Perryville is trying to make its online presence more secure.
The city has begun the process of changing its website and subsequent email addresses to .gov.
Currently, the city’s website is a .com address and Perryville City Administrator Brent Buerck noted that moving to a .gov. is the way to go in today’s technology climate.
“It’s a lot more secure address for municipalities and government entities,” Buerck said. “An arm of the government has to approve our city to get that. It’s much harder for someone to spoof us or impersonate someone in the city’s government. It’s more secure so we are going to move toward getting a .gov website and email addresses eventually.”
Only U.S based government and public sector organizations are eligible to obtain a .gov domain. This includes any federal, state, local or territorial government entity or other publicly controlled entity.
That eligibility is attested through a letter signed by a “authorizing” party and is a trusted and safe space. Gov domains must not distribute malware, host open redirects, or otherwise engage in other malicious activity.
Buerck noted that “many” city governments have .com or .org domains.
“When the city got its website, which was before I started here, we started with a .com and had used it to this point and now its time to change,” Buerck said. “
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