CPU and OS makers go on red alert over Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities

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Following the revelation by The Register that Intel chips had a serious security flaw, the race is on to beat the hackers who are no doubt working on taking advantage of the security hole. And it’s not just Intel chips that have a problem; some AMD and ARM CPUs are also vulnerable. On top of that, Apple says that pretty much every Mac, iMac, iPhone, and iPad are affected, and they’re working on patches for the problem.

Long story short, the flaws or bugs – which now have the rather villainous monikers of Meltdown and Spectre – could allow hackers to see the CPUs pull in passwords and other sensitive data from storage drives as they work to predict user’s actions. Yes, CPUs and software actually do that. Anyway, the issue has become a full-blown tech crisis and tech giants like Apple, Microsoft, Google and others are racing to close the window on the hackers with software patches.

While many people often wait to update their OS in case there’s some bugginess or other issues, everyone is pretty much saying the same thing right now: When your PC, phone or tablet says there’s an update ready, update it immediately. We’ve got many more details on the Spectre and Meltdown issues, so read up and update your tech ASAP. More details and links: https://www.usatoday.com/story/tech/2018/01/04/use-computer-smartphone-new-broad-security-flaw-means-you-need-do-now/1004400001/

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