How To Protect Yourself From Meltdown And Spectre CPU Flaws


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How to protect yourself from Meltdown and Spectre flaws

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The latest cyber security flaws, Meltdown and Spectre, can steal personal information from your devices if you don't update your software. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
The latest cyber security flaws, Meltdown and Spectre, can steal personal information from your devices if you don't update your software. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

STATEN ISLAND, N.Y. -- Two security flaws known as Meltdown and Spectre that could endanger the personal information on your electronic devices have been discovered by Google's Project Zero team.

The flaws are caused by "speculative execution," a technique used in most modern processors to optimize performance. 

While improving performance, the flaws also allow malicious, third-party hackers to gain access to information intended to be kept private.

"For example, an unauthorized party may read sensitive information in the system's memory such as passwords, encryption keys, or sensitive information open in applications," according to Google's Security Blog. 

Meltdown breaks down the barrier between an application and the operating system while Spectre breaks the barrier between two applications. 

Both work to access sensitive information on your devices and can be equally harmful.

Companies have been made aware of the problem and are working to develop software to mitigate the risks. 

To keep your devices safe, you are advised to install new updates as soon as they become available. 

Google and Apple have already begun rolling out software updates to protect their customers' devices from these cyber attacks. 

For more information on Meltdown and Spectre, and how to keep your devices safe, visit Meltdownattack.com.

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