SSL can broadly be considered a good thing. Any transaction involving financial information, such as online banking or e-commerce, typically uses SSL to keep your information private. In recent years there has been a drive to secure all internet traffic with SSL, not just traffic containing private/sensitive information, such as username/password combinations or financial data, but general traffic as well. Major worldwide news stories in recent years, such as the Edward Snowden global mass surveillance revelations, mean more users are demanding encryption online. This rings true even in areas traditionally considered less important and the providers are more than happy to oblige.
The end result is an increased use of SSL; most of the world’s most popular websites such as Google, Amazon and Facebook now have HTTPS switched on by default for all traffic. It’s estimated that today, over half the world’s internet traffic is encrypted.