#GoDaddy and WHOIS : Unilateral decision affects #DomainTools data

The unilateral decision by GoDaddy to disable port 43 WHOIS lookups, has been affecting DomainTools and its professional services. GoDaddy stated it’s a much-needed line of defense against “unscrupulous spammers,” but it seems they are throwing out the baby with the bathwater in this case. This isn’t a prelude of GDPR, that seeks to address […]

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#GDPR and #cPanel : It’s not just about #domains and #WHOIS

If you thought that the upcoming General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) is only about domain names and WHOIS, you are sorely mistaken. The European regulation on privacy matters is affecting a multiverse of technical services that utilize and store private information on their servers and systems in the cloud. To be GDPR compliant, companies such […]

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#Domain legislation ante portas : #WHOIS going dark would be a mistake

European regulations about data privacy, are about to break one of the oldest status quo instances on the Internet: the domain WHOIS. Turning WHOIS into a dark book of redacted information would be a mistake. Several companies, such as Facebook, Microsoft and Time Warner, sent a letter to ICANN, urging the multinational organization to “immediately […]

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#WHOIS wars : Withheld by #GoDaddy is a new #DomainTools warning tag

The war of WHOIS information is escalating, and DomainTools is on the offensive. GoDaddy is now keeping part of the publicly available WHOIS information private, for domains that are queried via third party tools. At first, we thought that DomainTools had a special agreement with the largest domain registrar in the world, to display the […]

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#NORDU .net : Oldest #domain is 12071 days old per #DomainTools

NORDU.net, the oldest domain name with a registration date of January 1, 1985 is now 33 years old. But wait, isn’t Symbolics.com the oldest domain, you might say. Not so fast, domain ranger. While Symbolics.com is indeed the oldest registered domain name, and the oldest .com, it’s not the oldest. On the other hand, NORDU.net, […]

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#DomainTools in agreement with #GoDaddy over stunted #WHOIS ?

GoDaddy is going forward with a scandalous decision to filter WHOIS output from port 43 and third party tool queries, on January 25th. WHOIS output on the GoDaddy web site will be supported using a captcha as an anti-spam protection mechanism; in an email, GoDaddy claimed that the draconian measure will help limit spammer’s access […]

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Domain loss : Your domain account does not update your WHOIS info

There is very little education of end-users about how important up-to-date WHOIS information is. In a case involving an end-user’s domain that was lost via the UDRP process, updating the Account Settings at GoDaddy was not enough. The GoDaddy customer, who is not an investor, assumed that by keeping that part of the contact information […]

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ICANN should get WHOIS lessons from the Israel Internet Association

One of the issues with WHOIS, as implemented by ICANN, is that it does not keep track of WHOIS history. When a domain registrant changes, there is no tracking record of the date these changes occurred, and even popular third party services such as DomainTools cannot keep up with changes – unless a domain is […]

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ZFBot : Adding WHOIS makes this domain research service indispensable

ZFBot, the domain research tool with tens of millions of registered domains in its database, just got better. Recent changes improving the service were lacking just one thing: WHOIS queries for the returned domains. But now this has been added, as developer Ken Greenwood fine-tunes his already indispensable domain tool! The changes are available immediately […]

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DomainTools rolls out Domain Pre-Crime software add-on

DomainTools, the quintessential tool for domain research, is participating at Black Hat 2016, the security expo event – at booth #472. Today, second and final day of the infosec event, DomainTools is rolling out new research software addressing the issues of domain theft and cybercrime. “A lot of domain investors are familiar with Iris, our […]

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Domain safety : DomainTools introduces hands-free WHOIS

Popular domain research tool, DomainTools, is introducing a hands-free version of its domain WHOIS tool, and what a great timing that is. Millions of domainers will be on the road for the July 4th weekend, and naturally, many will be also researching domain names. Safety should come first, all while on the look for the […]

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Decline in domainer population the direct result of WHOIS apps

Domain technology in 2016 has “caution” written all over it. A domain investor fell off a Sierra Madre cliff and plunged to his death last week, all while querying a series of domains on his iPad. In December, two domainers collided head on, while texting their latest CHIPS domains to a domain broker specializing in […]

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