Something that has surprised me is that although this is a security website, SSL logins are not available; why not?

I am currently sitting in an internet cafe at an airport "SurfandSip"-ing, and I was slightly wary of logging in. Does AO use a login method similar to the one valhallen posted a while back, or are they just cleartext passwords? I'm going to change mine as soon as I get home, but that does not defeat the issue..