Intel, ARM and AMD chip scare: How should we respond?

joomla support coach trainer cheshire manchester merseyside uk"Nearly all computers worldwide - and many other devices - have been exposed to security flaws (aka MELTDOWN and SPECTRE) which leave them vulnerable to attacks by hackers.

Researchers discovered gaps in security stemming from Central Processing Units - better known as the chip or microchip - which could allow privately stored data in computers and networks to be hacked."

Source: BBC Technology News 4 Jan 2018.

How should we respond?

The UK National Cyber Security Centre state that no data breaches have been reported since chip developers became aware of these flaws.

Most likely reason: the flaws were kept secret.

But not any more, so we can be sure that someone somewhere will now be seeking to exploit them.

So how should we respond?

We understand that ALL operating systems and computer devices are affected.

So the first thing to do is to make a back up copy of personal data stored on your device.

Next, check (and keep checking) for news of security patches being made available by the developer of your device's operating system (OS).

THINGS TO DO

  1. Make a back up copy of personal data which you store on your computer(s) and mobile device(s).
  2. Label the backup with the date and reason (example: chip scare).
  3. Check you are using the latest version of OS; if not, update it and monitor for new releases.
  4. Check your web browser(s); if it is not the latest version, update it and monitor for new releases.
  5. Keep abreast of developments (the BBC Technology page is a good place to start).

Ensure you only download updates from legitimate sources!

 

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