I was underwhelmed at the ‘safe’ domain search agents available. I particular encountered trust issues with some of the bigger registrars out there – including godaddy.com and hostgator.
Two options that have worked well for me so far (in that, I cannot discern any name grabbing happening)
- Suso’s Safer Domain Availability Checker
- Whois query directly from your windows (or Mac, Linux) computer
The second option is the SAFEST – since it involves no middle servers to speak of (nowhere that the search query can be logged).
Download the whois client for windows
whois [-v] domainname
Summary : It is hard enough finding an available domain name. Add to that the frustration of not knowing whether your registrar will truly help you check it’s availability – and you run into a lose-lose situation.
The two search options listed above have worked well for me. I have managed to register whatever I searched for. If you know of other safe search options, do share.