This article is published on Medium.

While 2018 was largely dominated by the declining price of ZEC (and all major cryptocurrencies), it marked a significant milestone in the evolution of Zcash with both the Overwinter and Sapling network upgrades taking place. As a result, shielded transactions can now routinely be sent in a couple of seconds using a fraction of the RAM previously required (~40MB). Despite this, the percentage of shielded transactions on the network is still low, and as such, there is a greater emphasis on the adoption and usability of shielded transactions.