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The Ultimate Guide to OS X Performance

Back in May 2007, I wrote a guide on 52 ways to speed up OS X, the article resonated with…

Back in May 2007, I wrote a guide on 52 ways to speed up OS X, the article resonated with many people about their frustrations with their Mac’s speed and gave 52 simple ways to improve performance. In the following months and years the article received almost half a million views* but over a decade later are the tips still relevant and what are the best methods to speed up an aging mac today?

1. General Troubleshooting

A good place to start is to investigate whether there is a specific application or process slowing down your Mac. For this we turn to the Activity Monitor, Apple already has a good article on getting to grips with the various features of their task manager. For our purposes of troubleshooting, we’re interested in any applications which are using the CPU for a long period of time.

Is Adobe Acrobat Reader DC taking an unreasonable amount of the CPU over a sustained period of time?

Trying to identify the process at fault is often difficult as there isn’t a comprehensive list of all the core OS X processes (like kernel_task, fontd, WindowServer, hidd, coreaudiod). Typically when troubleshooting if a process is taking a sustained period of time to load I will simply Google it to check whether its a core OS X process, an application or malware.

Once you’ve identified the process you can then decide whether you need it or whether you should look at how to remove it.

2. Hardware

In a lot of cases, nothing is going to beat newer or better hardware. Mac’s have always been poor when it comes to upgradability and newer Mac’s haven’t made this any easier. In many cases, the components your Mac come with are the ones it will end its life with however some models allow you to change either the hard drive or the memory.

OS X and our applications love memory and the rule is simple, the more the better, if you have the option to upgrade from 2gb to 4gb or 4gb to 8gb its one of the easiest ways to see a noticeable performance increase.

Older Macs before SSDs were standard should let you replace the hard drive for a solid state drive. There are plenty of tutorials on YouTube on how to do this. The performance difference is again noticeable and its a relatively low cost way to breath some life into an older Mac.

Other upgrades such as changing processors are usually not possible or recommended due to compatibility.

3. Disk Space

As well as the physical memory (RAM) in your Mac, OS X uses virtual memory, or part of your physical disk drive. This gets cleared out at reboot and is managed automatically by the system as you use it. If you’re like me and only reboot for updates then it’s not uncommon for these files to be several gigabytes. OS X manages these files without you having to worry but it is important to ensure you have enough space left on your drive.

OS X memory usage after reboot and opening Safari
The memory tab of Activity Monitor shows the biggest memory users and the types of memory in use.

Quick tips for more disk space

  1. Empty Trash
  2. Clear back download items
  3. Run a disk space analyser app such as Free Disk Space 
  4. Delete odd applications or files

4. OS X Tweaks

This section concentrates on quick and simple changes you can make within OS X to help with performance.

Start up items

When installing applications they often install themselves as a ‘login item’ so that when you boot your machine they open at login. In many circumstances, there is a good reason for this, applications such as Dropbox or OneDrive open in this way so that they can synchronise any files waiting to download or upload. In some cases though the functionality of the program isn’t needed on boot.

Fortunately, OS X gives a simple interface for reviewing these applications:

  1. Open System Preferences
  2. Click Users & Groups
  3. Click the tab ‘login items’
  4. From here you can see the items you have on startup.
  5. To remove an item click on it then click the minus symbol.

Visual effects

Disabling some of OS X’s visual effects will make it feel a little faster, to do the following you need to open the Terminal application (found in the applications folder) :

1. Disable animations when opening and closing windows.

defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSAutomaticWindowAnimationsEnabled -bool false

2. Disable animations when opening a Quick Look window.

defaults write -g QLPanelAnimationDuration -float 0

3. Accelerated playback when adjusting the window size (Cocoa applications).

defaults write NSGlobalDomain NSWindowResizeTime -float 0.001

4. Disable animation when opening the Info window in Finder (cmd⌘ + i).

defaults write com.apple.finder DisableAllAnimations -bool true

5. Disable animations when you open an application from the Dock.

defaults write com.apple.dock launchanim -bool false

6. Make all animations faster that are used by Mission Control.

defaults write com.apple.dock expose-animation-duration -float 0.1

7. Disable the delay when you hide the Dock

defaults write com.apple.Dock autohide-delay -float 0

Reduce Finder Memory Usage

When opening finder, by default, it’s set to search for files within All My Files view. With lots of files on older Mac’s, this can slow down the opening of Finder.

  1. Open Finder
  2. Choose Preferences in the top menu
  3. Locate New Finder Window menu
  4. Now you change the default settings from “All My Files” to other more specific location, like your Documents folder. Next time you launch Finder it will automatically open in this new location.

5. Applications

I clung up to using Adobe Fireworks for years, it did everything I needed when it came to graphics editing but on my early 2015 MacBook Pro, it took a full 27 seconds to load. The reason was the way the software was written, using software development languages and libraries common in the early days of OS X.

About a year ago I switched to Acorn a modern graphics editor written specifically for newer versions of OS X, it loads on my Mac in about 2 seconds.

I hadn’t changed anything to improve performance as such but just by changing the application I had made my Mac feel significantly quicker.

There’s no hard and fast rules when it comes to finding faster applications but if there is a common application you use which is either slow to load or to use then try searching for an alternative.

In general applications made specifically for OS X (such as my example above) are quicker.

Application Updates

Updates are a tricky one when it comes to performance, for many software developers performance related improvements will come in incremental releases after the main product has shipped. However, as we reported on earlier in the year with the Meltdown/Spectre exploits any related updates could have crippling performance issues.

On the other hand, Apple has released entire versions of OSX (remember OS X 10.6 Snow Leopard and to a lesser extent OS X 10.13 High Sierra) to give performance improvements.

In general, updates function as security fixes and bug fixes rather than performance improvements.

6. Web Browsers

Clear Cache

  • Safari. Launch the browser and select ‘Safari’ from the menu bar, followed by ‘Preferences…’ In the window that appears, click the ‘Privacy’ tab and give the ‘Manage Website Data…’ button a click. Select ‘Remove All.’
  • Chrome. Launch Chrome and select ‘History’ from the menu bar, followed by ‘Show full history.’ Click the ‘Clear browsing data…’ button.

 

Browser Extensions

How to remove Safari extensions

  1. Launch Safari.
  2. Click Safari > Preferences in the upper menu
  3. Choose Extensions tab.
  4. Remove the extensions you don’t need

How to remove Chrome extensions

  1. Launch Chrome.
  2. Click a three-dot icon in the top-right corner.
  3. Click More tools > Extensions.
  4. This will show you all the extensions you have installed. Simply delete or disable any you no longer use or recognise.

8. Other Troubleshooting

Resetting the SMC

Resetting the SMC can fix a number of power and hardware related problems including:

  • Problems with cooling fans: Such as your the fans run at high speeds for long periods of time or your fans not working at all
  • Lighting issues: Such as your battery indicator lights not working, problems with display backlighting or keyboard backlights issues.
  • Power management issues: Such as your Mac not turning on, sleep not working, random shutdowns and reboots.
  • Battery problems: Such as your battery not charging.
  • General performance and functionality issues: Such as your Mac feeling abnormally slow despite no CPU or disk usage or if your external ports are not working, airport and Bluetooth not working.

To reset on Mac desktops:

  1. Shut down your Mac.
  2. Unplug the power cord.
  3. Wait at least 15 seconds.
  4. Plug the power cord back in.
  5. Wait 5 seconds, then press the power button again to turn on your Mac.

To reset on Mac laptops:

  1. Shut down your Mac.
  2. Press Shift-Control-Option on the left side of the built-in keyboard, then press the power button at the same time. Hold these keys and the power button for 10 seconds.
    If you have a MacBook Pro with Touch ID, the Touch ID button is also the power button.
  3. Release all keys.
  4. Press the power button again to turn on your Mac.

9. Good Practice

These tips aren’t necessarily going to speed OS X up but will make the day to day usage of your Mac easier and hence feel quicker to use.

Keeping the downloads folder clean

Since the introduction of High Sierra, when you’ve downloaded a new installation file, you will be prompted to send the file to the trash. This doesn’t apply to other files such as PDFs and images so its good practice to clear back this folder once in a while.

Removing Unused Apps

In most cases removing an unused app is as simple as locating it in finder and dragging it to the trash.

10. Final Note

Hopefully, the above tips will help keep your Mac feeling fast and current and remember to try to restart once in a while!

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Best laptop brands in the UK: Apple, Dell, Asus, and more

If you are based in the US, please visit this page. To survive in today’s world, a laptop is almost a necessity. Whether you’re a contractor using a 2-in-1 (a PC that has the features of both a laptop and a tablet) to show off floor plans or a student who needs a Chromebook for…


If you are based in the US, please visit thispage.

To survive in today’s world, a laptop is almost a necessity. Whether you’re a contractor using a 2-in-1 (a PC that has the features of both a laptop and a tablet) to show off floor plans or a student who needs a Chromebook for class, they make life that much easier. 

But with all the name brands offering every laptop you could possibly imagine, how can you tell which ones are best? 

At first glance, that’s not an easy question to answer since there are laptops that can do everything you could possibly want or need. It can be even harder when trying to separate them by brand and trying to find out what advantages some companies offer over others.

Luckily, we’re here to help make that search a little easier. From reviews, body design, brand alternatives, and more, we’ve figured out the best laptop brands to shop for in 2019.

BEST REVIEWED

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The Good

Excellent reviews across the board • Wide selection of laptops

The Bad

Poor customer support

The Bottom Line

With a huge selection of laptops, Lenovo is the brand to lean on for consistently positive reviews

1. Lenovo

While you might not think it, Lenovo is the brand to check out if you’re looking for some of the best reviewed laptops out there.

  • Popular line:ThinkPad
  • Chromebooks:Yes
  • 2-in-1s:Yes
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A laptop could look like the best thing ever on paper, but if it’s poorly reviewed, that could be the kiss of death. Positive reviews, especially when it comes to laptops, are still the best barometer to go by when looking for a new device. And Lenovo consistently receives great feedback.
At first glance, you may find it surprising that Lenovo is the best-reviewed laptop brand, especially when put up against other names like Apple or HP. While these aren’t poorly reviewed, it’s simply the fact that, laptop to laptop, Lenovo keeps a level of consistency across its products that contributes to those positive reviews.
The ThinkPad line is Lenovo’s go-to line of laptops for anyone looking for an excellent, well-rounded laptop like the T470. The biggest reasons for this are a sturdy design and build quality, fast performance under the hood, and an excellent battery life. The X1 Carbon reviewed extremely well across the board, too, from the likes of PCMag and LaptopMag. Common praises went to the Carbon’s thin design and battery life, among other features.
Those are just two examples of the positive reviews Lenovo laptops have received in 2018. On the whole, if reviews matter to you when finding your perfect laptop in 2019, Lenovo is a go-to choice. 

BEST CUSTOMER SUPPORT

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The Good

Excellent customer service • macOS offers smooth performance

The Bad

No major changes to hardware • Limited choice

The Bottom Line

Customer support can make or break someone’s experience, and no one does it better with laptops than Apple

2. Apple

Apple doesn’t just offer premium laptops, but premium customer service as well to ensure those MacBooks keep going.

  • Popular line:MacBook
  • Chromebooks:No
  • 2-in-1s:No
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As great as modern technology is, we still haven’t reached a point where everything works 100% of the time (and we probably never will). That’s why it’s important to have good customer support to keep the user base happy. And no company does that better right now than Apple.
In a way, it’s almost a necessity for Apple to invest in its customer support given the quality of their products. That doesn’t mean the 2018 MacBook is low quality, it’s the opposite. Because Apple products are of a certain quality, it only makes sense customers would expect the same of its customer support.
Thankfully, Apple consistently lives up to its users’ expectations. Agents respond quickly to questions about functions or possible difficulties, whether it be on the Apple website or social media. If you need to get your MacBook serviced, you can take it to the closest Apple store to get it checked out. That kind of boots on the ground support is practically unrivalled in this space.
And if you have AppleCare+, accidental damage is covered for those drops and cracks. There will be repair fees, but it’s still better than dropping another £2300 on a new MacBook Pro.
Customer support can make or break most people’s experiences with a company, though it’s true you tend to hear more about negative experiences than positive ones. Thankfully, Apple has been able to stay on the opposite side of that, so if you need your MacBook checked out, you’ll be in good hands. 

BEST FOR GAMERS

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The Good

High-end gaming on the go • Surprisingly thin design

The Bad

Limited choice of models

The Bottom Line

Razer offers desktop power in a thin, laptop body for any gamers on the go

3. Razer

When it comes to PC gaming, Razer is a premiere name offering premium laptops.

  • Popular line:Blade
  • Chromebooks:No
  • 2-in-1s available:No
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When it comes to PC gaming, the right name does make a difference. Sure, companies like Asus might offer their own gaming laptops, but in this space, there might be no better name than Razer.
Started in 2005, Razer broke into PC gaming with the Boomslang mouse and it was off to the races. Today, Razer peripherals are among the best products you can get to fill out a gaming setup. Whether it’s a mouse with high DPI for movement, a mechanical keyboard with mechanical switches for faster input, or a THX-infused surround sound headset, you can find some of the best accessories on the market from this company.
In the last few years, Razer also expanded into gaming laptops with the Razer Blade line. As opposed to other gaming laptops that lean on the bulkier side, Razer has been able to pack plenty of power into extremely slim bodies. 
The model that captures this best is the 4K version of Razer Blade Pro 17. Packing a GeForce GTX 1080 and Intel Core i7 processor, it isn’t lacking for power in any way. And since it’s VR ready, you’ll finally be able to get yourself an Oculus Rift or HTC Vive. There’s also the Razer Blade Stealth for anyone who doesn’t have the dime to drop on the Blade Pro 17. Just keep in mind, affordable pricing for Razer is still around £1500.
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Is Buying Antivirus Software Necessary?

Let’s address the elephant in the room – malware and viruses do exist! Devices are not immune so we have…

Let’s address the elephant in the room – malware and viruses do exist! Devices are not immune so we have to ask “Is Buying Antivirus Software Necessary?”! It is worth noting that if your phone, tablet or computer is invulnerable to internet threats today, it isn’t a guarantee it will stay so forever.

Having said that, let’s discuss why viruses are immensely prevalent on some platforms while on others they are almost non-existent.

First and foremost, we need to understand that cybercrime is a lucrative business. Hackers are always in search of ways to sneak in into users’ systems and capitalize on sensitive information.

While most vulnerabilities till now have been centered around the Windows OS, other system software like that of Apple’s isn’t as protected either as it once used to be.

It’s not that there are issues with Apple’s inbuilt security system, but rather, cyber culprits have found new ways of slipping through advanced defense systems. The reason why they have started out so late is that they were pretty content targeting the much easier and larger number of Windows and Android users till now.

Though Apple’s security is pretty impressive, it isn’t completely immune. For cybercriminals exploiting the system, it is just a matter of time.

As of now, Apple doesn’t really have antivirus software for the iOS and the same goes for Google’s Chrome OS, one of the most secure systems to date.

The few apps that claim to protect devices running on these operating systems are probably Security Software. So, for the time being, we will focus our attention on Windows, OS X, and Android systems.

 

Windows PCs and Laptops

 

Before progressing any further, let’s answer the simpler stuff first – Is buying antivirus software necessary for windows 7 or older?

The answer is simple and straightforward – YES, IT IS!

Now back to what’s more popular: What about Windows 8 and Windows 10?

While Windows 8 and above have had some significant improvements in their security system, especially after the introduction of Windows 10 with which Windows Defender Antivirus (a step-up to the Microsoft Security Essentials) comes included, the everlasting question whether one needs an additional antivirus software or not still remains unanswered.

Before passing any judgment, it must be noted that Windows Defender switches off gracefully once it detects a third-party program to avoid any interference. Hence, you once an antivirus software is installed and running the Windows Defender isn’t going to work any longer. Unless you are confident with your antivirus software, it is best letting Microsoft’s default defender do the job.

While Windows Defender if good, it certainly isn’t the best! According to AV-TEST, Microsoft’s inbuilt security program score a 4.5 out of 6. Of course, it isn’t bad but not as capable as Avira’s or Avast’s antivirus software that topped the list in December 2017.

 

Mac OS X Desktop Computers and Laptops

 

For a long time, Mac OS X was incredibly safe. Apple’s intelligently designed sandbox OS made it extremely difficult for criminals to hack Apple devices.

As a matter of fact, if a few years ago a Mac user would install an antivirus software, the only purpose it would solve was preventing it from passing to other devices on the same network. However, Macs have been cracked and have lately been more vulnerable to threats like never before.

For now, home users are pretty safe from being affected by a malware or a virus. Even though not many Mac users have been affected by a virus, it wouldn’t be right to forget that the risks are there.

To be on the safer side, it wouldn’t be a bad idea investing in an antivirus. Just like for the Windows, antivirus software from Kaspersky, Symantec and Avast do an impressive job of protecting Apple devices.

 

Android Phones and Tablets

 

It wouldn’t be safe to say that Android viruses do not exist at all. However, as long as one refrains from downloading apps from external sources, it is almost impossible your device to be infected by a virus or malware.

While, by default, Google doesn’t allow its Android users to installs apps from third-party source, this can be easily modified through a few steps in the settings. If you regularly install apps from unknown sources or are one of those courageous users who fiddle with their devices by gaining root access, having an antivirus installed wouldn’t be a bad idea.

It must be noted, that the Android threats known till now aren’t as malicious as the ones affecting Windows PCs and Laptops. This is mainly because it isn’t as easy to exploit an Android device and there isn’t much reason to do so as most of the sensitive information that hackers are in the hunt for is one computer.

As of now, there hasn’t been an Android malware that has caused booting issues for a device. Even if one feels his Android phone or tablet has been affected by a virus, all he has to do is back up his data and run a factory reset.

While having an antivirus might seem something optional, one might not regret having a security software instead installed on his Android.

What is important to keep in mind is that Android runs on devices that have a tendency to get stolen. Losing a phone or a tablet is quite daunting indeed. But giving away sensitive information is even worse. And, that is where security software plays a crucial role.

 

Is Buying Antivirus Software Necessary or will a free version suffice?

 

While free antivirus software today, like the Sophos Antivirus, protect devices from threats to a good degree, they are obviously nowhere near to what the paid ones are capable of doing.

Whether or not to pay for an antivirus or whether even having one is required is a highly personal opinion and there are certain things that are to be considered while making such a decision. If of course, you have important data on your device, something you cannot afford lose an inexpensive antivirus is worth adding to the expense.

For some suggestions on which antivirus to pick, check our article – Top 5 Antivirus programs for 2018

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5 Reasons to keep your operating system up to date

Many users have developed the bad habit of delaying or ignoring operating systems updates. They see the little pop up…

Many users have developed the bad habit of delaying or ignoring operating systems updates. They see the little pop up reminders and simply hit “postpone” without a second thought. That is until they experience their first major problem with their shiny new PC or laptop!

Instead of putting off important updates, which we all know inevitably pop up at the least opportune times, users should prioritise them. This is not only to keep yourself secure but also it has benefits relating to your computers performance speed.

So, why is it so important to keep your system updated?

 

Security vulnerability fixes

 

The very first reason why new updates constantly appear is to fix security holes. The thing is, no matter how secure an operating system is designed to be, hackers more often than not find ways to exploit systems. Most malicious threats are caused by security flaws that remain unfixed due to a not up-to-date OS.

By ignoring updates, this is the digital equivalent of leaving your doors unlocked and open!

 

Better Functionality

 

An OS update will usually provide its users with new and enhanced features. This might also include processing speed improvements. So, the next time you feel your computer isn’t functioning as good as it used to a few weeks back, all you might have to do is wait for an update!

Other functionality features can include improved web browsers or built in security features such as fingerprint ID or face recognition logins.

 

Bug fixes

 

All software providers, including your OS provider, carry out meticulous checks before selling their products. However, it is only after some time that faults in the source code starts to appear. That is where updates come into play.

By not updating and having these bugs in play, many bad things can potentially happen on your PC. From software simply not working to an entire OS failure at the extreme end of the spectrum!

 

Improvement of Hardware performance

 

OS updates very often bring along driver updates. A driver is a piece of software that allows the operating system to interact with hardware. Depending on the hardware connected to a computer, driver updates might increase the overall performance of your machine, especially when it comes to gaming and connecting to the Wi-Fi.

Although many hardware manufacturers provide driver update capabilities separately, OS providers have improved leaps and bounds in recent years as far as seamlessly providing driver updates is concerned.

 

Avoiding passing a virus to other computers

 

While your computer’s operating system might be relatively immune to different malware, it doesn’t necessarily mean it cannot spread to other devices that are on the same network you are on.

For instance, your Macintosh should be quite safe from cyber attacks however you may easily pass a threat to your friends or colleagues who are on a Windows device if you are sharing a common network.

While an update might not be able to completely prevent such a scenario, it definitely can reduce the risks associated with it.

As well as updating your operating system, make sure you have an anti-virus installed to protect yourself. For more information check our article – Top 5 Antivirus programs for 2018

 

No excuses – Keep your Operating System up to date!

 

Don’t forget, system updates are designed to protect their users from cyber attacks and provide the best performance. Ignoring them might prove critical to the functioning of your device. If you want to ensure best user experience, there really shouldn’t be an excuse to not keep your operating system up to date!

 

 

 

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10 Cyber Security trends to look out for in 2018

It is still too early to predict whether 2018 will be safer than 2017 when it comes to cybersecurity. It…

It is still too early to predict whether 2018 will be safer than 2017 when it comes to cybersecurity. It is fair enough to say that this question has been raised since last year wasn’t the best for many IT companies and global organizations. However, experts have already made a few predictions for 2018 based on the current cyber security trends. Let’s have a look at them one at a time:

 

1) A.I. Cybersecurity

Artificial intelligence has come a long way from where it once started. AI-powered programs today are capable of monitoring events which can help identify incoming cyber attacks. However, according to experts, cybersecurity AI may beat the purpose for what it is designed as it may be able to assist hackers in carrying out even more complex attacks. Some have even called them double-edged swords.

 

2) IoT (Internet of Things) with improved security features

Internet of Things, which is a growing topic of conversation today, is the correlation of computing devices with physical objects via the internet, such that they are able to send and receive data. From Apple Watches to Nest Thermostats, IoT will see a growth like never before with some professionals estimating over 20 billion connected units by the end of this year. If anything can cause an obstacle in this positive transformation, it would certainly be a collapse of security. After the massive amounts of DDoS attacks in 2017, security leaders have gotten a heads up about possible compromises through IoT devices. We certainly can expect a good amount of improved security features associated with IoT devices this year.

 

3) Biometric Authentication

Let’s face the truth! Usernames and Passwords suck! They are impersonal and put a burden on users in remembering them. With the introduction of fingerprint sensors on mobile phones and the huge success of Apple’s FaceID, we should expect more of biometric-enabled devices in the coming months. While it might be a little too early to expect biometric authentication in all our daily accounts, we might see a start of a new identity authentication evolution.

 

4) GDPR – General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

General Data Protection Regulation is probably something we haven’t heard till lately. GDPR is a set of regulations, expected to go into effect on May 25, 2018, that is intended to strengthen data protection for all individuals and businesses within the European Union. While its to early to predict anything, the GDPR is expected to have a significant influence on the digital sector of Europe.

 

5) Cyber attacks on global organizations

Mainframes are the backbone of most global organizations. These are the computers responsible for processing bulk data such as statistics, census, bank operations and ATM transactions. While security firms focus more on protecting mobile and computer systems, mainframes are being overlooked.

 

6) Cloud security

With the automotive industry recently joining the cloud family, providing users with state of the art navigation systems, it is predicted that there would be huge investments to secure the cloud environment. The priority would be to generate trust among cloud users to store data without hesitation on servers they don’t own.

 

7) Increase in Ransomware

Ransomware, as the name suggests, is a malicious virus where the victim’s access to information is blocked unless a ransom is paid. Typically, the ransom amount is in hundreds or thousands of dollars although sometimes even higher. Last year itself, there has been an increase of 36 percent of ransomware and the trend doesn’t seem to slow down. The Petya Ransomware that caused mayhem in almost all of Europe and other parts of the world in 2017 is a warning to expect more.

 

8) Cryptocurrencies and Blockchains

Cryptocurrencies have been an evolution. However, they do have certain drawbacks, especially when it comes to bitcoins. Since Bitcoin transactions do not require identity verification and can be done anonymously, they have fueled events of ransom threats like never before.

This is predicted to continue growing as we progress into 2018. Cryptocurrencies have been built around the concept of blockchains and this technology is just limited to them. While it is tough to predict what other implications blockchains might have on cybersecurity, some educated predictions say they could be used in decentralizing access control and improving identity management.

 

9) Threats to serverless apps

While serverless apps have some considerable advantages, they are potential threats to cyber-attacks, the reason being – the lack of servers. It might seem counter-intuitive at first as for the most part, the security of the serverless application is controlled by the customer itself. However, that isn’t always the best idea, as a users device might not always be the safest location to store important information.

 

10) Safer for everyone

2017 was a year when we experienced cyber attacks we have never seen before. Such events have pushed security experts to carry out careful investigations to make sure certain cybercrimes do not repeat. Governments and tech-firms have invested an immense amount of money to tackle a problem that caused more than $3 trillion of damages worldwide just last year. The increased amount of general awareness and the proper preparedness from various authorities should make the internet a much safer place for everyone.

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