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May, 20

Learn what it takes to have .gov domain

  • by Antoniy Yushkevych
  • in Domains
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If you want to have a website up on the internet, you must choose and buy a domain name. Once you choose one, you must also pick a top-level domain (i.e. TLD), the part of the domain that comes after the main name. For example, .com, .org, .gov, etc. While most sites on the internet use the .com, it is sometimes a good idea to change that to something that fits your site more. Even though most are available for any person to use, there are some that are reserved for specific uses such as .us domains being reserved for entities located in the United States of America.

One such TLD is .gov. This domain is a special one as it is restricted to governmental entities which is reflected in the price: $400. The only way one could obtain such a domain is to be a part of a governmental organization. Although it is the go-to domain for government agencies, some still use .com.

Is it possible to get a .gov domain without being a governmental entity?

Although previously thought to be impossible, some researchers proved that wrong. According to them, it was easier than expected and is an issue that should be looked into. They obtained the domain by simply filling out and emailing an official authorization form. Then the researchers grabbed some letterhead off a small US town that only had .us domain and impersonated that town’s mayor. They used a fake Google Voice number and a fake Gmail account to achieve this.

Although the above-stated actions are highly illegal and were only done for the purposes of research, it proves that these actions could be done by criminals for more malicious purposes. This proves that there need to be stricter regulations in place around .gov domains as regular internet users could possibly be misled by such a TLD and put their trust into a fake governmental site.