Effective August 25, the City of Cape Coral’s website address (URL) will change from a .net to a .gov address. The old address of www.capecoral.net will now be a new government address: www.capecoral.gov.
The .gov website addresses are among the most secure and protected and are reserved almost exclusively for local, state, and federal government entities.
A significant benefit of switching to .gov is the addition of increased security features. “A common trick used online to obtain information is to impersonate a legitimate website,” cautions Michelle Hoffmann, ITS Director for the City of Cape Coral, “however, a .gov makes it nearly impossible to do so.”
Starting today, individuals who have the City’s current website address saved as a “favorite” or “bookmark” on their desktop computers and mobile devices are encouraged to update their preferences and settings to reflect the change.
City staff email addresses will also reflect the URL name change from @capecoral.net to @capecoral.gov. Residents and organizations should update their contact lists to reflect this change.
After the switchover, individuals who visit the .net website will automatically be redirected to the new web address. Email messages addressed to an old address will also automatically be forwarded to the recipient’s new one for a period of time.