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Washington County, Minn., Latest to Adopt .Gov Domain

The local government, the state’s fifth largest by population, has migrated to a new website with a “.gov” domain address. The protocol meets federal recommendations and has advanced security features.

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(TNS) — Washington County’s new website, which has a “.gov” extension, goes into effect on Monday.

The county government is moving from to a new, more secure domain — — and updating each county employee’s email address with the new domain extension.

The new website address complies with Federal Homeland Security recommendations. It also creates consistency with other government organizations, builds public trust in the website, and takes advantage of enhanced security features that come with “.gov” domains, county officials said.

The “.gov” extension can be used only by U.S.-based government organizations. It is managed by the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency, a component of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which provides layers of security that other domains such as “.com,” “.org” and “.us” do not, officials said.

The public can continue using the former website address,, which will automatically redirect to This fall, the county will transition all county email addresses to the address.

Washington County Library’s website address will not change. It remains

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