Meltdown and Spectre: How to Stay Secure.

Robin HamiltonCreative Director

You may already be aware that recently, Google Project Zero, a project to identify bugs that can affect security, identified two potential bugs that can affect all operating systems, and almost every processor since 1995. This is particularly significant as it includes smartphones as well as desktops, laptops and servers.

This information is crucial as it means that you are more than likely affected by this and could well be vulnerable both from a company and personal perspective, if you own a device.

These bugs have been named Meltdown and Spectre, both of which are capable of obtaining data that is currently processed by your device, this includes device memory and storage of passwords and sensitive data.

The difficulty with these bugs is that you can’t block attacks like typical malware, nor can you detect if your device has come under attack. Therefore, following professional advice to combat attacks is essential.

Operating systems are working to come up with patches to help protect against these bugs, however the priority is to protect yourself as much as possible by ensuring you update all devices and check you have devices set to auto update. These updates will ensure you have the latest security settings that have been developed for your devices safety.

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