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Why did we add an extra step to our whois interface?

Over the past few months the GeekTools Whois Proxy has been used to "scrape" data from various whois servers by automated processes. In an effort to keep the system from being overloaded and to thwart these automated processes we have had to enact these new measures. We want to block these automated processes because some registrars block the whois proxy if they suspect scraping.

In order to use the proxy you must now enter the randomly generated key in addition to your query. Ignore the lines in the key display; they are there to help prevent non-human detection of the key characters. The key is not case sensitive. At this time the standard (port 43) whois server does not require this code.

The code is four characters consisting of the letters A through Z. The images are in JPEG form so most modern browsers should be able to handle them.

If you have a problem with this new addition, we will happily refund your money. ;-)

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