As other assets are onboarded to blockchains, the new technology will allow for markets to flourish around the clock without maintenance, enjoy better fraud and network protection, and take advantage of a frictionless online investing and banking experience. Although blockchain has struggled to gain relevance in terms of upending traditional financial services, this latest development is a great step forward for all stakeholders in financial markets.

These advances mean that an era when investors will be able to hold and manage their entire portfolio from a personalized wallet isn’t far off; it’s already arrived.

Cyber-security has become a more comprehensive effort than ever before. When attacks are not simple hacks and direct breaches, security experts must focus their labors on the less-considered paths of attack. 2019 will see the challenges increase and evolve as companies must constantly contend with millions of possible attack vectors. However, as new attacks emerge, so do the mechanisms to defend against them.

Blockchain can be a breath of fresh air for multimedia’s ongoing push for wider reach by streamlining the connection between content creators and brands looking to capitalize on their exposure. By supporting new and unique ways to connect and remove the need for intermediaries who inevitably slow the process, blockchain offers a freer and more dynamic ecosystem both for vloggers and the companies seeking to expand their influence.

Ethereum remains the king for now as its competitors continue to find their footing and attempt to gather recognition. To its credit, the platform is working on improvements—including making the switch to PoS consensus and implementing the lightning network for off-chain transactions—but it is fair to question if it is too little, too late.

Blockchain-based computing tools are built on the strength of their networks, which is both a negative and a positive. On one hand, they are entirely reliant on the number of users connecting and collaborating, so they could theoretically fail before they reach critical mass. On the other, they provide a truly viable model to unlock the real potential of computing power to continue fueling technological innovation.