George Pongas

About George Pongas

George has been actively involved with the Australian domain industry since 2003. He currently holds the position of Director - Product Management at AusRegistry, the appointed .au 2LD Registry Operator. He is also serving his fourth term as a director on the auDA Board after being popularly elected by the supply class in October 2015. In the past, he has held CEO and other senior positions at successful Registrars, and played a valuable leadership role in shaping the .au retail sector in its formative years. He is dedicated to contributing his commercial sensibility and extensive industry experience to the benefit of the Australian domain industry and all Internet users.

Response to Lifehacker – How Can I Sell My Domains?

Australian technology journalist Chris Jager published an article in Lifehacker this week criticising domain names and claiming that premium domain name sales are becoming “increasingly rare”. George Pongas, General Manager of Naming Services at AusRegistry, responded to Chris’ comments to clarify some inaccurate statements in his article. Lifehacker declined to publish George’s response on their [...]

By | October 23rd, 2014|News|

5 reasons why Aussies love domain names

This May we launched our $1 domain name campaign and we are thrilled to see Australians embrace the promotion and register their domain names in droves. So far, over 25,000 new domain names have been created this month, eclipsing the 6,500 created May last year. This significant spike in registrations can be [...]

By | May 27th, 2014|News|

Consumer alert: WHOIS verification phishing scams hit Australia

A New Year and another domain name related scam is doing the rounds in an attempt to deceive registrants into providing account details. While this current scam does not specifically target .au domain name registrants, I encourage you to be vigilant and mindful of these tactics. Under requirements spelled out by the Internet Corporation for [...]

By | January 16th, 2014|News|

.au ranks high in world’s top domain name sales in 2013

Last year was a memorable one for .au domain name sales with a number of significant auctions and aftermarket deals making headlines. For the second time in three years, a .au domain name was included in the top four sales for the world’s highest reported domain name sales for country code Top-Level Domains. Coming in [...]

By | January 6th, 2014|News|

Premium domain names a valuable asset for Australian businesses

One of the most pertinent issues business owners face when establishing an online presence is how to direct customer interest to their website and translate that into revenue. Often, this includes sales and marketing tactics like direct mail, lead generation and online campaigns to drive awareness. Some savvy business owners also invest in search engine [...]

By | December 23rd, 2013|News|

Scammer websites take the shine off domain names

Last week we were alerted to the existence of a number of websites maliciously posing as Australian online retailers in order to defraud unsuspecting shoppers out of thousands of dollars through the sale of non-existent mobile phones or other gadgets. The con artists behind this scam set up websites by registering domain names using [...]

By | November 7th, 2013|News|

How to protect your .au domain name from being hijacked like the New York Times

In a special feature article which first appeared in TechWorld, George Pongas – General Manager - Registry Services, Australian Division – explains how .auLOCKDOWN can help .au registrants protect their domain names from malicious activity. Yesterday, the .com domain name of the New York Times’ website was maliciously hijacked to redirect visitors to websites controlled [...]

By | August 29th, 2013|News|

AusRegistry and auDA add .auLOCKDOWN to key domain name assets

In June we launched .auLOCKDOWN, a new security measure that allows .au domain name owners to lock their domain’s nameserver delegations and prevent unauthorised changes. In support of the new security service both AusRegistry and .au Domain Administration (auDA) have officially added .auLOCKDOWN to each organisation’s respective domain names. As one of the first domains [...]

By | July 30th, 2013|News|

New .au Domain Name Registry security protocol to add a further level of protection against website hijacking

A new security measure launched today for Australia’s 2.7 million .au Domain Names will provide an added level of protection against website attacks and hijacking, as well as unintended and self-inflicted technical mistakes. We have seen examples from around the world of the devastating impact an attack can have on a business. For instance, a [...]

By | June 4th, 2013|News|

New .au domain name registry security protocol to prevent cyber attacks

Cyber security has hit the mainstream agenda and is now a hot topic of discussion amongst business leaders and policy makers. A national survey of more than 250 major Australian businesses conducted by CERT and released in February by Attorney-General Mark Dreyfus QC found cyber attacks are becoming increasingly targeted and coordinated. It found one [...]

By | May 30th, 2013|News|