“1 Simple Step Could Help Election Security. Governments Aren’t Doing It”


Local governments across the United States could perform a simple upgrade to strengthen voters’ confidence that they are what they say they are: use websites that end in .gov.

Federal officials control the keys to the “.gov” top-level domain, making it less likely that somebody could get one fraudulently and use it to fool people.

Domains that end in .com or .org, meanwhile, could be set up by attackers to try to intercept users seeking information from real sources.

But with an uneven appreciation across the country about the way a fake website could deceive users, and with little guidance from officialdom about what to do, many counties aren’t taking that step, cyberspecialists say.


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