Protect your PC from Meltdown, Spectre CPU flaws here’s how

Published on January 5, 2018

We are already aware of major CPU flaws that are currently affecting the majority of the home computers at the moment. They go by the name of ‘Meltdown,’ and ‘Spectre’ and are known to allow hackers with direct access to protected information that is stored in one’s PC kernel memory.

If such power were to go into the wrong hands, they could potentially get access to all the sensitive data information including passwords, cryptographic keys, personal photographs, emails and more. If it isn’t clear already, this is the biggest security loophole that most companies cannot afford having. Therefore, hardware and software manufacturers have been quickly pushing out patches faster than ever before, with the main objective to fix the problem.

As noted by PC World, these security flaws are quite unique and different. Each of the functions on individual mechanisms. They are known to touch every part of a device’s operating system – all the way to its hardware and software to the OS itself. While a majority of the media publications have published information regarding what exactly Meltdown and Spectre is. Following given are the main steps to follow when it comes to protecting your computer against Meltdown and Spectre among other possible CPU flaws.

The first and the most important step to take is to ensure that your operating system is updated to the latest version till date. Meltdown is known to affect every Intel processor since 1995. Therefore, don’t be under the impression that maybe your computer is not affected by the problem.

Major operating system updates have rolled out updates that carry the fix to this problem. Therefore, check and see whether there’s an update for your computer and if there is one, then install it immediately. Apart from this, make sure that you stay up-to-date with all the possible firmware updates possible as even they have started offering protection for computers. Moreover, update your browser and make sure that your anti-virus remains active all throughout.

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