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.



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?:


  1. The #1 thing you can do to prevent malware infections including Meltdown and Spectre is to be aware of where you are are and what you are doing on the internet. It is much like driving a car. Defensive driving is the best way to prevent an accident.

  2. Verify that your anti-virus is compatible with the Microsoft patch. If you have Windows 8.1 or 10, Defender is part of Windows and the preferred anti-virus by BSD Computer Systems. If you do have another anti-virus install you can simply uninstall it and Defender should automatically start protecting your computer.

  3. Ensure that your computer is receiving updates and they are being installed. Do not delay in allowing updates to install when prompted. You can check the status of your Windows Updates by navigating to START > SETTINGS > UPDATE & SECURITY.

  4. Install the Firefox web browser and then turn on the add blocker.

  5. Switch your search page to Duckduckgo. Duckduckgo is a search engine that automatically filters rogue websites and pornography.

  6. Make sure that you do not have malware already residing on your computer. Here are a couple of tools you can use scan and remove malware:

Being aware of the danger and taking the proper precautions will make for a more secure, productive and safe computing experience for you.

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