Back in 1999, everybody freaked out about the Millennium Bug (Y2K Bug), thinking computers would not know how to handle the calendar change from 1999 to 2000. Well, if you thought that was scary, hold my beer!!
Most of us became aware yesterday that due to a flaw in Intel, ARM, and AMD CPUs, that some computers might have been vulnerable to a couple of exploits known as Spectre and Meltdown. You can read about them here. Well today, we found out that ALL CPU chips since 1995 are susceptible to these exploits. Not only that, mobile devices are in the line of fire as well. Talk about pucker time!!
But alas, as with all things technological, programmers are rushing to the rescue, having pushed out, pushing out, or will soon push out updates to all devices. In the meantime, DON”T PANIC. I would recommend you read the article below, and do a little New Year’s updating to keep your data safe. Also, check out this Google site on how to protect your Google stuff, the Microsoft support site to check your Windows stuff, and Apple support to check out your Apple stuff.
And while you’re at it, it might be a good time to back up all your documents and media files to an external storage device. Don’t want to spend all your time trying to fix the CPU issue only to let another one slip up and bite you in the … well, you know what I mean.
Please share this with all your friends that need to know what to do and where to do. If you would care to share your thoughts on the exploits, or other sites that share info on how to protect your items from these exploits, share them in the comments box below.