The relative safety of Top Level Domains

As ICANN is in the midst of authorising the addition of over 1,000 new gTLD’s to the namespace Architelos publishes its latest Namespace Quality Index. The “NQI measures the relative concentration of abusive domain names in any given namespace, thus providing a comparative measure of safety”

“Specifi­cally, the NQI measures the number of abusive domain names per million (APM) Domains Under Management (DUM) in a TLD. The types of abuse include domains used for phishing, malware, botnet command-and-control, and domains advertised via spam sent from botnets and by other abusive means. The domains are reported by trusted security sources including Internet Identity, SURBL, Spamhaus, MalwareURL, ZeusTracker, SpyeyeTracker, and Malware Domain List.”

In their chart they then calibrate the TLD’s between:

  • Excellent – < 100 abusive domain names per million (APMs)
  • Good – 101 -1,000 APMs
  • Caution – 1,001 – 10,000 APMs
  • At Risk > 10,000 APMs

In terms of the overall ranking, the currently most utilised domains, both gTLD’s and country domains, aren’t over impressive apart from New Zealand (.nz) who are at #6 and Germany (.de) at #16 who have moved up 38 places since the previous publication of the index. .uk at # 55 ranks above .com and .org.

  • .nz – # 6
  • .de – # 16
  • .ie – # 19
  • .uk – # 55
  • .org – # 59
  • .co – # 57
  • .com – # 58
  • .cn – # 61
  • .net – # 62
  • .ru – # 68

Ireland (.ie) at number 19 deserves an honourable mention wheras Russia (.ru) in the red zone at # 68 does not!

Here’s the whole list:

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