Lesson 5.4 Activity

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Search Tips:

  • Use a query containing WHOIS to identify the owner of a particular website.
  • If you see a second company listed as a contact on the WHOIS page, then a relationship exists between the two companies. You can then do another search to determine that relationship.
  • Example: [whois] finds WHOIS registries you can use. Find the search box for the registry, and enter [zagat.com]. See that Google is the registrant. Search for [google zagat], which leads to the information that Google acquired Zagat.
  • The US Chamber of Commerce operates the WHOIS search available at http://www.internic.net/whois.html; alternative WHOIS registries also exist.
  • If you don’t know a company's website, you can search for the company’s name in Google and locate the web address.

WHOIS lookups are not something we anticipate you’ll use often, but they can be helpful.

Different WHOIS directories post different information, and they can be challenging to read, so use this question to practice.

Open a new window and use the Web to answer this question. For this exercise, go to http://www.internic.net/whois.html or a different directory of your choice.

1. What do you see listed as the name server (sometimes called the domain server) for Splenda.com?

2. Based on the information you found in question one, what company owns Splenda?

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