(Norwalk, Conn.) Today, March 24, 2023, Mayor Rilling announced that the City of Norwalk has officially transitioned from its .org website and email domain to .gov.
“The City of Norwalk made the decision to switch to .gov because .gov domains are reserved exclusively for U.S. government entities and provide a clear and trusted indication to the public that the website they are visiting is an official government website and not a fake or malicious site,” said Mayor Rilling. “Additionally, .gov domains are subject to stricter requirements and security standards, which will help prevent cyber-attacks and protect sensitive government information.”
Since .gov domains are exclusively granted to U.S.-based government entities, the transition aims to ensure visitors of the City’s .gov websites and recipients of the City’s .gov email accounts that they’re visiting an official government website or being contacted by a government employee.
The .gov domain has top-level security features that are not available to the .org domain. Transitioning from a .org to a .gov domain enhances the credibility and authority of the City’s website and increases the level of security and reliability of data and information.
The .org website and emails will remain operational to the public until further notice, as all emails addressed to .org email addresses and website searches to the City’s Norwalk.org website pages will automatically be redirected to the .gov website and email domains.
All City of Norwalk employees with a .org email address domain will have the same letters at the beginning of their new .gov email address (for example: email@example.com would be firstname.lastname@example.org).