I came across an interesting Security 101 type article about how many popular sites do not protect their users passwords with SSL titled Look At All of These Passwords!
If you use any number of popular web forums or even some commercial services like classmates.com, amazon.com, netzero.com or your provider’s webmail service, you may not be aware that you’re sending your credentials over the internet in the clear.
Some sites appear to secure your credentials, but they really don’t. Some offer SSL sign-ins, but don’t make them the default. Others don’t even make an attempt to use proper SSL encryption or any attempt to obscure the credentials.
Definately a good read and an eye opener as to how many popular sites out there do not implement proper security techniques for something as simple as a login process.