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01|24|2011 02:39 pm EDT

Richard Lau Purchases from Andrew Moulden

by Frank Michlick in Categories: Tools

When had a sudden change in its interface at the end of last week, many of its loyal users were surprised. DNN dug deeper and found out that there was also an ownership change behind the scene. The sales price has not been disclosed.

The new owner, industry veteran Richard Lau (who also is co-owner of the registrar) has added some new features to the site as well, allowing users to directly query domain related information at sites like Alexa, and many more. Lau told DNN “As an avid and loyal user of for many years, I am extremely proud to carry the mantle as the new owner of

Andrew Moulden had established in December of 2004 with the aim to provide a secure way of looking up domain names – the site quickly gained popularity after it was mentioned on a private forum and many of its early users (including the author of this article) have remained loyal to the site. While the method of lookup has now been changed to use the DomainTools whois API, the site will remain free of any front running activities. Richard Lau also is a member of the advisory board to DomainTools. As Moulden told DNN, “it was a condition of sale that there would be no front running.

The current trust policy states:

  • We do not monitor searched domains at iWhois that are available for registration.
  • We never access or extract such data from our server logfiles. These are emptied daily.

Lau added: “I have been running registrars since 2000 and have never engaged or enabled front-running and renew’s commitment to no front-running whatsoever.

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Donna Mahony

January 24, 2011 @ 3:28 pm EDT

Thank you Andrew for providing a safe place to conduct secure searches all these years. With Richard at the helm, I shall continue feeling secure using Congrats to you both!


January 25, 2011 @ 6:32 am EDT

the new interface is looking cool now

Dave Zan

January 25, 2011 @ 8:55 am EDT

So that explains the big change with To think I got a few addicted to it also, hehe.


January 25, 2011 @ 1:47 pm EDT

Thanks for all the emails. @Donna — yes, it’s still secure! No front-running. The whois lookup is a mix of DomainTools’ api and my own magic. Let me know if you see any weird things or delays. And lmk if you think there should be something in there that isn’t!

Andrew Moulden

January 26, 2011 @ 12:59 pm EDT

Thanks Donna, and best wishes to Richard. The service is in safe hands, and I look forward to seeing it go from strength to strength.

Patricia Kaehler

January 28, 2011 @ 3:46 pm EDT

That’s a great domain…
Much better than the one I had for him

I don’t recall every seeing before… I’ll go there today and give it a try… Thanks for sharing the info…

~Patricia – DomainBELL

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