[dns-operations] Safe public whois site/tool?

Doug Barton dougb at dougbarton.email
Fri Mar 8 05:54:04 UTC 2019

Thank you, everyone, for the great suggestions.   :)

On 2019-03-06 10:31 PM, Phil Pennock wrote:
> On 2019-03-05 at 17:50 -0800, Doug Barton wrote:
>> I know that there are a lot of public whois sites, and purveyors of domain
>> name tools, but I also know that a non-trivial number of them are scams, to
>> the extent that some of them will even register good names out from under
>> you if you use them.
>> Is there a safe place for me to send folks to look up domain names? I'm
>> particularly interested in a way for folks to determine if a name is
>> registered, or available.
> I know the people behind domainr.com; they're good honest folks who try
> to do the right thing.  ObDisclosure: I've done consultancy work for
> them.
> <https://domainr.com/about> explicitly asserts that they don't front-run.
> They've their website, but also apps for iOS, Android, Slack
> integration, etc.
> They've become my default choice for exploring domain names and seeing
> what's taken.
> -Phil

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