Google Chrome, the most widely used Internet browser, has officially started warning users that unencrypted Web pages are “not secure.” Among those “not secure,” as of Aug. 9: The front pages of the official government websites for 14 states and four of the nation’s 10 most populous cities. Encryption — most easily represented with an “HTTPS” rather than “HTTP” in front of a site’s Web address — is the practice of encoding data traveling between a website and its visitor so that any third parties who are a
Olivier Schott, founder and chief marketing officer, Scalefast. The world of retail is undergoing seismic shifts, one of the biggest being the growing importance of direct-to-consumer (DTC) e-commerce. Today, brands are realizing that their direct-to-consumer channel provides the best way to build lasting relationships with consumers and is critical for long-term success and customer loyalty. At the same time, it is difficult to ignore the rising domination of Amazon. In 2017, the retail giant alone accounted for a staggering 44 percent of the entire U.S. e-commerce market. For many consumers, Amazon is the default starting point when looking to buy products online. In fact, Amazon is now the most popular product search engine on the web, surpassing even Google. Amazon has rough...
Gregory Rakoczy was asleep in his van at a Maryland campsite when six police officers knocked on his door. A fellow camper had Googled his name and found a mugshot indicating he was a felon on the run. He was not. Rakoczy was arrested and held for 20 hours. Afterward he immediately Googled his own name and found that his picture had recently gone up on Mugshots.com for criminal charges he had faced 15 years ago. At that time Rakoczy ran a company that installed audiovisual equipment in homes. He was charged with fraud after his firm sold dozens of clients one model of TV but installed a different one – a mistake he said was made by a distributor, but one he should have noticed. Most of the 90 charges – one for every person sold the wrong TV – were dismissed after he replaced the TVs