Clinton, Rubio leading 2016 field — in website security

Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham Clinton Democrats plot new approach to win over rural voters The Memo: Sanders-Warren battle could reshape Democratic primary Rosenstein says he authorized release of Strzok-Page texts MORE and Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioApple under pressure to unlock Pensacola shooter's phones Senators offer bill to create alternatives to Huawei in 5G tech Surging Sanders draws fresh scrutiny ahead of debate 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 PaulGOP threatens to weaponize impeachment witnesses amid standoff Paul predicts no Republicans will vote to convict Trump Graham on impeachment trial: 'End this crap as quickly as possible' MORE (R-Ky.) and Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzSunday shows preview: Lawmakers gear up for Senate impeachment trial Senate GOP mulls speeding up Trump impeachment trial The Hill's Morning Report — President Trump on trial 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.