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ABC Announces Freeform; Acquires Freeform.com

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In an article published on October 6, ABC announced a name change for ABC Family. According to the article, "ABC Family changes its name to Freeform in January 2016! The network’s new name reflects our ongoing priority to super-serve Becomers, fans on that epic adventure of becoming an adult—from first kiss to first kid!"

When I read about the rebranding, I visited Freeform.com to see if ABC was using the exact match .com domain name. Yes, Freeform.com currently forwards to ABCFamily.Go.com, the ABC Family website. A current Whois lookup confirms that Freeform.com is registered to ABC, Inc.

Interestingly, ABC.com Inc. was not listed as the (more…) → Read More


Monitor Your Own Domain Names

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With domain theft becoming a major issue these days, it is imperative that we are vigilant with respect to the status of our domain names. Obviously the easiest way is to monitor account alerts from our domain registrars, but if someone is able to access our accounts, I presume they could change the notifications or circumvent the process without us knowing that something was altered. If that happens, domain names could be transferred out or pushed to other accounts without us knowing about it.

One potential solution is to monitor your domain names via third party monitoring service like DomainTools or DomainIQ. Any time a change is detected, the third party service will send an email notification with the change that was made. If you know of other domain monitor services, be sure to let share it in the comment section.

I think the best way to monitor my domain names is to set up an alert for either the registrant name (business or personal name) and the email address used for domain name registrations. When the service → Read More


DomainTools Announces Major Redesign

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I use DomainTools daily for Whois lookups and for historical Whois searches to find domain owners. In November of 2013, the DomainTools website saw a significant redesign, and in January of this year, the company redesigned its Whois history tool.

This evening, DomainTools sent an email to its members announcing "a major overhaul of the Whois results page." I received the email just a few moments ago, and I haven't had a chance to go through the changes yet. I use DomainTools many times a day, and I am sure this is going to take some time to get accustomed to the new website.

Because there are many people in the business who use DomainTools but may not have a membership, I am taking the liberty to share the email content with you so you can see what has changed. If you have any feedback for the DomainTools team, you are welcome to share it here or directly with the company.

DomainTools Redesign Announcement: (more…) → Read More


My Favorite Domain Graphic

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not-resolvingI don't hand register many domain names anymore. I tend to focus my time on finding great domain names that are coming up for auction and making inquiries on domain names that are privately owned.

When I am looking to buy domain names in a certain niche, I like to use DomainTools to do my Whois searches. It's easy to see who owns a domain name, and the history tool allows me to see the provenance of the domain name. It's especially valuable when a domain name is privately owned, and I can see an email address that was previously used.

On occasion, I will find an unregistered domain name that I expected to see registered. This is a score for me because if I was looking it up to buy privately, I would certainly value it at more than the registration fee. When a domain name is unregistered, this is the image that is shown on DomainTools. I love seeing this graphic because it usually means I can hand register a domain name I may have bought privately.

Seeing this graphic doesn't always mean the domain name is available to → Read More


DomainTools Reminder: Change Your Passwords

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DomainTools sent a reminder to its customers today urging them to change their user password because of the Heartbleed bug that has the potential to impact a huge amount of websites. Here's part of the message I received from DomainTools this afternoon:

"On Monday April 7th, news broke on the Heartbleed bug vulnerability in the OpenSSL cryptographic library and the risk to users' accounts. This has widespread implications as OpenSSL is used by roughly two-thirds of all websites on the Internet and this vulnerability could expose a user's login and password to hackers.

As soon as we learned of Heartbleed on Monday we started taking steps to remove the vulnerability. These steps started Monday night and have been completed. Now that new SSL certificates are installed on all of our services, all DomainTools users will be logged out and forced to change their passwords to ensure there is no lingering exposure to Heartbleed. This needs to be done to ensure the security of our users' accounts and login credentials."


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Monitor Domain Names You Sell

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A friend told me a story about a domain name he sold for quite a bit of money that was later dropped by the buyer. It doesn't make sense that someone would pay for a domain name in the aftermarket only to let it expire, but it happens, and that's why you should monitor domain names you sell.

There are many reasons why a domain name might drop after someone pays for it. Perhaps they decided they didn't want to move forward with their project or the person leading the project no longer works for the company. There are a multitude of reasons for why it could have expired.

I can give you three reasons for why you may want to monitor your domain name sales: (more…) → Read More


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