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# Quantum computing’s imminent impact on cybersecurity

## Qubits will allow processing speeds 100 million times faster than the fastest supercomputers.

Did you know that current encryption tools considered impossible to break will become useless with the introduction of revolutionary new quantum computing technology?

The word “quantum” means the smallest possible discrete unit of a physical property. Instead of using defined property objects like binary code “bits” in traditional computers, quantum computers use quantum bits, called “qubits.” Classical bits are either “1” or “0.” Qubits have complex numbers ranging from the possibility that the bit is a “0” to the possibility that it is a “1.” So, a qubit is 0 and 1 and all possible numbers between 0 and 1.

Depending upon the algorithm inputted into the computer, and the interaction between the computer and its physical environment, quantum computing is estimated to be able to process as much as 100 million times faster than the fastest supercomputer available now. So, it’s theoretically possible for one to calculate something in 200 seconds that a traditional computer would have taken 10,000 years to calculate.

With this advance, a quantum computer could break most encryption on the internet, exposing vulnerabilities in online commerce, by as early as 2025.