Cool idea but doesn’t seem to work on any of the sites I tested. Just sits there spinning forever.
In fact it already got hugged to death unfortunately (hard lesson learnt for sharing it on multiple communities simultaneously). I’m reducing some of the posts to give me some time to fix and optimise a few things as it’s too CPU intensive as of right now. Will reach out as soon as I’ve deployed some of the changes!
you also seem to at least be running react in dev mode ;)
Ahahahaha, alas. The cost of success!
I love the idea. Minor suggestion: Link-ify the domain name to make it slightly easier to investigate.
Thanks for the feedback @kellogh! I’ve passed this on to Ian (co-author) to help with :-)
Another thing to check for is bitsquatting: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bitsquatting
That’s already included :-), you can take a peak at the internals over here - https://github.com/JuxhinDB/twistrs/blob/main/twistrs/src/permutate.rs#L115-L161
Ah, cool. I wonder if it’s worth mentioning on the front page, or if it’s so obscure it’ll just confuse people.
Is the typo in the title (“Sqautted”) intentional? 😄
Oh yeah totally. Totally not a genuine typo. /s
Updated the Reddit thread but forgot to update this one haha
A very evil idea would be to look at what domains people check and automatically squat them yourself.
Network Solutions controversially did this in 2008.
I wouldn’t think so? The signal/noise would be extremely poor, it’s far more effective to do what squatters already do; crawl, rank and automatically squat domains :-)
How do you tell whether a perceived squatter is really a squatter? Can you reliably establish whether someone is not also the owner of a result? I might have used two different registrars for the original and squatted with anonymity on both. Or I could have bought the domains I thought would be typosquatted to mitigate the threat for my users…
For example: querying google.com returns google.org as a squat, but this is a false positive I would say.
There are a number of improvements we need to add to the platform to help improve the results and make them actionable (some details highlighted in the Reddit thread - https://www.reddit.com/r/programming/comments/xolqom/comment/iq0lpmf/?utm_source=share&utm_medium=web2x&context=3).
The current version of the tool is quite rudimentary aimed to validate the idea and see if it’s useful.