DNS server for your domain(s) responds correctly.
To see if your authoritative DNS server for your domain(s) are compliant, head to the DNS Flag Day website and enter in the form below "I'm a domain holder" your domain and click on the test button.
If you get "All OK" no further action is required.If you get "Fatal error detected" you should contact your domain(s) technical contact and or DNS service provider in charge of managing the DNS software used by your domain name(s) and have them ensure it is fully updated and compliant with the EDNS protocol requirement and there no misconfiguration with the firewall, intrusion detection system and intermediate devices, such as routers, switches which may also result in compliance failures.

Additional resources and references

DNS Flag Day website

Blog on DNS Flag Day

Earlier blog on EDNS fallback behavior

Blog on EDNS compliance issue

Presentation on DNS Flag Day on UKNOF, January 15th, 2019

KB article – DNS Flag Day, How Will it Impact You?

KB article – DNS Flag Day, Notes for Authoritative servers

KB article – EDNS compatibility tests and status codes


Apr 18, 2018 - GDPR and ISNIC's Whois service

GDPR and ISNIC's Whois service

[P.s. this was deployed on April 23th.].

To comply with the European GDPR Directive, ISNIC will, before May 25th, stop publishing names, addresses and telephone numbers of personal contacts by default  from the ISNIC WHOIS database. 

Customers (individuals) who wish to continue to publish their information, must log in, go to "My Settings" and select "Name and Address Published". 

ISNIC will however, at least for the time being, continue to publish email addresses, country  and techincal information of all NIC-handles associated with .is domains.  Those customers (individuals) who have recorded a personally identifiable email address, and do not want it published, will need to change their .is WHOIS email address to something impersonal.

Assuming that GDPR directive applies fully to the "WHOIS" service provided for decades by most ccTLD registries, these new restrictions will lead to less transparency in domain registrations and less trust in the domain registration system in general. ISNIC, as many others, strongly disagrees with the view of the European parliament in this matter and warns that GDPR, as it is being implemented, will neither lead to better privacy nor a safer network environment.

For the sake of the internet community, e.g. Individual users, Service Providers, Hosting Companies, and many other stake holders, ISNIC will continue to publish email addresses and the country name of all contact types until further notice. 




.is Domain name registration

ISNIC - Internet á Íslandi hf. manages the registry for the .is country-code top-level domain according to the principles specified in the registration rules of .is domains.

The purpose of these rules is to ensure the security, efficiency and transparency of the domain delegation and registration process. The registration of a domain confers rights to the use of the domain name according to ISNIC rules at any time but does not confer ownership of the domain.

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