There are only about 61.500 .is domains registered as today. About 2/3 of them are registered in Iceland, using icelandic words, names and even letters! We estimate that only about 20.000 to 25.000 .is domains are english words and names, yet.
Premium Domains are considdered to be mostly "one word domains", containing easy, preferably short, english words and names. You should therefore be able to find many Premium Domains under the beautiful .is domain extension – all at the same price €29.90. No hidden cost what so ever.
ISNIC, the .is Registry.
The list below is based on traffic data for the Top 1,000,000 websites globally. There are now 189 websites hosted in .is domains on this list, and for the first time a .is website is now among the 1000 most popular sites in the Internet.
Left column shows the site rank within .is, and the right shows the Global Rank. Source: domaintyper.com/top-websites/most-popular-websites-with-is-domain
The beautiful ccTLD .IS has been in use for 30 years this year (since 1987). It's the Country Code Top Level Domain of Iceland (icelandic: Ísland) with just over 60.000 registrations. Of these, 70% are domestic, 9% from USA, 3% from Germany, 2% from Norway, another 2% from Great Britain, and the rest has a home address in about 100 countries world wide. It is truly an International Domain, although being a true Viking still rooted in Iceland.
ISNIC (IS Network Information Center) is the Registry (Top Level Domain Operator) for the ccTLD ".is", and manages the Registration System, the Registrant (WHOIS) Database, and the DNS Servers for the .is zone. ISNIC welcomes every customer who has genuine, legitimate interest in having a clever and good looking .is address for a website, email, or other services on the Internet. We discourage registration via Proxy Services, unless the proxy uses a legitimate registered corporation with a real physical address. We do not allow false or inaccurate domain registrations, but we allow individuals to withhold their address from our Public Registrant Database (WHOIS).
.is Domains can be registered for up to five years–first only for one year–but can then be renewed (right away) for additional four years. This is to give the new Registrant an important moment to re-think, before paying out the fee for five years (EUR 149.5) which is non-refundable.
ISNIC's staff wishes its customers a happy new year 2017 and thank you so much for the great year of 2016 (over 10.000 new .is domains registered).
Domains are like good wine, the older the better they are regarding search engines. If you read this before January 1. register your .is domain right away and get the creation year 2016 please.
ISNIC now allows registrants to renew their .is domains for up to five years. Initial registration period remains one year, but renewal, for up to four years for a new domain, can be done immediately after registration.
As domain fees are not refundable we decided to make it a litle tricky to register a new domain for more than one year - to protect our most enthusiastic customers.
Article 19 of the .is registration rule now reads:
"The domain registration period is at least one year, paid in advance on or before the domain expiration date. All domain registrations shall be accompanied by a payment."
As all good Nameserver (DNS) Managers know, the .is technical delegation requirements are a bit stricter than .com's or other mainstream TLD's. People and companies, who prefer security and solid service, are choosing .is for their service partly because of this.
ISNIC strongly asks Nameserver (DNS) Managers, who wish to host .is domains, to please register their nameservers with ISNIC beforehand – this will make it much easier for your .is customers to select your service.
ISNIC's Name Server Registration: https://www.isnic.is/en/host/new
No not really. ISNIC's staff does assist customers (if asked) with registration of .is-domains, but not in coming up with an idea for a good domain. When creating a good domain it comes down to language skills, the feel for words and above all, Creativity.
The .is top level domain ending goes very well with many words, and can, as such facilitate the construction of good and easy to remember domains.
For a long time short domains were thought to be much better than longer ones. This could, however, be wrong in some cases. Some specialists contend that well formulated and descriptive domains score higher in search engines on the internet.
Here are a few helpful things to keep in mind when registering a good .is domain:
ISNIC's offices are closed today, Ascension Day, which is a public holiday in Iceland. We will be back in office at 09.00 (GMT) on Friday.
The ISNIC Team.
First Day of Summer is today! This day is a public holiday in Iceland and always falls on a Thursday between the 19th and 25th of April. We will be back in the office tomorrow, Friday. Thank you for your support during the winter and have a happy summer.
As the number of .is domains reached 57316 around midnight the first of april 2016 ISNIC can no longer register new .is domains. Our registration database is full so the only .is domains available for now are used domains. You can either buy one from a current registrant or you can come to our office in Reykjavik before 16.00 today and ask if any domains got free today.
We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause, and as soon as we install a bigger database we will be able to register new .is domains again.
Have a wonderful weekend.
ISNICs office will, like always, be closed for five days over the Easters, i.e. from March 24. (Maundy Thursday) to March 28. (Easter Monday). We will be back to our desks on Tuesday March 29.
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 slowly.
The ISNIC Team.
ISNIC would like to remind customers not to use the same password for the ISNIC domain portal as they use for other network services. Last week an attempt was made to highjack serveral .is domains using passwords obtained from a compromized WordPress server. These attempts where stopped by an alert registrant and timely intervention by ISNIC staff members.
Please use unique passwords for your .is domain portal to reduce the risk of loosing your .is domains, in case of an unrelated compromized service somewhere else.
An invalid .is zone was dstributed to the .is secondary servers at 14:43 today. Due to a botched server upgrade the DNSSEC signatures on the .is zone were invalid. The problem was resolved by 15:20. This resulted in some validating-resolvers being unable to resolve .is names during this period. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused.
ISNIC Tech Team.
Once again all .is domains delegated to DNS service with Bluehost are in trouble. One of the two authoratitive nameservers that Bluehost uses to host .is domains does not reply to queries regarding any of them and in fact appears to be completely disconnected from the network. This nameserver has now been disconnected for three weeks.
Registrants and contacts of .is domains now get copies of weekly complaints that ISNIC sends automatically to Bluehost to warn about this problem. Unfortunately Bluehost does not admit to the problem, and replies to service requests with incorrect and incomplete information as to the nature of the problem, it's reasons and it's consequences for the DNS service to these domains.
ISINC's only recourse in this matter is to encourage registrants of .is domains that are currently delegated to Bluehost to seek alternate DNS services, as soon as possible, to avoid their domains being suspended automatically, due to a techincal non-compliance with our (internet's) basic technical requirements.
See also #bluehostdown on Twitter.
ISNIC's Domain Registration has now been made easier than before. The Sign Up process and Domain Registration for beginners (new customers) is in one seamless 4 step path (was 5 before). Try it out now and type your good Domain Name Idea in the big search window underneath Santa's red cap please!
ISNIC, the .is Registry will be at the first Nordic Domains Days (http://www.nordicdomaindays.se/) hold by .Se (iis.se) next Monday and Tuesday (23. and 24. November) at the Stockholm Waterfront Congress Centre.
Among interesting topics on the agenda will be a discussion on Data Validation. Should the registrant (domain holder) be able to hide his/her name from the public Whois data? This and related topics will be disscussed hard on the second day of the first Nordic Domain Days in Sweden next week.
Hope to see you there!
Loosing access to your ISNIC account can happen. To make sure you can reset your password securely, quickly, and even more easily than before, please register your mobile phone number with ISNIC. This is done under "My Settings" – after login. Once your phone number is registered you can reset your ISNIC password via SMS (for example if you loose access to your email account). Try it!
ISNIC provides colocation services and the hardware for a K-Root instance with the Reykjavik Internet Exchange (RIX). The hardware has now been upgraded. The K-Root server is operated by RIPE, and is one of 13 root nameservers which provide the basis for DNS lookup for the whole Internet.
By having a mirror instance in various location, the path to the root nameserver is kept as short as possible, and reliability and latency is the primary reason.
ISNIC's office and phone support closes at noon today. The only way to register a .is domain is via our webservice. If you need to speak with us, please wait until next Monday.
Have a wonderful weekend!
The support and tech. Team of ISNIC.
June 17th is the Icelandic Independence day and national holiday since 1944, when the date was chosen as the foundation day of democracy in Iceland and seperation from Denmark.
The date has been celebrated since 1907 and is the birthday of one of the most well known Icelandic person: Jón Sigurðsson (who was a diplomat and a congressman and one of the vocal persons in the Icelandic independence battle and its recognized leader).
If you need to contact ISNIC please use the Svarbox or send us an email at: email@example.com
6/6 is a day dedicated to IPv6, and most large internet companies turned on IPv6 permanently two years ago. Have you turned on an IPv6 device or asked your network provider about IPv6 options?
The RIPE NCC has an IPv6 on-line course on it's academy.ripe.net network, which is open to all.
Last few weeks ISNIC has published a list of recently deleted domains on Twitter, so that interested parties could register them sooner. Historically, ISNIC did send out lists of recently deleted domains to those who requested it, but that practice was stopped because of objections from angry registrants that had lost their domains by mistake. This was in the early days of the Internet and not everyone had adopted to it. Now the times have changed, but ISNIC still has the same old rule of waiting 60 days from the time the domain is put on hold until it is deleted and free to register by anyone. By that time, 105 days will have passed since an invoice was issued for the renewal of the domain.
In 2014, the number of new .is domains registered was 9.773 and the number of deleted domains was 5.356. ISNIC's calculated loss from having to wait 60-105 days from the time an unpaid domain is put on hold, until it is open to register again is therefor great. ISNIC is currently reviewing whether to shorten this time according to standard practices with other registries of top level domains. ISNIC will continue to publish recently deleted domains on Twitter, which has been met with only positive response, especially from the "domain merchants". This is though by no means a complete list of deleted .is-domains. ISNIC's Twitter posts are unregular and limited to domains we find interesting.
ISNIC has made an important change in the .is domain registry system. The domain's registrant (owner/holder) now has direct control of the domain registration, the same control as the administrative contact has. The registrants can now log in and manage their domains directly if they so wish (and if they have confirmed their registration in the same way as the other contacts have).
The processes of deleting and transfering a domain has also been changed. From now on, not only does the administrative contact have to confirm the action, but the registrant as well, as long as the registrant has a valid email registered. If not, only the administrative contact has to confirm the request as before. ISNIC believes these changes will further enhance the registration security of .is domains.
.is arrived at the top of the Earth on the 10th of April 2015. The .IS domain is now also the internet identity for the North Pole!
The .is-flag at the North Pole on April 10. 2015.
April 10. 2015. Russian North Pole Ice Airport. Helicopters are used to go all the way to the 90°N.
Photo by Marta Magnúsdóttir.
The plane who took the group to the North Pole Ice Airport.
Photo by Marta Magnusdottir.
No phone support will be provided at ISNIC today – sorry.
The ISNIC Team has its yearly Projects day in the country side today, April 10th. We will be talking about the future and the possibilities of something big hitting the internet or the earth for that matter.
Have a wonderful weekend!
ISNIC, the .is Registry.
A small Viking figure is now looking over the ISNIC's logo as we now have the month of Þorri (Thorri). Þorri is the mid-winter month acording to the Icelandic (old Norse) Calander. The following two months after Þorri are Góa and Einmánuður, the last month of winter. During Þorri organised celebrations, named Þorrablót, are held in towns and clubs in Iceland. It is a feast where the old traditional Icelandic food is served. The food has most often been processed for preservation in reminder of the times during winter when fresh food supplies were scarce.
Þorri is the man's month, starting with a day dedicated to men (Bóndadagur). The custom is that wifes should take especially good care of their husbands on "Bóndadagur" (Mensday). In many homes in Iceland that is still the case.
The following month Góa is the month of women, starting with Women's Day (Konudagur). The tradition of honoring Women's Day is more prevelant than Bóndadagur and is celebrated in many Icelandic households.
More and more companies and people outside Iceland are using ".is" domains. Some of them are not familiar with ISNIC's technical requirements. One of these requirements is the 24 hour TTL (time-to-live) rule for NS records (as opposed to the common/default 1 hour or even smaller TTL). If your DNS hosting company does not allow you modify the TTL of individual records in your zone, you need to find a hosting company that does. You need to ask them to register their nameservers with ISNIC. This registration is free of charge and most DNS providers respond quickly and register as they want to keep you as their happy customer.
We belive pepople are not only registering under .is because it's a nice and beautiful domain, but also because they know that strict technical requirements, robust and secure DNS service, and an accurate Whois information are important to the thrustworthyness of all .is-domains. Reed about the importance of the TTL (time to live) record in our recent article on this topic here.
ISNIC the .is Registry.
Dear customer, we wish you a happy and prosperous new year. Looking forward to serve you in 2015.
The ISNIC team.
This is an actual conversation from last Monday, copied from ISNIC's Web-chat:
rep: Hello how may I help you?
customer: Good afternoon, I need some advice. I want to give someone a .is-domain as a Christmas present, but I worry he will find out if he gets an email from ISNIC.
rep: There is no need to worry, just put your email instead of his/her in first, and then change it after he/she has opened the present.
customer: So, even if I register him as the owner, he won't receive an email?
rep: No, not as long as you don't register his/her email address to begin with.
customer: Ok, good. How long does it take to be ready after I register the domain?
rep: New domains will appear every 20 min. or so. So the waiting time is max 20 min after registration is complete. Just remember to change the email address after Christmas.
customer: Ok great, just one more question :) How much is the cost for me, and will I be charged automatically next year or can he overtake the bill then?
rep: The annual fee, your total cost, is €29.90. You only need to uncheck the automatic renewal option and he will get a reminding email in a year from now.
customer: Ok, so he will not come into any problems or cost if he decides not to renew the domain?
rep: No. ISNIC will credit the bill for renewal and delete the domain automatically if no payment is received.
customer: Ok, thanks for the assistance, I am going to do it!
rep: Thank you too. Too bad we can't rap the domain in Christmas paper and send you!
customer: he he
ISNIC's board decided this afternoon to lower the Doman year fee for .is domains to €29.90, exl. VAT, affected immediately after the meeting today, or about 17.00 GMT.
The hosting company 1and1 has problems with DNS operations. .is domains which are hosted by them, may be severely affected.
ISNIC's requirements for a TTL value (Time To Live) of 86400 sec. for NS records is suprising for many technical personnel and even irritates some. Most are not used to such strict requirements and some do not even understand what the TTL value is or how to change it. They therefore conclude that this is an unneccessary requirement. The reality is that there are very good and valid reasons for this requirement as recent examples show:
1. TTL values of DNS resource records tell resolvers how long they should cache records they receive. This stops them from sending queries to authoritative nameservers repeatedly for the same record. Most records in DNS are rarely changed, so a low TTL causes unneccessary traffic and load on the authoritative nameservers. The only downside to a high TTL is that changes to records have to be planned in advanced and the TTL lowered before the change, and raised again after the change. ISNIC allows for this, as our systems send warnings to contacts for 8 weeks after a technical fault is found, before the domain is put on hold. This gives administrators a reasonable time to fix errors that are found.
2. A new kind of DDoS (Distributes Denial of Service) attack has been observed recently, which has been called "DNS Slow Drip Attack". In DDoS attacks many computers are used to flood a victims service with requests, until it is unable to respond, effectively knocking the service off line. DNS is specially vulnerable to these kind of attacks because of it's open nature and use of UDP packets. The UDP protocol makes it trivial to spoof addresses which makes it very difficult to filter attacking packets from legitimate uses.
3. The Slow Drip Attack works like this: An attacker creates a flood of requests for random records under the domain that is to be attacked. If e.g. "domain.is" is under attack they would query for aaaa.domain.is, aaaba.domain.is etc. The requests are always random and almost never for the same value twice. These queries can be sent through open resolvers, such as Google Public DNS. Since these records do not exist, the nameserver responds with NXDOMAIN. It does this as fast and for as long as it can, but the torrent of requests only grows until the server is no longer able to respond fast enough and becomes unresponsive to all queries. This effectively knocks out every service under the victims domain. If the attack is large enough it can also affect the service of the TLD under which the victims domain is (see dafa888.wf attack).
4. If the TTL value for the NS records of a victims domain is low (dafa888.wf has a TTL of 600 sec.) it means that the TLD nameservers see a large part of the traffic from the attackers. If the TTL is 86400 sec, like ISNIC's requirements dictate, each resolver will only ask for the NS records of the victims domain once every 24 hours. With a TTL of 600, they will query for the NS records once every ten minutes. A high TTL will in these cases stop an attack like this from affecting every domain under the TLD, as was the case with dafa888.wf.
Unfortunetly a high TTL value does not help the victim in this case, since the queries are all for records that are not in the victims zone (See Negative Cache), but it does minimize the size of the attack and stops colleteral damage. So, while ISNIC's requirements for a rather high TTL values are sometimes vilified unjustly, they are very valid and have proven it's technical and security values many times.
ISNIC has suspended domains that were used for the website of a known terrorist organisation. The majority of ISNIC's board made this decision today, on the grounds of Article 9 of ISNIC's Rules on Domain Registration, which states: "The registrant is responsible for ensuring that the use of the domain is within the limits of Icelandic law as current at any time."
Never before has ISNIC suspended a domain on grounds of a website's content.
Updated 2014-10-13 13:00 Added link to Isnic Rules
Please note that all nameservers, used to host .is-domains, must be registered with ISNIC.
If the nameservers, on which you wish to host your .is domains, are not already registered with ISNIC, you must ask your your hosting company, i.e. internet service provider, to register them with ISNIC. This is done here: https://www.isnic.is/en/host/new. The registration is of course free of charge.
Your service provider then automatically becomes your domain's "Zone Contact" towards ISNIC. The Zone Contact must have full authority over the nameservers, and be both willing and able to remedy all technical problems with all .is-domains hosted on his nameservers.
Please read ISNIC's tech. requirements and see where to Register nameserver by ISNIC if you intend to host and serve .is-domains, one of the most secure and clever Top Level Domains (TLD's) on the internet.
Any questions? please ask Google or use our webchat "Svarbox®", here on isnic.is.
ISNIC's office is closed today, first Monday in August - the Merchants holiday in Iceland. We will be back on Tuesday.
You can register and manage your .is-domain online, as usually, by logging into your account here on isnic.is. If you have forgotten your username (NIC-handle) and PW, just type the name of your domain(s) in the big search window and then press the Lost password link located by your email-address.
The ISNIC team will be back for you on August 5. - nine o'clock sharply.
Do you think of your system admin? For the past 14 years, the last friday of July is celebrated as System Administrators Day. Go to http://sysadminday.com/ for more information and suggestions.
Registries are often asked to suspend domains linked to websites that the police considers illegal or companies and institutions belive to infringe on their intellectual rights.
The 26th of May 2014 torrentz.eu was suspended in response to a request by the Police Intellectual Property Crime Unit in the UK, without a court order. The operators of the website immediately registered, with different top-level domains, five new domains where the website was accessible. The original domain was then unsuspended briefly after it had been suspended.
Domains are used for much more than to address websites. Email is always sent using a domain, and domains are often used to connect users to their home and work networks. Domains can hardly be considered illegal any more than a street address. A street address is not illegal even if there is illegal activity in one apartment at the address. When a domain is suspended the website or the content itself is not, as became apparent when torrentz.eu was suspended. A suspension of a domain does not lead to a total blocking of the website it points to.
When domains are suspended, as described above, it does not only indignate the website's visitors, but it also disrupts email and other services, which are unrelated to the website, that the domain facilitates. Disruption of email communication and service, unrelated to the website that is meant to be closed, is utterly unnecessary and unacceptable in these instances. A suspension of a domain is in a way comparable to banning the use of an address of an apartment building depriving everyone at that particular address of their postal service. Additionally, the suspension of individual domains can affect other domains, specially in the situation when domain service is a registered subdomain.
Finally, it should be noted that when registries and registrars are made to suspend domains it can create negative publicity within the internet community, harming the top-level domain and reducing its credibility. It is difficult to rectify that sort of damage that easily could be avoided with increased awareness and proficiency of the technical workings of the internet.
A .is domain has never been shut down on court order in spite of several attempts.
This sunday, may 25th, is the international towel day. It's a tribute to Douglas Adams, the author of Hitchhiker's Guide To The Galaxy.
You are urged to share it with a towel, photographs and other people. See the website towelday.org for details.
The .is extension is not only beautiful for it self, it's unique in the way how well it fits with persons and companies names and adjectives, e.g. when building a search engine catchy domain sentance like: toyota.is/thebestcar/intheworld.
Iceland is a peaceful litle country with stable economy and politics. It is known for respecting human rights and for being one of the oldest democracy in the world. The icelandic parliment, "Althingi", was founded in the summer of 930 by the Vikings, only about 60 years after the settlement of Iceland.
The .is top level domain is ideal for those who want to present a professional and trustworthy image all over the world, and show their commitment to the region as well.
ISNIC's office will be closed Monday, April 21st. We open again on Tuesday, April 22nd.
The web portal is up and running as usually. You can register and manage your .is-domain online, by logging into your account here on isnic.is.
New top level domains (TLDs) have started to flood the domain market. A few examples of these new TLDs are: .academy, .cab, .carreers, .center, .company, .computer, .construction, .contractors, .diamonds, .directorym, .domains, .enterprises, .kitchen, .land, .limo, .management, .photos, recipes, .sexy, .shoes, .systems, .tattoo, .technology, .tips, .today and .voyage to name a few.
Many have predicted that the decision by ICANN/IANA to open up registration of new TLDs would inflict dramatic changes to the internet. Others point out that this is not the first time that new TLDs have been introduced (.museum, .biz, .xxx, .job, .info, .pro), which to date have made very little impact at all. One thing's for sure, the changes now are bigger than we've ever seen before and the uncertainty and possibilities are therefore greater.
Internet á Íslandi - ISNIC does not have any plans to service or register other TLDs than .is, but ISNIC will, like all established registries, have to adapt to these great changes. In our opinion, these new TLDs open up new possibilities as competition grows. ISNIC will continue to offer a safe and secure DNS service with high technical standards. We've already seen that these new TLDs have caused many registries to open up their registrations and relaxed some of the more inhibiting registration requirements. ISNIC will continue to grow foreign .is registrations, as it has done these last few years. That is unavoidable, mainly due to the small size of the domestic market in Iceland. Some people find this regrettable and maintain that ccTLDs should first and foremost be for the domestic population and businesses. Others say that any such local-precense requirements is contrary to the spirit and nature of the internet, which is why limitations of that nature are slowly disappearing.
One thing is for sure, there will only be one .is and it is arguably one of the most beautiful TLDs on the internet.
Our web portal will be open 24/7 as usual, and you can manage and register your .is-domains after login on isnic.is.
24.12. Office closed.
25.12. Office closed.
26.12. Office closed.
27.12. Friday, open as usual.
30.12. Monday, open as usual.
31.12. Last day of 2013, open 09-12 (GMT).
01.01. Office closed.
ISNIC sends warm greetings to all of it's customers, very many new ones from all over the world who now have a nice litle .is domain in 2013.
Happy new year!
Becouse of our "litlu jól" (staff x-mas party) we can't answer the phone after 15.00 Hour (GMT) today :)
Registrants can now add DS records for their domains to the .is zone. This formally makes it possible to activate DNSSEC for any .is domain. Shortly after this was enabled, the first DS records where added. Congratulation to the registrants of 'tass.is' and 'secure.is'.
DNSSEC for the ccTLD .is is now fully deployed and we encourage our registrants to secure their domains as soon as possible.
The Domain Name System (DNS) ensures that everyone can find resources on the internet in a simple way, by using domains and hostnames. Without DNS we would have to use the IP addresses of the resources we were looking for (web site, mail server etc.), but they are hard to remember and cumbersome to use.
From the beginning certain problems have been known with the way DNS is implemented (See RFC3833). These problems may allow attackers to disrupt the lookup process, either stopping people from accessing certain resources or directing users to different resources than they intended. Banks, insurance companies, commerce, government and other sites that handle important and critial data are popular targets for these kinds of attacks where the attackers look to seize personal information, login credentials and credit card information from unsuspecting users.
To fix these weaknesses, an extension of the DNS protocol, DNSSEC (DNS Security Extensions), was created. DNSSEC makes it possible for DNS servers to cryptographically sign their responses so that users are assured that the response they get originated from the correct DNS server.
ISNIC has now finished the first stage in implementing DNSSEC for the .is TLD, by signing the .is zone and having the corresponding DS records published in the root zone by IANA. Records in the is zone can now be authenticated by properly configured DNS resolvers that support DNSSEC.
The next step in the implementation is to allow domain holders to publish their DS records in the .is zone so their signed zone can be authenticated by the chain of trust to the root zone. Then domain holders can be assured that properly configured resolvers can and will authenticate responses from their domain servers and will disregard attempts from attackers to disrupt or poison the DNS system.
See RFC4033, RFC4034 and RFC4035 regarding the definitions of DNSSEC and RFC6781 regarding DNSSEC operational practices. ISNIC uses open source software, OpenDNSSEC to manage keys and signing of records in the is zone.
DNSSEC service will be included in the yearly fee for all domains.
Today ISNIC began levying a special fee of €2.0 for printing and sending out bills via conventional mail.
Receiving paper bills via conventional mail is optional and users can select not to receive any such bills, thus avoiding these charges. ISNIC assumes that non-domestic billing contacts elect not to receive bills via conventional mail, only by email. If a registrant needs paper based bills, he can instruct the billing contact to change the default setting. See the "Cancel paper" option under "My settings".
As before, ISNIC will not charge any transaction fee for those that choose to pay via online baking (mostly domestic users). We still recommend all to pay and renew via credit card by using ISNIC's automatic renewal for security.
Electronic versions of bills and charging summaries are made available to the billing contacts via the ISNIC web after login.
ISNIC's office is closed today, first Monday in August, which is the yearly "Merchants weekend" (verslunarmannahelgi) in Iceland. We will be back again tomorrow morning.
ISNIC's phoneservice is closed today, friday, March 1. due to a Workshop.
Our service is a "self service" and any normal domain issue, such as renewal, invoice retrieval, change billing contact, registrant transfer, domain redelegation, forwarding and parking a domain, can all be performed directly on our website.
Please use our new search/login window (here above) to locate your NIC handle (login information) and password reset options if you have problems logging into the system.
We are constantly increasing our on-line services, and recommend that everyone should be familiar with it, and also review your domains registration. Negligence can cost you your domain. One security tool, is automatic renewal with credit card, which renews your domain automatically 60 days before it expires. Summer vacation is another problem area, where the renewal notice may become lost or unseen during the time the contacts are away from their e-mail.
On january 1st 1983, TCP (Transmission Control Protocol) was made the default protocol for network communication on the ARPAnet. TCP replaced NCP which had been the primary protocol since 1969. At the time, about 400 hosts were connected to the network. Today, connected devices are estimated to number over one billion (ISC Survey).
ISNIC maintained a hostcount between 1990 and 2010 for registered hosts. Starting in 1990 with 14 hosts - up to 300 thousand in 2010 when we stopped counting! (ISNIC Survey).
ISNIC's office will be closed over the holidays until 27th of December, but you can still register your beautiful .is-domain on-line as always.
If you haven't done it before, just start by writing the domain idea in the big Google like search window above and go from there.
"We whish you a merry christmas, and a happy new year."
From the announcement:
Advisory — D-root is changing its IPv4 address on the 3rd of January. This is advance notice that there is a scheduled change to the IPv4 address for one of the authorities listed for the DNS root zone and the .ARPA TLD. The change is to D.ROOT-SERVERS.NET, which is administered by the University of Maryland. The new IPv4 address for this authority is 18.104.22.168 The current IPv6 address for this authority is 2001:500:2d::d and it will continue to remain unchanged. This change is anticipated to be implemented in the root zone on 3 January 2013, however the new address is currently operational. It will replace the previous IP address of 22.214.171.124 (also once known as TERP.UMD.EDU). We encourage operators of DNS infrastructure to update any references to the old IP address, and replace it with the new address. In particular, many DNS resolvers have a DNS root “hints” file. This should be updated with the new IP address. New hints files will be available at the following URLs once the change has been formally executed: http://www.internic.net/domain/named.root http://www.internic.net/domain/named.cache The old address will continue to work for at least six months after the transition, but will ultimately be retired from service.
The 18th of November 2012 marks the 25 year anniversary of IANA's delegation of the .is ccTLD to Internet á Íslandi hf. (ISNIC), or rather it's predecessor, called SURIS. The .is registration information can be found here.
ISNIC has already presented the Icelandic internet community with two gifts on this anniversary year; A new stratum 1 NTP time server (timeserver.is) has been established, open to the domestic internet, and the Reykjavík Internet Exchange (RIX) has been upgraded to support 10 Gb connections. The RIX upgrade will make general broadcasting of multimedia content in Iceland much easier. One customer, Símafélagið ehf. is already connected to RIX on 10 Gb.
The third gift to the Icelandic internet community will be the writing of the history of the internet in Iceland, which is planned to be published in 2014, around the time that registered .is domains will likely top 50.000. We kindly ask that those who have any material from the first years of the internet in Iceland please forward it to ISNIC for inclusion. Icelandic historian, Mr. Sumarliði R. Ísleifsson, is in charge of documenting the history.
Shanghaidaily.com published an interesting news from a local court yesterday about a domain.
The question is can a domain be seized and auctioned? According to ShanghaiDaily.com: "The court agreed, ruling that the domain name is the identity of a company in the Internet world and it has economic value, and thus can be seized even if there is no specific provision on the issue in the law."
ISNIC has installed a professional grade NTP server (time0.ntp.is). NTP Clients and servers can therefore access a stratum 1 timeserver in Iceland. The timeserver is GPS based, and retrieves it's information from an antenna located on the top of the office tower where ISNIC's office is located. ISNIC provides a seperate timeserver, which is a member of the pool.ntp.org project, and is directly and immediately accessible to anyone who installs a Linux or FreeBSD OS automatically.
If you use native IPv6 and are located in Iceland, you can use 2.is.pool.ntp.org in your configuration to make sure you're accessing the local IPv6 address of the server as a first choice, otherwise you can use is.pool.ntp.org in your timeserver configuration.
Operating a public NTP service is a long term project, which strengthens and improves the domestic internet. Access to an accurate and not so distant timeservers is very important for many of the services operated on the internet, and on your network. The clock can be viewed on www.timeserver.is
ISNIC's System Administrator, Mr. Björn Róbertsson, has implemented the NTP service.
ISNIC is always evolving the registration of .is domains. A very important change, which is designed to increase the security of .is domains further, is being planned. This includes being able to mark domains as "very important domains", or VID.
VID's will get special treatment, especially regarding rights and renewals. So called VID insurance means that a VID's registration never expires accidentally. It will also be harder to transfer VID's to new registrants, since it will require confirmation from the registrants themselves, either digitally or a signed confirmation.
To prepare for this change, domain registrants are asked to update the registrants email at ISNIC, which can be done under "Modify Registration" on My Page. Only the administrative contact can edit the registrant information. In the fall, all administrative contacts and registrants with a registered email address will get an email where these changes will be explained in detail.
ICANN has finally published who applies for which new generic TLDs. The New gTLD strings, inholds hunderds of generic Domain ideas. Some are good and some bad.
These are the most wanted according to the list:
13 applicants want .APP.
11 companies and persons would like to own and run .HOME and .INC.
10 parties understanding art applied for .ART.
9 applications were received for: .BLOG, .SHOP .BOOK og .LLC.
8 would like to run: .DESIGN, .MOVIE og .MUSIC.
7 applied for each of these: .HOTEL, .NEWS, .MAIL, .LTD, .CLOUD, .LOVE, .WEB, og .STORE.
6 companies want .VIP, .ONLINE, .CORP, .CPA, .NOW, .TECH, .BABY, .LAW, .GMBH, og .GROUP.
5 have interest in .SITE, .TICKETS, .BUY, .FREE, .STYLE, .GAME, og .SALE.
And four would like .GAY.
ISNIC is the registry for the beautiful ccTLD .is which is 25 year old this year.
Today is 'IPv6 Launch Day'. It differs from last year because now all participants are asked to keep IPv6 support turned on from now on! Whether you're an ISP or device manufacturer - you're asked to make it a default item.
ISNIC (and therefore the .is domain as well) has been IPv6 capable for some time, and all our operations are accessible through IPv6. Some thoughts from ISNIC's System Admin can be found here.
ISNIC's customers can now access their bills and transaction overview under "Invoices" on "My Page". This function was requested by ISNIC's listed Providers (Registrars), but is just as useful for general registrants also. The customer's billing contact (as listed in Whois) uses his/her NIC-handle to access to the business transactions of that customer.
With the adoption of this new service ISNIC will gradually reduce printed material, and eventually only send out printed bills to those customers who have "opted-in" (still to come on "My Page") to receive printed bills and have accepted to be charged for postage.
ISNIC is responsible for the safe and fair operation of the top level domain ".is". ISNIC maintains a high technical reliability of all .is-domains around the world. On this website ISNIC provides a web based registration system for administering .is-domains for everyone.
To support .is domains, ISNIC provides a network of high quality name servers distributed around the world. ISNIC's service has a reputation of fairness and 100% Domain-Name-Server (DNS)uptime for 25 years.
The domain hi.is (University of Iceland) is one of the oldest domains in the world, registered on December 11th 1986 by SURIS, the forerunner of ISNIC, even though the ccTLD .is itself was registered almost a year later on November 18. 1987 at IANA.
"First Day of Summer" (the third thursday in April) is a public holiday in Iceland. Therefore our office is closed today. ISNIC whises you a happy and productive summer and thanks you for your business this past winter. We are open again tomorrow.
The "Whois" search window (top-right) is a very useful item on this page. If you lookup your domain, you will see all pertinent information about it there; the registrant, the contacts, the hosting information and the DNS provider. A domain is just the last part with the .is suffix - not the www.
The NIC-handle is your "username" or "login" for the ISNIC web portal. Please remember, it's the registrants responsibility to review and maintain the information about the domain, and the Administrative Contact is the person who usually carries out this task. All operations are on this website and are carried out by one of the contacts, who each have slightly different privileges. Technical and billing contacts cannot transfer or delete your domain. Only the Administrative Contact can change all information.
Most people forget their password. Use "Lost Password" to create a new password for your NIC handle if you have forgotten yours. The "Lost Password" link is sent to the e-mail address registered for the contact. Note that an incorrectly configured spam filter may put this message in your spam folder, so please check that.
ISNIC's office will be closed during Easters untill Tuesday the 10th of April. No domains will be closed automatically untill then. Happy holidays :).
Your ISNIC, the .is Registry.
The RIX (Reykjavik Internet Exchange) has been fully upgraded to support 10GB connections. The RIX is a independent peering exchange operated by ISNIC. It's located at Dunhagi 5 and Höfðatún 2.
RIX (Reykjavik Internet Exchange) is an peering exchange point operated by ISNIC, the .is Registry in Reykjavik. There are two connection points, one in Dunhagi 5 (on the University of Iceland grounds) and one in Höfðatún 2. Anyone with their own AS number and IP network can connect.
ISNIC has deployed 10GB switches in both location and they'll be interconnected in the very near future. By connecting the local Internet Service Providers, ISNIC takes an active role in improving the local internet community by increasing the possible speed between providers with 10GB options.
The RIX is a not-profit part of ISNIC's operation and the increase to 10GB prompts the first increase in the connection rates for years!
Published before on September 12. 2011.
The .is registration rules (.is domain policy) have been reorganized and rewritten. No substantial changes have been made but the rule wording has been changed and modernized. The ISNIC's Rules now include a new section on Domain Dispute Lock, which is a new service. The new domain rules are in effect from November 1st 2011.
Sometimes our customers ask (and with right) "what is it we are paying ISNIC for"? The short version of the answer is to explain what happens if ISNIC stops servicing the domain. Then neither email nor the webpage will be found, in fact the domain disappears off the internet!
Companies like ISNIC are called Registries. They are only about 200 in the world, and they manage the worldwide Domain Name System (DNS) together.
The central operation of ISNIC is to run the DNS for the Top Level Domain .is, but all domains need a DNS-service to be found on the Internet. The domain and the DNS is a simple but clever and very effective way to find an IP-address which then connects users to an email or a web server on the Internet. Even though you might change your ip-address (i.e. your hosting) the domain will stay unchanged.
Many videos can be found on YouTube that explain the DNS-system. One of the good ones is DNS Basics, prepared by Johnson T. Rafallo, a young network and computer technician student.
A true leader and pioneer in the world of computers, Mr. Steve Jobs, has passed away - at only 56 years of age. The economist.com states today: "NOBODY else in the computer industry, or any other industry for that matter, could put on a show like Steve Jobs...".
As many of our customers know, ISNIC has been familiar with Steve's products for a long time - but our offices have only used Apple computers for years, because they envelope our needs as a registry for quality, reliability and security.
The .IS registration rules (.is domain policy) has been reorginzed and rewritten. No substantial changes have been made but the rule wording has been changed and modernized. The reorganization work was done by a law student Steindór Dan Jensen in cooperation with the ISNIC staff. The new rules will come into effect on November 1 2011.
ISNIC is the registry operator for the country code Top Level Domain (ccTLD) .is (Iceland).
ISNIC is responsible for the safe and fair operation of the .is domain, and maintains a high technical reliability of all .is-domains. On this website ISNIC provides a web based registration system for administering .is-domains. To support .is domains, ISNIC provides a network of high quality name servers distributed around the world. ISNIC's service has a reputation of fairness and 100% Domain-Name-Server (DNS)uptime for almost 25 years. The domain hi.is (University of Iceland) is one of the oldest domains in the world, registered December 11th 1986.
On our website you will find information relevant to the registration and administration of .is-domains. We also explain fundamental procedures, like choosing provider (ISP), transferring domain to a new registrant (holder) and automatic domain renewal.
Today, June 17th is the Iceland National Day, or independence day.
ISNIC, and most Icelandic companies are therefore closed. ISNIC's office is open again on monday. You register and pay for an .is domain here on our website 24/7.
Like all icelandic companies, ISNIC closes it's office today. We will be back on friday.
A recently launched service in the ISNIC solution enables the owners of .is domains to redirect one domain to another, commonly refered to as web forwarding. This is a limited DNS service which can be useful for additional domains like temporary marketing domains or domains containing Icelandic characters (IDN domains).
Some use the ISNIC forwarding service to redirect a .is domain to their Facebook page such as stina.is.
If a domain with Icelandic characters is registered to the same ID number as the main domain a 90% discount is applied to the yearly IDN domain fee. There is no additional charge for the forwarding service which is included in the yearly domain fee.
ISNIC closes the offices during the easter vacation like so many Icelandic businesses.
Easter lasts from 22nd April - 25th April.
We will be available again on tuesday, 26th April.
Domains can be registered at any time if you use a credit card.
Note that 21st April is a bank holiday in Iceland (first day of summer) and ISNIC is closed as well.
The annual McAfee® report "Mapping the Mal Web" listing the worlds riskiest domains 2010 has just been released. The report finds that yet again the .is domain is in good order with regards to very high reliability and the lack of errors.
According to McAfee® the .is domain is the best Scandinavian domain, the 6th best in Europe and the 11th best in the world for 2010 (McAfee, Mapping the Mal Web 2010, pg. 18). A total of 6.102 .is-domains were investigated that referred to as many websites and email addresses. A search was done for malware, websites with browser exploits, spamminess and high risk websites run by suspect companies or individuals.
The response time of domains and error frequency was also investigated. The so called weighted error and risk frequency of the .is-domain was measured at 0.2%, which places the .is domain in place 96 of the 102 tested, the fewest errors were detected on the ccTLD .gg which, according to McAfee, is the best and most secure domain in Europe. Surprisingly .dk (Denmark) is in second place in Scandinavia and .fi (Finland) being the least secure in Scandinavia with 100% more errors than .is and in 23. position in Europe, central Asia and Africa. The error frequency of .fi increased by 41.5% between years.
The least secure country level domain in Europe, central Asia and Africa is .cm (Cameroon) where the error frequency was found to be 22.2%. The worst and least secure country code in the world is .vn (Vietnam) which has a 29.4% error and risk frequency.
It is of interest that the common domain .com is now in 1st place on the overall list as the most insecure domain - replacing .cm (Cameroo) that held the position last year. A very high proportion of .com domains tested (31.3%) were found to contain errors or risk factors. The second place is occupied by .info, a relatively young top level domain which was ment to be come a very secure domain.
It is of concern that such a large share of domains belonging to the largest top level domain are found to contain errors, viruses and other security dangers for the common user. This can only damage the trust in the Internet and could, if not handled correctly, reduce transactions over the Internet.
The above shows how important the correct management and operation of Top Level Domains are to the quality and trust of the domain. ISNIC encourages all interested, especially legislators, to study the report thoroughly. It can be found using Google to search for "Mapping the Mal Web 2010".
Today is the 40th anniversary of FTP, the original file sharing protocal (File Transfer Protocol). It's described by RFC114 which was published on this day in 1971 by Abhay Bhushan.
It's still used by many applications and still used to publish (upload) to the web documents and files which are usually made available to web browser which use HTTP to read and present our web-pages.
Prior to graphical web browsers, the most common tools to 'browse' were telnet, gopher, irc and ftp. Ftp was synonymous with 'download' and 'upload'.
The number of new domains in february were 672 compared to 558 in february 2010, giving an increase of about 20%. The number of deleted domains were 225 compared to 200 in february 2010. The net increase in domains in february this year is about 447 domains compared to 358 in february 2010. This is a nice surprise for ISNIC and the Internet community in Iceland. A registration of a domain is often the first step of realizing a new idea, a plan or a promise of something that is going to be. An increase in domain registrations might therefore be viewed as a strong sign of more optimism in Iceland. We wish the new 672 .is-domains registered in february all the best.
The number of new domains in february were 672 compared to 558 in february 2010, giving an increase of about 20%. The number of deleted domains were 225 compared to 200 in february 2010. The net increase in domains in february this year is about 447 domains compared to 358 in february 2010. This is a nice surprise for ISNIC and the Internet community in Iceland.
A registration of a domain is often the first step of realizing a new idea, a plan or a promise of something that is going to be. An increase in domain registrations might therefore be viewed as a strong sign of more optimism in Iceland. We wish the new 672 .is-domains registered in february all the best.
Under what circumstances would ISNIC close or delete the domain wikileaks.is based on the contents of their website?
The answer is simple, such an action would require a formal court order from an Icelandic court. ISNIC has never been handed such a verdict about any .is-domain during its close to 25 years of history.
ISNIC is not responsible for the registrant's usage of his/her domain, the contents of email sent from the domain's email addresses (e.g. firstname.lastname@example.org) or the content of the domain's web pages (e.g. www.wikileaks.is). It is ISNIC's duty and prime function to maintain uninterrupted service to all .is-domains, at all times, anywhere in the world. Only Icelandic authorities, armed with a court order, can order ISNIC to delete or close down a particular .is-domain. This has, as said before, never happened.
Registrants (who've read our Rules and FAQ) know however that domains may be closed for two main reasons. Once closed, the system will delete a domain automatically pending a 60 day grace period. During this process the domain's contacts receive multiple notices and warnings. The reasons for closing a domain are: non-payment of the domain's fees, or if the domain's registration or technical setup is not according to ISNIC's specifications, rules and regulations. So, in short, the only way wikileaks.is would be closed (and eventually deleted) by ISNIC is if its registrant would not renew the domain or if it's technical DNS setup and/or whois registration would no longer be according to ISNIC's registration rules.
While a domain dispute is being processed by the authorities, it is necessary to prevent the disputed domain from being transferred (it's registrant changed) to a third party.
ISNIC will therefore implement the possibility of placing a domain into dispute-lock. The requesting party must produce documentation proving that the dispute has been accepted for resolution by an Icelandic court or other qualified party.
The following changes will be made to the .is registration rules:
To article 1 the following definition is added:
1.1.17 Dispute lock
Registrant of a domain under dispute lock can not be changed.
New article 12:
12. Dispute Lock
12.1 Parties to a dispute over a particular .IS domain can, under certain circumstances (see 12.4a,) request that ISNIC lock the domain such that the domain's registrant can not be changed.
12.2 Locking a domain does not affect the domain's technical status. Locked domains can be re-delegated to different hosting providers.
12.3 The lock requester registers the locking request electronically via the ISNIC web and pays the locking fee according the the ISNIC tariff. Accompanying the request must be copies of the case documentation as delivered to the appropriate resolution authority (see 12.4).
12.4 ISNIC considers locking requests if accompanied by verification that the case has been brought to resolution by
a) Icelandic Courts or
b) The Icelandic Consumer Agency or
c) The ISNIC Board of Appeals or
d) any other party, formally qualified to issue a legally binding verdict in the case.
12.5 The dispute-lock on a domain lasts for 6 months. It can be extended another 6 months without
a renewed application if a resolution is expected within 6 months and progress is documented on the case.
If the case is unresolved after 12 months a new locking application must be made and new documentation
submitted indicating that the case is still being processed by the appropriate resolution authority.
12.6 A domain under dispute-lock is transferred to the lock requester if
a) the current registrant deletes the domain or
b) the current registrant ignores a verdict to delete, or to transfer, the domain to the lock applicant.
12.7 A domain transferred to the lock requester has it's creation date set to the day the dispute resolution is implemented by ISNIC.
12.8 If a reconciliation is reached during the dispute-lock period, the lock requester must register this with ISNIC, closing the case and lifting the registry lock. The locking fee is not refunded.
The Icelandic ministry of Communications has proposed a new law concerning the country code top level domain .is. The proposed new law also covers any future top level domains that in some way reference or are related to Iceland . For almost 25 years (since hi.is, the first .is domain was registered) the rules of ISNIC have been applied to the registration of .is domains. They will continue to apply but in the future (if the proposed bill is signed into law) will be backed up by laws and regulations.
ISNIC encourages the registrants of .is domains to study the proposed bill, and accompanying comments. Proposed new law about .is (in icelandic)
ISNIC has several reservations, but it is our wish that the new law will result in better protection for the registrants and preservation of the quality of the .is neighborhood. ISNIC has proposed amendments to better protect the independence of the domain, as an address on the internet, but not regulate and restrict so as to limit future development.
ISNIC is also of the opinion that questions regarding content stored on websites are unrelated to the domain itself. Domains are first and foremost addresses on the Internet. Domains as such do not have any content.
To day is "Þjóðhátíðardagur", the National Day of Iceland. We celebrate the proclamation of the Republic in 1944 and the birthday of Jon Sigurdsson, 1811-1879, the leader of the 19th century Icelandic independence movement.
A recent report published by McAfee, "Mapping the Mal Web" 2009, states that the ccTLD ".is" is amongst the 10 most secure domains in the world. There is only a 0,3% chance of a malicious .is domain involving viruses or other forms online threats.
The report paints a dark picture of the state of some top level domains (TLD's) and more than 100% increase in the number of risky domains in the world. As before the situation is most serious in Asia and the city of Shaoxing in China is known as the virus capital of the world. The Chinese authorities have cracked down on this issue and over a period of several months have removed 5,7 million .cn domains, or about 78% of the entire .cn-zone!
In Europe the worst hit is Romania (.ro) with about 21% chance of landing on an infected domain in the .ro-zone. It is thus best to proceed with caution when opening email or websites from these domains unless you are sure of its contents.
Source: CENTR, McAfee, Wikipedia.
Another video explains in simple terms how the Internet naming system (DNS) works.
ISNIC's services for the .IS domain are equivalent to the services explained for the .EU domain in the video.
At the end of October 2009, the total number of .IS domains has increased by 34% last 12 moths, and by 68% over end of October 2007. The staff of ISNIC has done many important changes last three years to improve the service, which has now payed off.
This connection was implemeted as IP over X.25 over a satellite link. At the time there were no cables to Iceland and the only way to implement datacircuts was using the X.25 network offered by the goverment/incumbent phone companies running the show.
X.25 was/is notoriously ill suited to transport IP packets and the circut bandwith was only 300-1200 bits/sec. This connection did however benefit the already growing network in Iceland, adding interactive (telnet) and file transfer (FTP) possibilites to the already existing indirect Internet connections (email and Usenet).
This circut was used for just about one year, replaced by a 9600 bit/sec leased line to Stockholm and Internet development in Iceland started.
The IS has been served by the ISC SNS@ISC system for some time now and together these two systems mean that the response time for delegation record lookup for .IS domains will be much improved globally. ISNIC will also have better defenses against various types of resource depletion on the .is nameserver set.
The ISNIC office is closed on Thursday 23rd April for "the first day of summer" which in Iceland is a public holiday. Thank you for the passing winter and have a happy summer!
The ISNIC staff
The ISNIC staff.
For more information on the development of the "Internet", as we know it, try search for the following: ARPANET, USENET, BITNET and for closer view; EUnet and NORDUnet (e.g. history of Nordic networking. Search for CERN, Tim Berners-Lee and Robert Caillau for information on the later develeopments, for example the World Wide Web (www.).
ISNIC's role is the management of the Top Level Domain .IS in the DNS system. The DNS system as we know it today is based on RFC1033, published in November 1987.
ISNIC will open on January 5th but you can still get your domains with our on-line payment system!
The ISNIC Team
The ISNIC domain tariff has now been changed, and the initial registration cost lowered as of December 1st 2008. Now only the first year fee needs to be prepaid, before the domain is registered, the special startup fee (initial registration fee) is no longer charged.
The registration/renewal fee is now EUR 39, for all domains. Invoices will from now on be issued in euros to reduce the exchange-rate risks involving Icelandic currency. No VAT is levied on registrations with foreign billing contacts.
See the ISNIC tariff for more information.
ISNIC maintains the security of it's domain registration by insisting on correct and up-to-date information on all registrants and all domain contacts, and by making the registration of .IS domains dependent on well defined technical requirements. Please reed about ISNIC's Technical Requirements.
For registrants who need a legal presence in Iceland, the Agents are still available and can assist with domestic matters such as copyright, trademarks or other issues.
Please note that ISNIC reserves the right to revoke registrations with wrong or incomplete contact information.
The ISNIC Team
The modification will remove fully the requirement for an Icelandic agent, ID number or a registered agent. However, we expect domestic registrations to include ID numbers for legal reasons and tax purposes.
The purpose of agents is still valid, however the reason for agents, overseas, is reduced and we point to the ISP application here on our website - which will be more beneficial for resellers. Local agents will still be available to foreign companies who require formal presence, and for issues regarding protection of trademarks, logos etc.
In order to maintain a accurate and trustworthy database, some additional amendments are made regarding the cancellation of domains. They will be available shortly and will be introduced on the ISNIC website.
The Board of ISNIC has agreed to modify the requirement for foreign registrations (Rule 2.3.1). Foreign registrants will here after be able to designate a registered agent as before, however the agent list will also include foreign agents who have a service agreement with ISNIC.
We expect the list to grow and allow any foreign registrant to register .is domains through their own local registrars. Those who have further questions or wish to become involved are welcome to contact us by email email@example.com or by phone.
ISNIC still expects all new domains to be correctly registered and for any domain, there will be a person or a company which can be contacted at any time, this will continue our effort to maintain a highly trustworthy and secure domain - which .IS certainly is.
This change is also in line with other Nordic and European countries and the global trend, which is to allow more and more people or companies to identify with the TLD they desire.
This has been formally announced as of September 30th 2008. Rules and regulations are enacted at first 30 days after they have been formally announced.
1. Select Contacts -> Register, from the menu, if you are a new user.
If are already a registered user you can enter your domain name in the Whois search field, top right hand corner. The result displays the NIC handles related to the domain. Use your NIC handle to login to the ISNIC web or submit a request for lost password.
2. If you have an ISNIC email for a new password, follow the URL and the instructions. You are now logged in and can register domains. If you want to register a .is domain you must enter correct contact information on the domain's registrant. This is a prime issue and makes .is domains highly trustworthy and secure. If you wish to be anonymous, you should not register .is domains.
3. Select Domains -> Register from the menu. Insert the domain name, including the .is ending. Type this correctly, since the domain will be registered according to what you type here. Click Submit and continue.
4. Select your hosting provider or insert your own nameservers. Choose Parking if you do not have a provider yet.
5. Enter the information about the registrant, all Icelandic registrants should have a ID number. Foreigners should enter their address information and must specify an icelandic administrative contact. See Domain->Agents for a list of possible agents.
6. Payment information can be entered directly after this. Alternatively continue with any of the deferred payment options, your domain is queued for registration. Note that payment is only deferred for two days, after that the domain becomes available again.
Your domain should be visible undir 'My Page' with the registration status and payment status. You can also finalize payment there.
After the payment has been verified the domain will be registered within 60 minutes. Creditcard payments are verified automatically.
ISNIC (Internet in Island AG) is the Registry for the Top Level Domain .IS.
Existing domains can similarly be registered for automatic renewal. The domain's admin or billing contact logs on the ISNIC web, selects Change Automatic Renewals, and clicks Register for automatic renewal for the each domain where automatic renewal is desired, either selecting to use their already registered creditcard, or registering one for the renewal. The domain will then be renewed 60 days prior to its expiry date, automatically every year while the card is valid.
The most heavily trafficked TLD in the world - .com - is, according to McAfee report, much riskier than the avaverage ccTLD by 28,3 percent! This is something to consider strongly when choosing the TLD for your business.
You can also contact us by email or by using the online chat (the yellow Svarbox logo on our website). When gray (off hours) it will send us your message which we will then respond to on next working day.
ISNIC has changed the technical requirements for .IS delegations. It is no longer required to provide zone-transfer access to registered .IS domains and a MX record is no longer required.
Technical requirements can be found on our website.
All registered domains under .IS are required to comply with these requirements and are periodically checked for compliance.
Foreign registrants of .IS domains have until now been required to confirm their ownership of the corresponding trademark at the Icelandic Patent Agency (Einkaleyfastofa) before the domain can be registered. This requirement has now been lifted.
Foreigners can now, just as Icelanders, register any .IS domain they please. Foreign nationals, however, are still required to identify a domestic contact person. This is a practical arrangement established to facilitate ISNICs ability to contact the domains supervisors. Rule no. 2.3.1. has been changed in accordance with the above mentioned, and rule no. 2.3.2. which stipulated dispensations from rule 2.3.1. has been nullified. After these changes all are equal in relation to the rules of ISNIC.
For more infromation see the K-root website http://k.root-servers.org/
On July 1 2004 ISNIC started accepting registration of localized (IDN) domain names. Names are restricted to the official icelandic alphabet (ASCII plus áéýúíóþæðö). During the registration "sunrise" period for localized domains (until January 1 2005), preference will be given to registrants of corresponding non-IDN names according to provisional article 14 of the .IS delegation rules.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for further information on this.