If you’ve been listening to the news lately, you may have heard the terms “Meltdown” and “Spectre” about two devastating chip design flaws. How does this affect your computer and devices?
Is it just a PC problem?
Apple has confirmed that all its iPhones, iPads and Mac computers are affected by two recently disclosed processor flaws. From a hardware standpoint, there’s really not much you can do. If your device is relatively new, you may be able to get an upgrade. You may notice a software update in the last few days – don’t wait. Be sure to do it as soon as you’re plugged in. Expect more updates as they work on testing and resolutions to these software vulnerabilities.
“It wouldn’t be much of an exaggeration to say these flaws affect well over 90% of computers on the planet, including smart phones. Because these issues are related to chips inside the computer, they affect every computer, whether you use Windows, Mac, Linux or any other operating system,” states Jack Eisenburg of Safe & Secure Computing in Tecumseh.
What can you do?
Update your computer or device as soon as you get the notice. Check every day for new updates… suppliers are working feverishly on fixing the bugs.
These flaws requires quick action which may be beyond your capabilities. It’s certainly a good time to have a friend or relative in the IT business. If you need assistance, please schedule a service call with your IT person. There are some local, trustworthy people such as Jack at Safe & Secure Computing (http://www.safe-and-secure-computing.com/).
January 5, 2018