When I search to see if a domain name is taken, I am paranoid that these 2 things might happen...
1) The site I am using to search with will *itself* register the name in ITS account, if I don't buy the name right there on the spot. Then that registrar will suddenly hold the name HOSTAGE for a much larger fee. It's never happened to me, but I HAVE heard that some sites DO this!!
2) The site I am using to search has been secretly hacked by someone so they can see what's being searched for, from the other side of the "glass." So, when I search for the name, another person (or hacker bot) is seeing the names I'm searching, in real-time, and is immediately registering them -- so I'm chasing my own tail so to speak.
THAT last fear is why I always used moniker -- I trusted them for that purpose. I KNOW they never used tactic #1, and I was always pretty sure no hackers were using tactic #2.
Now I can't use moniker any more -- they got bought out, and the new interface is a pure pile of UNUSABLE CRAP! (((sigh))) Another fine resource falling victim to "improvement."
Anyhow, anyone have recommendations on another site to use to search to see if a domain name is taken? A site you are SURE doesn't suffer from either one of the fears listed above?
Thanks in advance!