Philip Bates has written an excellent article about security on the Internet. I would suggest it be required reading for every Internet user. He talks about the latest developments in encryption and SSL (Secure Sockets Layer).
SSL is the standard security technology for establishing an encrypted link between a web server and a browser. This link ensures that all data passed between the web server and browsers remain private and integral. SSL is an industry standard and is used by millions of websites in the protection of their online transactions with their customers.
SSL was the more-or-less guaranteed method of establishing secure, encrypted communications with a web server. However, weaknesses eventually were detected in the SSL protocol and were exploited by hackers and the NSA alike. Philip Bates’ article explains how SSL is adapting, being upgraded and replaced to give you better peace of mind.
You can read How Web Browsing Is Becoming Even More Secure at http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/web-browsing-becoming-even-secure/.