Domain Name Abuse

by Mike Barry
CEO Fort Collins Web Works LLC

Be sure to register your domain name before you go public

Carol Boigon, Denver mayoral candidate, announced that she had entered the race for mayor at 2:30pm on 3/10/2011, and she mentioned her new website Unfortunately she hadn't registered the domain name yet, and someone else anonymously registered the domain name and pointed it at one of her opponent's websites. Eventually they removed the redirect, but she had to choose a new domain name.

Don't use Network Solutions Whois service

Domain name registrars provide a "whois" service that their customers can use to check on whether a domain name is available or who owns it. Network Solutions has been accused of automatically registering domain names that customers checked on and then offering the domain name for sale at a higher cost.

refs: Wikipedia, Computerworld

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