Protecting against Meltdown and Spectre
Meltdown and Spectre are both code vulnerabilities contained within nearly all modern processors and affects most all computer devices including PC's, Mac's, cell phones and tablets. While currently there is no permanent fix, Microsoft, Apple, Linux and other OS manufacturers either have or will release software patches that will help prevent these attacks.
It is important to know that some anti-viruses conflict with the Microsoft update. Because of this, Microsoft will not install the update on your computer until your anti-virus is compatible. If you have Microsoft Windows and are using a third party anti-virus you will want to check this public list published by Microsoft or visit your anti-virus manufacturers website to see if your anti-virus is compatible. https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/184wcDt9I9TUNFFbsAVLpzAtckQxYiuirADzf3cL42FQ/htmlview?usp=sharing&sle=true
Q. So, what else can be done to help prevent Meltdown and Spectre?
A. Meltdown and Spectre infect your computer indirectly as malware through rogue links in email or social media, rogue websites, rogue internet adds as rogue software applications (malware) among other sources. While there is nothing that will make your computer completely “bullet proof”, there are actions you can take to help prevent Meltdown and Spectre attacks?:
Being aware of the danger and taking the proper precautions will make for a more secure, productive and safe computing experience for you.