When submitting sensitive information — such as credit card or Social Security numbers — into a website form, most everyone knows to look for the signs of a secured connection before proceeding. What you may not know is that Google and other online services are now close to requiring a secured connection — also known as encryption or secure sockets layer (SSL) — for all websites, even those that don’t collect personal information. This creates an important to-do item for anyone with a website that wants greater consumer trust, high search engine rankings, and to keep pace with technology.
The New York Times has decided to follow the AP’s style of making the word “Internet” lower case rather than capitalized. Going into effect June 1, this change is more than turning an “I” into an “i.” It shows how pervasive the global network of networks has become in our business and personal lives.