View Full Version : Shutdown or Sleep mode ?

Bill Gates Jr.
08-26-2015, 04:51 PM
I generally hut down my iMac after each use. But it does take a short while to get back up to my Yosemite screen. Sleep mode would be a lot faster. What are the pros and cons of using either Sleep mode or Shutdown mode? I am using only about 10% of my HD.

08-26-2015, 04:53 PM
Sleep it.:)

08-26-2015, 05:18 PM
I use sleep and periodically I do a restart - usually when some app updates or I run Onyx (which will call for a restart anyway.)


08-26-2015, 05:44 PM
Just let it sleep. The only time I reboot is when a system update requires it or if a thunderstorm is about.

Bill Gates Jr.
08-26-2015, 06:02 PM
Sleep it is.

08-27-2015, 04:01 AM
Eh? I shut mine down each day, at night, right before bed. Personally, I can wait the 30 seconds it takes for the computer to come on. When it's off, it's inaccessible to hackers, and more importantly, starts fresh each day. And it's a habit at this point. Feels weird to leave on electronics connected to plugs when no one is "watching" them.

Bill Gates Jr.
08-27-2015, 04:43 AM
Okay pigoo3, harryb2448 and lisa, Is the computer more vulnerable to hacking in Sleep mode?

08-27-2015, 12:48 PM
Are you connected to the internet all the time?

08-27-2015, 01:49 PM
Okay pigoo3, harryb2448 and lisa, Is the computer more vulnerable to hacking in Sleep mode?

No. As long as you're connected through a router or modem/router, the hardware firewall protects you.

Bill Gates Jr.
08-27-2015, 02:36 PM
I am connected through a router. So sleep mode it is.
I need to spread some reputation around chscag so can't give you a thumbs up.

08-27-2015, 03:20 PM
Okay pigoo3, harryb2448 and lisa, Is the computer more vulnerable to hacking in Sleep mode?

A small detail to add (this may only apply to folks who do not have their computer connected behind a router with a hardware firewall).

I suppose anything is possible. The question is how probable. Here's an article that discusses how it could be possible. I'm still going to "sleep" all my Mac's.:)

OS X 'Sleep Mode' Security Flaw Makes Your Apple Macs Vulnerable To Hackers: What You Should Know : PERSONAL TECH : Tech Times (http://www.techtimes.com/articles/57490/20150603/os-x-sleep-mode-security-flaw-makes-your-apple-macs-vulnerable-to-hackers-what-you-should-know.htm)

- Nick

Bill Gates Jr.
08-27-2015, 08:00 PM
Additional question. If my Mac is connected by Wi-Fi to my router, would it still be protected by the router firewall?
Also does anyone know if Apple fixed the vulnerability mentioned in the article posted by pigoo3 ?

08-27-2015, 08:10 PM
It doesn't matter how you're connected to your router since the security is set on the router itself.

I've no idea if Apple has fixed the issue. The odds of that being an issue are fairly minimal I'd reckon (I'm not entirely sure however) and the odds of this being an issue for you are probably not all that great. The easiest way to try and minimize this possibility is to simply avoid shady websites.

Bill Gates Jr.
08-27-2015, 08:38 PM
Thanks for the info. FYI, I do not log on to shady websites. Not knowingly. The subject in this post concerns sleep mode vs Shut Down mode. I did give you a thumbs.
I do know from reading on this forum that i should not download anything from CNET or ultrasonic. Any others that i should know about?

08-27-2015, 10:38 PM
I defer to Apple's position on this topic, which is the "Ford v. Chevy" debate of the Internet. Apple says you should sleep the computer unless you are going to be away from it for a significant amount of time (they do not define "significant," but clearly mean "more than the time you are asleep." I've always personally interpreted it as "a week or more"). My computer sleeps until I either run OnyX (http://www.titanium.free.fr/downloadonyx.php) or a new system update comes out, ie they are only restarted when needed.

Rod Sprague
08-28-2015, 01:34 AM
Sleep for me too. All same as above.:)

Bill Gates Jr.
08-28-2015, 06:00 AM
Okay. Sleep mode it is. Time to end this thread. Thanks all for input.

08-28-2015, 05:36 PM
Threads don't end Junior. Left should others have the same/similar question.

08-28-2015, 08:25 PM
Thanks to advice on this forum I am now a "leave it on" Mac owner! And I like it, starts back up a lot quicker.

Bill Gates Jr.
08-28-2015, 11:03 PM
Junior? Really? I'm over 71 years old. I admit I am not as knowledgable on things Mac or of this forum like certain Premium Members, but by ending this thread I did not mean to delete this thread. I meant that I have my answer and will not belabor the point of shutdown vs Sleep mode by adding any more comments. I would not know how to delete a thread. I have also been helped by older threads on this forum so there is no reason I would have to delete any thread, even if I knew how.

08-29-2015, 05:56 AM
Junior? Really? I'm over 71 years old.

I guessing that Harry may have been teasing a bit with the "junior" part.:) I think Harry has you by a few years.

- Nick

Bill Gates Jr.
08-29-2015, 06:49 AM
well its probably my fault for picking a name that takes a while to type...and has a Jr. in it. Maybe I'll change it to peteC0344


08-29-2015, 06:52 AM
well its probably my fault for picking a name that takes a while to type...and has a Jr. in it. Maybe I'll change it to peteC0344

Ha ha Pete. Yes…I think that you hit the nail on the head. Harry probably was teasing you with the term "junior"…since that's part of your Mac-Forums userid (Bill Gates Jr.).;)

- Nick

Rod Sprague
08-29-2015, 08:28 AM
Well it all sure makes me feel a heap better, I'm only 63. If my father had the same name i could add Jr. at the end of mine.;)

08-30-2015, 07:52 AM
A thread that goes on and on is kind of like a Mac that is never shut down. ;)