Let's say there's a domain name that is currently unregistered, that I want to purchase with the intention of re-selling for a profit, and I want to determine which variations of the name are also available.

Is it "safe" for me to check availability of several domain names through tools like https://www.whois.com/, or do I risk others seeing my queries and "stealing my ideas", potentially snatching up my potential golden eggs before I have a chance to register them? (...especially if others have recently queried the same domains?)

I assume that domain reselling companies absolutely track which domains are being checked (it would be silly of them not to capitalize on that data), but as I understand it, I can use sites like:

http://www.whois . {pick a top-level-domain}
such as .com, .net, .ru, .uk, .info etc.

...as a neutral, trustworthy authority for that TLD, even government-sanctioned in the case of country-code TLD's) and therefore can be trusted to not do shady stuff like that?

Is this true?

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    See this related question which focuses on how do I check that a domain is available without triggering a grabber versus if it's true... (I'm pointing out the difference to avoid having it marked as a duplicate) – dan Oct 17 at 8:08
  • I'm not sure I see the difference between the two questions. The other one presumes it is true and has methods for avoiding the problem. This question asks if it is true and asks for methods for avoiding the problem. That is close enough to be duplicate. – Stephen Ostermiller Oct 17 at 12:40
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    Yes, set it in tcp/ip properties. You still not safe if use some online tools, cause they don't use your dns setting, so avoid using them at all. Use any local software. Mocrosoft whois is fine. Also if you point your browser or similar software to some domain, its safe now. – LeonidMew Oct 20 at 13:27
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    @LeonidMew - I got it setup.. And I can just use 8.8.8.8 from now on, with various benefits and no ill effects; how have I never heard of this before?! Thanks very much, your comments were the missing puzzle pieces I needed. – ashleedawg Oct 20 at 13:31
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    I'm not sure, something more verbose. I'm using whois on Linux, which is different. – LeonidMew Oct 20 at 13:40

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