The recently discovered Meltdown and Spectre processor security flaws are two of the worst security threats we’ve ever witnessed. If exploited, they’d let hackers use malicious apps to extract sensitive data from computers and mobile devices, and nobody is safe. The list of affected devices includes almost every gadget with an Intel, ARM or AMD chip inside: Smartphones, tablets, laptops, desktops, enterprise, and cloud servers regardless of the operating system they run.
The ideal fix would be replacing all the chips in these devices with new ones that come without the hardware issues. That’s not feasible, however, so the next best thing is fixing everything via software updates.
The good news is that there haven’t been observed any cases of malware that takes advantage of the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities. But that doesn’t mean you’re entirely safe. You can already take measures to protect yourself though, and we’ll tell you everything you need to do.
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Here’s everything you can do to protect yourself against Meltdown and Spectre originally appeared on BGR.com on Fri, 5 Jan 2018 at 08:51:34 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.