Meltdown & Spectre Security Flaws

meltdown-spectre-flawPerhaps you’ve been paying attention to the national news and have already heard about the latest computer security flaws that could affect computers and mobile devices worldwide.  Meltdown and Spectre are two examples of the latest computer security issues that have software and computer chip manufactures rushing for security patches.

These security flaws basically give hackers a method of compromising your computer, in order to steal private information like passwords, credit card information, and other personal information.  The reason these two flaws are in the national and world news is due to their serious nature.  In fact, security experts around the world are saying these are some of the worst CPU bugs ever found.

So, what should us mere mortals do about these kinds of issues?  First and foremost, make sure your system is up to date. Download any and all patches for your operating system and browser of choice.  This goes for your mobile devices as well.  Also, just use common sense when clicking on links or opening attachments from email, especially from sources you don’t recognize.  Computer / device infection is commonly delivered through email.

As with all best practices for your personal computer, laptops, mobile devices, websites, etc, it’s always best to keep your software updated.  For WordPress websites, it’s important to keep all themes, plugins, and WordPress core files updated. If you’re NOT doing this on a frequent basis, you need to start.  Don’t have the time or know what to do?  Contact us to see how plumThumb website maintenance plans can help your business.

By |2018-01-07T21:16:35+00:00January 7th, 2018|Website Security|

About the Author:

Jeff Snelling, owner of plumThumb Web Design & Hosting, has been designing and hosting websites since 2009. He has worked as a software developer, tester, and manager in the computer software industry since 1992. He is passionate about helping people in both their business and in life. As a member of Rotary International since 2002, he is actively involved in giving back to the community.