Nominet, the non-profit body for overseeing all net addresses ending in .uk (ie .co.uk, .org.uk), have proposed a plan to offer UK-based companies a shorter, simpler, yourwebsite.uk domain name. This would run right along side the .co.uk service – and would require a company to prove they have an existing presence in the UK, and pay a higher fee.
The slightly higher cost, , does come with some additional security features.
“We would do daily malware scanning of these domain names and associated sites and they would be DNSSEC-signed [Domain Name System Security Extensions] – that’s a security protocol that adds a digital signature to a domain to minimise the risk of domain-hijacking, and it also ensures that when you are going to go to a domain you reach the one you wanted to reach.
It would all be brought together with a Trust Mark so that consumers and people visiting these .uk domain names would get an immediate indication of the security and nature of the registration.”
Now, this being a mere proposal – gives you a great chance to chime in and speak your thoughts and opinions on the service. Nominet is running open consultations for the next couple of months. Send them an email, or fill out the form, and let them know what you think and whether or not you support it.