Intrigued by the apparent Datastor “typo-squatting” incident, Reseller News trawled the internet to find similar cases relating to other technology companies.
One of the most interesting local finds was www.trdeme.co.nz, which redirects to www.trademeonline.co.nz, containing links to a range of websites in several categories. Ironically, one of these leads to the website for the Consumers’ Institute.
Apart from www.telcom.co.nz and www.vodophone.co.nz the results did not dredge up many co.nz domains using obvious misspellings of well-known local technology brands – not even Renaissance, which is a prime candidate for typos.
However, using .com domains plenty of“typosquatting” candidates emerged.Ingram Micro could take exception to www.ingrams.com, although it contains mostly publishing related links and appears to be a typo for Ingram’s Magazine of Kansas City.
Although the Tech Pacific name is no longer in use, www.tecpacific.com is parked free by GoDaddy.com and contains sponsored links to Air New Zealand, matchfinder.co.nz, ferrit.co.nz and AA Life, among others. The page contains a box entitled “Related Searches” topped by a link named “Ingram Micro”, but when clicked it leads to another page on the same site.
Microsoft, of course, is not immune. Despite featuring an Apple Mac on its main page, www.microsfot.com features plenty of Microsoft-related links and is rife with pop-up ads, as is www.mcrosoft.com.
HP has nabbed both www.helettpackard.com and www.hewlettpakard.com, but www.hewletpackard.com brings up an error message on French domain name provider gandi.net.
Plucky Dell ensured www.del.com redirects to its own site.
Symantec has secured www.simantec.com and www.norton.com, but missed out on www.nortons.com, which is a website offering a range of security software, including McAfee and is also the home to the Norton Motorcycle Enthusiasts Tech Talk Forum.
But, the company does not own www.symantech.com, which redirects to onlinecomputersoftwarestore.com, a site that offers software and throws up plenty of pop-ups.
While www.appel.com belongs to Las Vegas-based Accurates Home Loans, www.appl.com and www.ituns.com have nothing to do with Apple or iTunes but do offer music downloads.
McAfee owns www.macafee.com, but not www.mcafe.com, which is not used by McCafé either. Incidentally www.macdonalds.com is also not owned by fast-food giant, McDonalds, and www.macdonalds.co.nz belongs to Macdonald Pearce Perniskie Chartered Accountants in Gore, which is an MYOB reseller.
Google owns www.googel.com and www.gogle.com, but www.googl.com goes nowhere, while www.gogl.com contains several sponsored links for MP3 players, travel and six sigma training (Google that!). The company also missed out on the obvious typo www.gmial.com where ironically a link to Google Adsense heads up the sponsored listings.
Other interesting instances of typo websites include: www.soyn.com, www.sonny.com, www.xboxx.com, www.xboxxx.com (it is safe to try), www.tohiba.com, www.windowvista.com, www.vistas.com, www.oracl.com, www.oracel.com, www.intle.com, www.cicso.com and www.dlikn.com. Most of these feature links to advertisers offering products or services related to the brands implied.