Industry Standards are Changing to 2048-bit
Old 1024-bit SSL certificates will no longer be supported by browsers in 2014
There is a new standard in town. All certificates from here on out will be at least 2048-bit encryption (or ECC), rather than the older 1024-bit. This is a new requirement that will be permanently in place by January 1, 2014, set forth by the one and only Certificate/Browser (CA/B) Forum. All new certs and renewals that are being issued are already 2048-bit, so no need to worry.
Overall, this is good news, because this just simply means SSL is getting stronger. As computers continue to become more powerful, the old 1024-bit certs become more vulnerable to being hacked by sophisticated computer processing capabilities. So, the easy answer is to beef up encryption so that these computers aren't powerful enough to hack….it will take another 10-15 years or so before a computer would have enough muscle to even think about it again.