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Meltdown and Spectre: What You Need to Know

By now you’ve probably heard the terms ‘Meltdown’ and ‘Spectre’ making their rounds in security, tech, and even mainstream news. But if you’re like the majority of the population, these terms don’t mean much to you, nor are you actively paying attention the unfolding of events. 

Let’s start by saying that if you’re reading this article, you’re affected. In fact, if you own a computer, smartphone or tablet made in the last 20 years, you are affected. The ‘Spectre ‘and ‘Meltdown’ vulnerabilities affect almost every computer in the world.

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Meltdown and Spectre are the names of two serious security flaws that have been found within computer processors. They could allow hackers to steal sensitive data without users knowing, one of them affecting chips made as far back as 1995. The vulnerabilities were discovered last year, but only recently disclosed to the public.