The actual value, from a security standpoint, of using a proxy domain registrar?

Florian Weimer fweimer at
Thu Jul 16 08:27:58 UTC 2009

* Mike Lyon:

> So the question I have is this: What actual security are these proxy
> companies providing to the end-user?

You can register domains without alerting your competition that you
plan to provide a particular service (which could be guessed based on
the domain name).  Or a merger is coming up, and you want to quietly
get the domain for the new company name.

OTOH, there doesn't seem to be a legitimate long-term use for business
purposes.  (In my view, the secondary domain market is not
legitimate---online advertisers keep it alive to artificially increase
conversion rates, essentially defrauding brand owners who are
structurally unable to cope with this situation.)

Florian Weimer                <fweimer at>
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