How to Safely Check the Availablity of a Domain Without Getting Hit by Domain Front Runners
I don't know about you, but I have had instances where I checked the availability of a domain with domain registrars and the domain will be available, but when I come back to register it, I will discover that the domain has been registered. This is called domain front running.
Now you may wonder why people do this, the reason is that they can resell the domain at a higher price because they perceived that the domain might be of great value.
One quick way to avoid this is to use a service like SaferDomainSearch.com to check the availability of domain and only go to the registrar only when you are ready to register the domain.
The problem with SaferDomainSearch though is that you can only use it to check the availability of Top Level Domain (TLD) extensions.
What this means is that you can't use it to check the availability of domain with extension such as .com.ng, .ng, .net.ng etc.
An alternative to that is to use whois.net.
I'm not certain about the safety of whois.net, but so far, I haven't had any of the domains I checked with them being snatched by domain front runners, so I believe that it is save.