They use a combination of complex and, in the case of Meltdown, easily executed commands to trick the “brain” or processing unit of a computer to extract and reveal sensitive information.
How do you protect yourself?
This is a two-step process that involves:
- Installing a security patch from the operating system developer (Microsoft, Apple, etc.) to patch against “Meltdown”
- Installing a driver/firmware update from the systems manufacturer (Dell, HP, Lenovo, Apple, etc.) to patch against “Spectre”
Fentons offer computer monitoring services, and we are already underway with the patching process for “Meltdown”. We will also be applying the firmware and drivers to protect against “Spectre” as soon as the updates are made available.
We strongly recommend businesses contact their IT department to ensure a plan is in place to protect systems from these recently discovered vulnerabilities.
Unfortunately not all computers will receive fixes for “Spectre” and the only secure option for some people using older computers will be to replace the hardware.
If you would like further information about these vulnerabilities, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with our friendly help-desk. Whether you are an existing customer or a business with a new enquiry, we are always happy to help.