Network Solutions Domain Frontrunning
If you have not heard of the term cybersquatting, here’s the gist:
- Think of a domain name that someone else is likely to be interested in.
- Register/Purchase that domain.
- Wait for that person to try and register the domain for themselves.
- Sell the domain to them for a profit.
Another spin on this idea is called domain frontrunning, where domain registrars track which domains are checked for availability (e.g. you searched for a domain that you’re interested in), and they snatch up that domain. They still show the domain as available through their searches, but other whois lookups or domain registrar searches shows the domain as already registered…to the first registrar.This might sound confusing, but basically it means that whatever domain you just searched for through the first registrar is now ONLY available through that registrar, forcing you to buy it through them and no one else. Technically, this is not illegal, but it’s a pretty underhanded way to do business. While I personally have never had any problems working with Network Solutions, they are currently accused of this practice of front running.
For more details, check out the full article at Domain Name News.