What are Meltdown and Spectre on Your Computer?

Jun 12, 2018, 2:37 PM | Updated: Jan 22, 2020, 4:53 pm



This article is sponsored by Les Olson Company, Your Office Technology Partner. Don’t let Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities in your CPU slow you down. Get the Expert Technical Support Your Business Needs with Managed I.T. Services from Les Olson Company.

Currently, all Intel CPU chips have a fatal flaw in them that could leave them open to security breaches and cause your computer to slow down.

I.T. Security

On this episode of I.T. Security, John Huston with the I.T. Services Department at Les Olson Company talks with host Ethan Millard about the perils of the current security-flawed Intel Chips continue to be added into computers. This puts your computer at risk. No matter if it’s a PC or a Mac, if you have an Intel chip, hackers could have easy access to your computer. John discusses how you can fix this problem with the help of Les Olson Company I.T.

What are Meltdown and Spectre?

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These are vulnerabilities that are out for Intel processors. They allow data to be leaked from any computer which is built around those Intel chips. And that means all the data that is kept on your computer is vulnerable. Even if you have the latest anti-virus software and everything is up to date you are still at risk.

What Can You Do?

Unfortunately no permanent fixes exist at this time. A permanent fix will only come once Intel releases a new chip and they have not announced when that will be. In the meantime, there are several things you can do to minimize the impact of this vulnerability. First of all, it’s important to install any available updates and patches to your computer. While very necessary, there is a downside to doing this. Many people have experienced a noticeable slow down to their computer performance after installing patches and updates meant to protect against Meltdown and Spectre.

The good news is there are things you can do to help mitigate performance issues that are associated with these fixes. Contact Les Olson Company for help determining whether fixes have already been applied, and what you can do to protect your PC.

Visit their website for more information about Meltdown & Spectre.

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