After the Fact
And e-mail scams now rely on look-alike sites and domain names to dupe unsuspecting victims into revealing personal information such as credit card and Social Security numbers, or to deliver malicious code. Takahashi said young companies in particular often pass up registering additional domains, or they need domains that are already in use. Fortunately, most domain registration sites now automatically give customers the option of registering various extensions. Domain registry site Register.com, for instance, offers 40 extensions. Takahashi suggests that companies register product names well in advance of release, as Google did with the Gmail.com domain.Click here to read about Googles domain-name registration of the gbrowser.com name, which could foreshadow the companys entry into the browser space.But the e-mail conundrum isnt easily solved if companies dont already own the domain. "In terms of protecting themselves, I dont think businesses can do much outside of trying to reserve domain names," Takahashi said. "In regards to e-mail, you cant do much after the fact." To ward off questions about the authenticity of the e-mails sent to its site, Georgewbush.org provided sample headers that substantiate the source of the e-mails it received. The site does believe that one e-mail is a hoax. Takahashi matched up the IP addresses of several e-mails and said most are likely legitimate. "Plus, if someone went through the trouble of faking these e-mails, I would imagine that they would be more interesting," he said. One e-mailer expressed concern about possible violations of campaign law regarding county assets. "Many counties are violating the campaign law as I understood it from you," the e-mailer wrote. "God help us if the Democrats find out." Check out eWEEK.coms Messaging & Collaboration Center at http://messaging.eweek.com for more on IM and other collaboration technologies.