How can I see who is the owner of a domain
Have you ever searched the Internet and wondered who owns the sites you're visiting? Maybe you are thinking about starting up your very own online business and want to find out what domain names that are taken and which ones that are available. Well, if this is the fact then there is an easy way to get the necessary information.
Through the service of "Whois", provided by several sites, you can get all the information you're looking for. Whois is an Internet user name directory service. When using this service you type in whatever domain name you want to have a closer look at. If the name is already taken you get a list with similar names that might be of interest to you. If the domain name that you want already is taken you can get a hold of the owner via Whois (as you can obtain their e-mail and phone number with Whois) and maybe contact them and negotiate about buying the name.
Each computer is given a unique address, IP-address. The address consists of numbers, divided into different groups and separated by full stops. It can for example look like this: 184.108.40.206. If you want, you can also make a search on a certain IP-address on Whois.
Several uses of Whois
As we've mentioned there are several sites where you can search on domain names and one good example is www.domaintools.com. This site offers everything from a search directory to DNS tools and domain history. Having a look at the domain history might be important if you find yourself in trademark and/or copyright disputes. By viewing Whois history to see who owned the domain at the time of the infringement you can easily resolve this issue.
Another service this site provides is what they call a mark alert. This means that they alert you when someone registers a domain name with any term or phrase in it that you specify. A mark alert will help you keep track of your competition and trademarks can be proactively monitored.