Clinton, Rubio leading 2016 field — in website security

Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe two infectious diseases spreading across America Former Clinton staffers invited to celebrate Sanders dropping out: report Sanders exit leaves deep disappointment on left MORE and Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioMnuchin, Schumer in talks to strike short-term relief deal Senators push for changes to small business aid Phase-four virus relief hits a wall MORE are leading the likely 2016 presidential field when it comes to website security, according to one analysis.

Clinton and Rubio (R-Fla.), who each announced presidential bids in the last 24 hours, won high marks from Web developer Paul Schreiber for automatically encrypting Web traffic to their campaign sites.

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Sens. Rand PaulRandal (Rand) Howard PaulZoom, grocery delivery, self-isolation: How lawmakers are surviving coronavirus Rand Paul volunteering at hospital after negative coronavirus test Georgia governor says he didn't know asymptomatic people could spread coronavirus MORE (R-Ky.) and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzLawmakers announce legislation to fund government purchases of oil Overnight Energy: Oil giants meet with Trump at White House | Interior extends tenure of controversial land management chief | Oil prices tick up on hopes of Russia-Saudi deal Oil giants meet at White House amid talk of buying strategic reserves MORE (R-Texas), on the other hand, do not direct users to a HTTPS-version campaign website by default.

Cruz's encrypted site also does not work without the "www" at the beginning of the address. Schreiber called this a sign that the senator's team "isn't very good" at operating online, pointing to early technical stumbles for his campaign.

Encryption adds an additional layer of security to Web browsing by ensuring that snoopers cannot monitor traffic.

Taking this step is seen as a crucial measure of an organization's seriousness online. The White House, after encrypting its own traffic last month, is pushing for all federal agencies to do the same.

"So, you want to run a country. Can you hire someone who can run a website? These days, that means all new sites, whether running the government or delivering news should be built over HTTPS," Schreiber, who works for data site FiveThirtyEight, wrote Sunday in a blog post.

The post also inventoried the content delivery networks, mail servers and other aspects of the four declared candidates' sites.

Rubio and Cruz registered their domain names through GoDaddy, Clinton used Network Solutions, while Paul used Fabulous.com, for example.