Even without taking email into account, the average person spends about 13 hours a week online. Even though users are online more than ever before, trust in the Internet may be at an all-time low.
Security and privacy have always been important issues when it comes to Internet usage, but recent events have brought these issues to the forefront. With reports of mass surveillance, people are feeling more threatened by the idea that they are being “watched.” Your internet service provider can assist you with basic security and encryption for your wireless, but, with recent happenings this just simply is not enough protection. Fortunately, the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) and other concerned groups are working on making the internet more secure through full standard encryption of all web traffic.
Why is Security Important?
At the most basic level, we want to believe that what we do on the Internet is private. Whether we are “googling” cat memes or drafting a steamy love letter, our activity should be private. Most of the time, however, it is anything but private. On a more practical note, sensitive materials such as financial data, passwords, and personal information could be stolen in an unsecured environment. You never know what could happen if this information gets into the wrong hands.
What are the Benefits of Full Encryption?
Although certain types of websites already use standards such as HTTPS, the majority of websites remain unsecured. If the IETF introduced default encryption, this can benefit users in a few different ways:
- Financial Data is Safe-Even though banking sites use HTTPS, your financial or banking information could still be exposed without standard encryption. If full standard encryption is the norm, you won’t have to worry about this information being exposed.
- Surf in Peace-Ever feel like big brother is watching you surf the Internet? When you are browsing the Internet securely, you can feel free to do whatever you want without the fear that someone can see your every move.
- Your Identity is Secure-If your social security number or other personal information is stolen, you may be at risk for identity theft. With fully encrypted Internet, your identity will be protected.
- Trust is Restored-One of the most important benefits to full encryption is that trust can be restored once again. A general sense of security can help you to feel comfortable carrying out everyday tasks on the Internet.
Since we spend so much of our lives online, safety and security is crucial. Imagine if you could check your email, do your banking, and social networking without the fear of a security threat. Full encryption of the Internet would allow you to surf the Internet and feel safe at the same time.