New maps for outdoor adventures

Focusing on Pittsburg NH for its first geo location, Maps & Trails has launched its site: MapsTrails.com.

This geo area has weak or non-existent internet connection so online maps aren’t helpful. By printing a small pocket map that expands to an 18″x24″ guide, but folds down to 4″x9″, this map helps hikers, snowmobilers and others to stay on the trail as well as to know where local resources are located.

Maps & Trails hopes to expand to other geo-internet-challenged areas in the coming year.

Owner of Maps & Trails, and DDH Design, Diane Hill said: “Patrice at Biz-comm has always been a pleasure to work with the last 25 + years. I trust her skill and knowledge to produce a professional website that is well-designed, functional and secure. Happy to have her on my professional ‘team’.”

Beware of false registration bills

Today, I received a letter in snail mail for a $289 bill to register my domain name of biz-comm.com. The sender’s name was US Domain Authority, PO Box 1280, Hendersonville, NC 28793.

Hendersonville is a nearby town.

The letter included my registrar’s name, Network Solutions, which I have been with since 1996.  It provided a link to pay with a validation number. It looks very “official.”

THIS IS BOGUS! In fine print, it says “This is not a bill.” But, “Return by deadline to avoid (offer) expiration.” Note, not domain expiration, but “offer” expiration.

Yeah, right.

To those less than aware about scams, this could trick someone into paying so not to lose their domain name.

To my clients: 99% of you let me register your domain(s) in your own name/contact but under my master Network Solutions account so that I can keep track of due dates, etc. I haven’t ever–in 25 years–lost any domains by using my base original Network Solutions account. A few clients have used other registrars, and sadly to say, some have lost their domains. Whether poor registry security or user-error, it is a sad fact that domains can be lost.

At any rate, if you receive a bogus letter or email, please always check with us before you pay any registration fee. If you are managed under Biz-comm’s account with Network Solutions, your registration fee is included with your annual hosting bills and you are not billed separately.  If you are using your own registration set up, it doesn’t hurt to ask first before paying it.

Stay safe and check with us first.

Words to the wise…

I have held this position for years and it still holds true, whether joining a major “cloud” web hosting company, posting on blogs not hosted on your own server, or any of the apps to communicate, own your own stuff.  All biz-comm clients are on our dedicated servers and that may be “old school” these days, but so much more secure than joining a “cloud” account. By the way, “cloud” is just a marketing buzzword that means you are renting room on HUGE servers that can be taken down nationwide. See recent issues on the East Coast, USA when Amazon was targeted. Biz-comm didn’t go down because it is NOT an AWS (amazon cloud) account.

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