By now you’ve probably heard about Meltdown and Spectre, causing a large portion of the world’s computer processors to be vulnerable to hackers. But what exactly is it? And what can you do to be protected?
According to researchers in the security community, Meltdown “basically melts security boundaries which are normally enforced by the hardware.” Spectre, meanwhile, “breaks the isolation between different applications” allowing “an attacker to trick error-free programs, which follow best practices, into leaking their secrets.” So what does that mean? Basically, either of these vulnerabilities could be exploited to steal sensitive data, like passwords, off your computer.
So, what does that mean for you? Make sure your system is up to date. Download all patches and updates for your operating system and browsers. If you use a Windows PC, Microsoft pushed an emergency patch out on Jan. 3rd. Be on the lookout for any and all future security releases and make sure to install them immediately.
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