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Quarterly kwacha rate review, Q4 2019

1 October 2019 04:08:30 +0000

Based on the current value of the Zambian kwacha in US dollars and recent trends, we are increasing our retail kwacha prices effective today and until the next quarterly review by about 4%.

Some sample rates:

  • webONE hosting plan (monthly): ZMW 210.00
  • mailONE hosting plan (monthly): ZMW 140.00
  • gTLD domain (annually): ZMW 266.00

Our new kwacha rates will be online within 24 hours.

Office hours

14 September 2019 12:40:24 +0000

NinerNet‘s offices will be closed from Monday 16 September and will re-open on Monday 23 September. Emergency support will continue to be available 24/7, but routine emails and enquiries will be dealt with on Monday 23 September. Thank-you.

Quarterly kwacha rate review, Q3 2019

1 July 2019 00:00:50 +0000

Based on the current value of the Zambian kwacha in US dollars and recent trends, we are increasing our retail kwacha prices effective today and until the next quarterly review by about 4%.

Some sample rates:

  • webONE hosting plan (monthly): ZMW 202.50
  • mailONE hosting plan (monthly): ZMW 135.00
  • gTLD domain (annually): ZMW 256.50

Our new kwacha rates will be online within 24 hours.

WordPress “PHP Update Required”

8 June 2019 09:26:11 +0000
Wordpress warning.

WordPress warning.

A number of clients have contacted us because they’ve noticed that WordPress is now displaying an ominous message on their dashboard that states, “WordPress has detected that your site is running on an insecure version of PHP.” This, unfortunately, is gratuitous, self-serving fearmongering (often referred to as “FUD“) on the part of WordPress the organisation. However, what is true is that version 5.2 of WordPress requires a higher version of PHP than our operating system vendor currently supplies. Therefore, providing the necessary version of PHP will require more work than just clicking a mythical “upgrade PHP” button somewhere, as some assume we just need to do.

Please be assured that we are alive to this issue, and are working to address it as soon as we can. However, it will likely take at least a couple of weeks.

Thank-you for your patience.

Right of registration to second-level dot-uk domains expires soon

7 June 2019 14:53:35 +0000

As you may be aware, Nominet (the registry for all dot-uk domains) now makes available registrations at the second level. This means you can now register your-company.uk, as well as or instead of your-company.co.uk — or even your-name.org.uk and other third-level domains.

As part of this process they have determined that existing owners of dot-co.uk domains have the first “right of registration” to a dot-uk domain corresponding to their existing dot-co.uk registration. In other words, if you are already the registrant of something.co.uk, you have the first right of registration to something.uk, before someone who might own something.org.uk, for example. However, this right expires on 24 June 2019. After that date anyone will be able to register any dot-uk domain, even if it is the same as your existing dot-co.uk domain, but without the “.co” part.

If you register a dot-uk domain corresponding to an existing dot-co.uk domain you will have several options with respect to the hosting of your website(s) and/or email. If you host with NinerNet, please contact us to discuss your options, or contact your hosting company if you do not host with NinerNet. If you do host with NinerNet, we can “alias” your new dot-uk domain to your existing dot-co.uk (or dot-org.uk) domain for no additional hosting charges.

If you would like to register any or all of the second-level dot-uk domains to which you are entitled, please contact us and we will work with you to register it/them before the deadline.

Quarterly kwacha rate review, Q2 2019

1 April 2019 00:00:09 +0000

Based on the current value of the Zambian kwacha in US dollars and recent trends, we are increasing our retail kwacha prices effective today and until the next quarterly review by about 4%.

Some sample rates:

  • webONE hosting plan (monthly): ZMW 195.00
  • mailONE hosting plan (monthly): ZMW 130.00
  • gTLD domain (annually): ZMW 247.00

Our new kwacha rates will be online within 24 hours.

New Canadian address

24 January 2019 09:23:44 +0000

Our Canadian head office mailing address has changed effective immediately. The new address is:

NinerNet Communications Company
202-15388 24 Avenue
Surrey BC  V4A 2J2

Our apologies for any inconvenience. We do provide ways to pay your invoices online; see the payment link in any invoice or payment reminder email.

Thank-you for your attention to this matter.

Quarterly kwacha rate review, Q1 2019

1 January 2019 00:00:20 +0000

Based on the current value of the Zambian kwacha in US dollars and recent trends, we are maintaining our retail kwacha prices until the next quarterly review.

Some sample rates:

  • webONE hosting plan (monthly): ZMW 187.50
  • mailONE hosting plan (monthly): ZMW 125.00
  • gTLD domain (annually): ZMW 237.50

Our kwacha rates are available on our website.

Scammers never sleep

31 December 2018 10:02:41 +0000

If you thought you could get a break from scammers over Christmas, think again. This one landed in our in box on Christmas day, as is clear from the date the countdown starts!

From: greatroadnorth.com is about to expire. <no-replay@renewal-service.info>
Reply-to: “greatroadnorth.com is about to expire.” <no-replay@renewal-service.info>
Subject: Domain Administrator
Date: Tue, 25 Dec 2018 17:52:19 +0000
Return-path: <01020167e67ef75e-d5d2ee16-fd2f-457e-9a8d-00dba3dc6492-000000@eu-west-1.amazonses.com>
X-spam-score: 2.125

Tucows Domains Inc.
====================
IMPORTANT NOTIFICATION
====================
greatroadnorth.com
Date: 2018-12-25

Dear Domain Administrator,

The Domain SEO-listing shown below are set for renewal and need to be processed in the next 48 hours.

No need to worry, please go to this link and follow the instructions:
renewal-service.info/greatroadnorth.com

Your product details are listed below:
====================

Product Name:
SEO-Renewal for greatroadnorth.com
Expire Time:
48 hours from 2018-12-25
Renewal cost per annum:
$69.00

====================
Amount due: $69.00

PAYMENT INFORMATION
Information on how to renew your domain can be found here:
renewal-service.info/greatroadnorth.com

This offer is only valid for 48 hours as a courtesy to let you know that your domain is expiring soon and this search engine optimization offer will expire.
Should your domain name expire, there is going to be a signifcant drop
in search engine services for your website, email and any other associated services.
This domain seo registration for greatroadnorth.com limited time offer will end in 48 hours from 2018-12-25.

Thank you!

Sincerely,
Renewal department

====================

Note:
You received this message because you elected to receive notification offers. Should you no longer wish to receive our offers, please unsubscribe here. If you have multiple accounts with us, you must opt out for each one individually.

Some characteristics of this spam/scam:

  • Your name (available from the WHOIS) will be in the subject, along with a flag emoji to draw attention to the email.
  • The name of your legitimate domain registrar (also available from the WHOIS) will be at the top of the email, even though they did not send the email.
  • There is the usual very close deadline (48 hours), after which the world will end for you and your domain.
  • The plain-looking links in the email mask tracking links to the domain wizz.netvalue.io.
  • The scammer makes the unusual claim that not sending them money will cause “a signifcant [sic] drop in search engine services for your … email”. This, of course, is absolutely false, as your email traffic is not tied directly to search engine traffic anyway.
  • Sent through the best and biggest “bulletproof” spam hosting service in the world: Amazon.

Given the fact that most gTLD registrars (including the ones we use) have not pubished WHOIS information since May 2018, these scams are being sent to old mailing lists compiled before publishing stopped, and are out of date. (For example, the domain that is the subject of this email no longer exists.) Changing the contact email address on your domain and shutting down the old address is something you should consider doing.

Christmas hours and wishes

26 December 2018 12:05:20 +0000

As another year comes to a close, we wish you, your family, your employees and colleagues and their families the best for the holiday season, a Happy Christmas, and all the best for the New Year. We thank you for your business in 2018; we have enjoyed serving you, and look forward to continuing to do so in 2019.

Please note that general administrative services will be unavailable between 22 December 2018 and 7 January 2019. We will once again be available at the start of the day on Monday 7 January.

That said, technical support will continue to be available at all times over the holiday, and all services and servers will continue to be monitored and maintained as necessary 24/7. Please email us if you need anything.

Thank-you again for your business and continuing to trust us.

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