Google had a grand announcement the other day that many people probably didn’t even notice: Google Search over SSL. If you’re not sure what this means, Wikipedia has a decent article on SSL but here’s a quick blurb:
…Secure Socket Layer (SSL), [is a] cryptographic protocol that provides security for communications over networks such as the Internet. …SSL encrypts the segments of network connections at the Transport Layer.
In English this means is that SSL protects data between your computer and the server that you’re connecting to (in this case, Google’s servers). While I agree that securing your connection is smart for those times when you’re browsing on an unprotected hot spot, there are also some technical implications that this has on your browsing experience. Google pages may load slower and many of the links to services that your normally get won’t appear (at least until they have SSL enabled too).