Do you ever get an email from a friend’s old email address, only to open it and see that it is spam?

Hotmail have a large security vulnerability, one which Google has taken good steps to avoid.

When you create an email address with Hotmail or Yahoo, you use it for all sorts of things.

You might use it to sign up for different services that are important to you.

If someone got access to your email, they can then access all your accounts on other websites that you signed up to with that email address.

For example, if you sign up to a shopping website with your credit card card info stored on that site, someone who takes control of your inbox could reset your password on the shopping site and then use your inbox to make a new password and gain access to all your info on the shopping site.

With Hotmail, if you do not sign into your email account within a certain amount of months, Microsoft simply deletes the whole account, meaning ANYONE can sign up using your exact email.

Once they have signed up with your old address, they have full access to your inbox and you have been shut out. All your old emails will be deleted, HOWEVER the inbox will still receive regular emails/newsletters from all the websites that you signed up for in the past. This will give the new owner of the inbox a list of services that you used. All they have to do is go onto those websites, hit “Reset my password” and they will have access to your account.

This is a huge security vulnerability which basically means you are bonded to your Hotmail accounts for life- you have to remember to sign in on any accounts you have once every 9 months or risk someone else taking control of the account.

Google have taken steps to prevent this: Though they reserve the the right to delete accounts for inactivity, once an account has been deleted, that exact email addres can NEVER be used again. This means that a random person can’t take control of your old email address and therefore all the other accounts that were associated with that.

I hope Hotmail institute a similar policy and stop allowing people to sign up using other people’s old email addresses.

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Review of Flippa’s Front Page Listing upgrade

by aussiedomainer on May 27, 2014

Recently I tried putting one of my auctions onto the front page of Flippa.

Usually I don’t do this as I can’t spare the $49 price tag, but I figured I would give it a shot as the auction was for a 10 site bundle.

Before I share the results- a quick update on my Flippa experiment from the last post. Another of the sites (Battle Day Online the game) has met reserve and will sell. That’s 3/10- so far so good.

(keep in mind that different auctions get different results. if you have a catchier title than mine, you might do better. If you have a non-catchy title or your domain is priced too high, some people might avoid clicking and you might get less views).

Here are the stats before the front page listing, about a day and a half before the auction ended:

beforefrontpage

 

After the auction ended:

afterfrontpage

As you can see my auction’s views went up over 100% in that time period. Of course some of these views were just the typical “last day rush” that sometimes happens when your auction appears in the “ending soon” tab on Flippa, but a lot of this was from the homepage listing.

The ad stayed on the home page for at least a solid 24 hours in my estimate.

The Flippa homepage is set up well in that your ad will appear at the top twice because there are 2 columns of homepage featured listings. This means when you first buy the upgrade it will appear at the top of the left hand column and about halfway through it’s stint on the homepage it will feature at the top of the righthand column.

One negative was that your front page listing now appears below the fold (at least on my computer) because there are 3 super premium listings that are featured above the fold and take up all the space. So if someone is going onto Flippa to type in a search term, they are unlikely to scroll down and see your listing, where as in the past they might have went onto Flippa to make a search but they would have seen your listing right there above the fold.

Conclusion:

The more people you can get to see your listing, the better. Flippa front page listing is good value for money as long as you are selling a site that is worth at least a few hundred dollars. If you are selling turnkey sites your profit margins will be destroyed by featuring your sites on the homepage.

If you are selling a site that is expected to go for a decent amount then I would definitely recommend using Flippa’s upgrade for the front page. Make sure you are putting plenty of effort into writing a really catchy headline so you get as many clicks as possible.

 

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Selling 10 sites on Flippa.. Another Flippa experiment

May 26, 2014

I noticed on my Flippa profile that over 80% of my listings were sold. That seemed higher than it felt so I decided to do a little experiment by listing 10 websites and seeing how many of them sell. I already sold one for its BIN price of $99. Another has met its reserve and […]

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Expiring domain ideas: May 21st, 2014

May 21, 2014

I’ve had a lot of time to work on different projects lately, and loving it. Working on a fun new game that I tried completing about a year ago but never had the time to finish it. If you are interested in having a game made, let me know ( admin@aussiedomainer.com )! I am happy […]

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And now for something new- Domain Name Dropping ideas for 15th May 2014

May 15, 2014

I’ve decided to start a new, regular series on this blog called “Domain name dropping ideas”. I know a lot of bloggers post lists of domain names that are dropping over the next 24 hours, but I’ve decided to add a little something and give my thoughts on what the name could be developed into. […]

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Finally got my first 4 figure sale (technically!)

May 12, 2014

I’ve been interested in domaining for a while, maybe about 4 years on a semi-serious level. I have had a few good moments but mostly I’ve just been learning the ropes. I’ve had a simple process- 1) Register a domain name 2) Sometime over the next year, realize the name was a poor buy and […]

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Only a laser aim will lead to profit for the new extensions

February 5, 2014

I’ve wrote a few posts over the last year or so talking about why buying into the new extensions are a bad idea. I’ve said that I think there are profits to be made there but it’s just a harder version of making profit in .com. If you are going to attempt to buy some […]

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Aussie Domainer’s Latest Flippa Experiment

January 28, 2014

I’m always experimenting with ways to make money online. I’m always game to try a new idea. So far, I’ve tried making sites and selling them on Flippa, selling on the warrior forum, doing services on Fiverr and running a web design site. They were mostly successful except warrior forum where I didn’t get any […]

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My first Warrior Forum experience

November 4, 2013

Next year, I’m moving overseas – I’m really excited, but it’s going to be pretty expensive. So lately I’ve been trying to liquidate my websites to raise money for the move. I’m up for trying any marketplace. So far, I’ve been selling on Flippa and Godaddy auctions but there was another website I’ve been wanting […]

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There’s still so much opportunity out there!

October 9, 2013

It’s such a common thing to feel that you have ‘missed the bus’ with domaining. It’s easy to think “oh, if only I had been around in 1995 to register those million dollar names.” But think about it. 1995 was nearly 20 years ago. Instead of looking back, look forward. 20 years from now is […]

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