Spectre and Meltdown CPU flaws: How to protect yourself from attack

Spectre and Meltdown have been on everyone’s lips recently. Researchers have recently discovered major security flaws that hit a large number of processors. Big technology companies have been working hard to address the issues in an attempt to protect their customers. Apple and Google are among the first to take the appropriate steps to fix the issues. Apple says that Spectre hit all iPhone and iPad models, raising concerns among the community about the ability to protect their data.

This article shows you how these security flaws affect phones and tablets and what you can do to keep your devices safe. Before we begin, there are a couple of things you should know about Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws.

  1. First, what are Spectre and Meltdown?

Meltdown and Spectre are major security vulnerabilities that affect almost all phones, tablets, and computers. These flaws are designed to expose any data your device processes, such as passwords, and personal information.

Meltdown touches Intel-based processors, while Spectre affects Intel, AMD, and ARM processors. According to tech experts, the Meltdown security flaw now hits mobile devices like iPhone, iPad, and Android-based devices.

  1. So, what are Google and Apple doing to fix it?

Apple and Google are already taking steps to address the issues caused by Spectre and Meltdown. The Cupertino company has recently released iOS 11.2 that includes Meltdown mitigations. Apple is still working on Spectre mitigations and will release them in upcoming iOS updates.

Android-based devices are vulnerable to Spectre’s flaw only, allowing hackers to steal user data. Earlier this month, Google released a security update that patched all ARM-based phones, including Pixel phones, Nexus 5X, Nexus 6P, and Pixel C tablet.

  1. How can you protect your device from Meltdown and Spectre?

There’s no permanent fix for the issue. But, there are a lot of things you can do to protect yourself from attack. In the section below, we have created a list of all the best tips that help you deal with the issue.

  • Make sure you are now up to date

Apple and Google released new software updates to address the issue. So, make sure you keep up with the latest software updates and security patches. To update an iPhone or iPad, head to Settings > General > Software Update and install any available updates. To get the latest Android updates, open the Settings app > System > System Update and follow the on-screen instructions to install any available updates.

  • Update your web browser

According to Apple, the Spectre flaw affects Safari. The Cupertino company has been developing Spectre mitigations for Safari on Mac and iOS and will release them soon. Google recommends that users update their browser to stay safe from the attack. Google says that Chrome 64 update will arrive in two weeks, defending users against Spectre and Meltdown CPU flaws.

Also read: How to improve battery life in Windows 10 Fall Creators Update

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