If you are looking for a domain – WHOIS lookup can tell you if it’s already taken and provide contact information of the domain owner.

WHOIS domain information can help you determine the proper contact for any domain listed in the Whois database.  But some types of domains will not show all information (or will not show any information at all) from WHOIS utilities used outside the Registry’s website.

This tool provides valuable domain information such as domain registrar, status, expiration date, and DNS name servers. Data miners often crawl WHOIS records to gain personal information. Then they sell it to marketing firms and advertising agencies, leading to spam and junk mail.

There’s a multitude of WHOIS tools out there, for example:

Co.za: for all your co.za domains.

Whois.net: to look all international domains.

Here’s an example of what you would see on WhoIs:

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Here’s a million rand question: Is your personal information protected on WhoIs?

Click here to find out how you can hide your personal information from the WhoIs database.