The Heartbleed bug sent us all scrambling for our password reset buttons, but Google’s Matt Cutts thinks its time to encrypt the whole internet.
Most major websites use either the SSL or TLS protocol to protect your password or credit card information as it travels between your browser and their servers. Whenever you see that a site is using HTTPS, as opposed to HTTP, you know that SSL/TLS is being used. But only a few sites — like Facebook and Gmail — actually use HTTPS to protect all of their traffic as opposed to just passwords and payment details.
Many security experts — including Google’s in-house search guru, Matt Cutts — think it’s time to bring this style of encryption to the entire web. That means secure connections to everything from your bank site to Wired.com to the online menu at your local pizza parlor.
Would this change the way we browse the web? What do you think, is this a good idea? My thinking is, the time is right and ripe for some digital novelty. Especially in a time when we’re all worried about transparency vs. privacy.