The latest news from and about SWITCH

Here you will find a summary of the media releases from SWITCH. Please note that the use of any of this content (even just as excerpts) is only permitted provided SWITCH is expressly acknowledged as the source.


SWITCH welcomes separation of functions regarding registration of .ch Internet addresses

The public consultation on the new Ordinance on Internet Domains (OID) runs from 12th February 2014 to 17th April 2014. The Ordinance stipulates, among other things, that end customers will no longer be able to register their .ch Internet addresses directly with SWITCH in future and must instead register them via a registrar. SWITCH welcomes this new regulation.

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Slight fall in number of malware cases: trend towards new techniques

Some 2,700 Swiss websites were cleaned of malware in 2013. While this represents a slight fall compared with 2012, SWITCH stresses that malware continues to pose a threat to Internet users and will give rise to new challenges in 2014. Almost 10 million new types of malware were discovered worldwide in 2013. According to the Threat Landscape 2013 report by the European Union Agency for Network and Information Security (ENISA), "drive-by downloads" are the biggest current cyber-threat. Malware includes viruses, spyware, worms and Trojans. Hackers gain access to a website using stolen or decrypted passwords. Simply calling up an infected site can result in harmful software being installed.

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Young people in Switzerland willingly disclose personal information online

Privacy on the Internet is yesterday’s news – at least as far as today’s young people are concerned. This is made clear by the findings of the SWITCH Junior Web Barometer 2013 survey, in which 510 school students answered in-depth questions about their online behaviour. Regardless of the ongoing debates on data security and identity protection on the Internet, the younger generation willingly discloses personal information online. Just over 80% of 13 to 20-year-olds and an increasing proportion of the six to 12 age group can be found by anyone on the Internet with their real name or a photo. Date of birth, favourite hobbies and current relationship status are also shared openly with the networked community. Why? Because it is "cool", reply children, teenagers and young adults.

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SWITCH’s statement on Registrar Alliance

The cooperative Registrar Alliance announced on 15 January 2014 that it will be applying for registry status for the .ch top-level domain (TLD). Registrar Alliance is a group comprising several Swiss registrars. SWITCH has been the registry for the .ch TLD for over 25 years and ensures the security and stability of the Swiss Internet. As an independent non-profit foundation and partner of the Swiss universities, SWITCH puts a great deal of technical expertise as well as unique know-how and experience into accomplishing this task, which is a huge responsibility. The SWITCH foundation is convinced that it is best placed to perform the registry function.

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Opening times between Christmas and New Year 2013/2014

SWITCH's offices will be closed from 24 December 2013 to 3 January 2014.

The "Internet Domains" Contact Center remains open on Monday, 23 December and Monday 30 December until 16:00 h, as usual on other days, with the exception of 24 to 26 December and 31 December to 2 January 2014.

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Domain name prices to fall

Continued steady growth in the number of domain names being registered means that SWITCH is in a position to cut the price of a domain name to CHF 15.50 with effect from 1 February 2014. As a partner of the universities, SWITCH brought the Internet to Switzerland more than 25 years ago. Today, the non-profit organisation with 100 employees at its headquarters in Zurich develops Internet services for lecturers, researchers and students, as well as for commercial customers. It acts as the registry for all .ch and .li domain names, ensuring the security and stability of the Swiss Internet.

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