(The Hosting News) – You probably weren’t aware that the concept existed in the first place, but internet authority ICANN has moved against what it calls “dotless domains.”
The organization has labeled them “harmful,” noting they “will not work as intended by TLD operators in the vast majority of cases.”
So exactly what is a dotless domain? It’s a platform that relies on local configuration. Here’s how ICANN recently explained the concept in an executive summary: “For example, in a location where “example.com” is included within the search list, the URL http://printer1/ will generate a query for “printer1.example.com”, whereas in a location where “example.net” is in the search list, it will generate a query for “printer1.example.net”.”
ICANN’s Internet Architecture Board noted dotless domains wouldn’t “behave consistently” and would “confuse users and erode the stability of the global DNS.”
The negative impact of dotless domain could mean cross-site scripting attacks and the theft of credentials along with cookies, warned ICANN.
In the recent past, ICANN has worked to expand the range of approved TLDs (otherwise known as Top-Level Domains) via an application period that ended last year.