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Old 04-04-2014, 12:29 PM
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where to safely test availability of your domain name

I came up wit a domain name (urbanmayor.com), it was available but before i could register it, it was in use.
Recently i came up with another (bloomos.com), also available and again before i could register it again in use

now where can i test my domain availability safely please? I'm now scared of my own browser
 
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Old 04-04-2014, 01:15 PM
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I found this article:
http://www.domainsherpa.com/prevent-...front-running/

The key recommendations there:
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On a Mac or in Linux, do the following:

Open the Terminal application (located at /Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app). For quick access, simultaneously press Command+Space and then type in “Terminal”.

Type “whois query.ext” without quotes, where “query” is the domain and “ext” is the extension. For
example, type “whois domainsherpa.com” to perform a WHOIS lookup of this website.

Review the output. If the domain is unregistered, it will display, “No match for QUERY.EXT.”

On a Windows-based computer, do the following:

Download Whois v1.01 from Microsoft and open the application.

Type “whois query.ext” without quotes, where “query” is the domain and “ext” is the extension. For
example, type “whois domainsherpa.com” to perform a WHOIS lookup of this website.

Review the output. If the domain is unregistered, it will display, “No match for QUERY.EXT.”

In a web browser from any computer operating system:

If you don’t want to use command line prompts, at the very least you should query InterNIC, which is operated by ICANN, directly via their website. At InterNIC you can do a WHOIS search for the following TLDs: .aero, .arpa, .asia, .biz, .cat, .com, .coop, .edu, .info, .int, .jobs, .mobi, .museum, .name, .net, .org, .pro, and
.travel.

While the above three procedures do not guarantee that your domain name search will not be tracked, they do make it far less likely.
There are links in the original article that were lost when I copied it.
 
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Old 04-05-2014, 09:07 AM
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thank you very much i am going to check them out
 
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Old 04-05-2014, 09:40 AM
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The link in the article to Microsoft whois doesn't work.

I found this one as an alternate: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/s.../bb897435.aspx
 
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