Spectre and Meltdown are ‘chip hacks’ that can affect your system and allow hackers to steal your password as well as other sensitive data. Spectre affects Intel, ARM and AMD processors while Meltdown affects Intel processors as well as ARM’s A-75 chip. The major risk here is that there is no known malware that makes use of Spectre and Meltdown for now which makes it easier for a hacker to get access to your passwords, credit card details and other sensitive information. The bug also affects operating systems such as Windows, Linux as well as MacOS but the good news here is that there is a solution at hand. The following tips will be very useful for you.
Use a Password Manager
A password manager will help you to manage your various online accounts. It will help you to create strong passwords and changing them from time to time will not be a problem. You will only need to remember the password to your password manager and it is advisable to use multiple passwords for multiple online accounts. If you want to beat Spectre and Meltdown flaws, a password manager is not out of place and you should always update your passwords from time to time.
Use Two-factor Authentication (2FA)
If available, you should use two-factor authentication for your online accounts in order to protect them. 2FA adds double protection to your accounts and prevent them from hackers. Even if a hacker gets to know your password, he/she will not have an access to your account because the authentication code will only be sent to your phone or a pin will be required as 2FA.
Implement Automatic System Updates
It is very important for you to put on automatic system updates for your systems. This will ensure that they are adequately protected against any malware especially Spectre and Meltdown. Developers come up with latest updates from time to time and if you don’t switch on automatic update on your system, it may be difficult for you to take advantage of this unless you implement manual updates.
Your Apps and Software Should Be Updated
Your apps and software should be kept up to date. Even though many of these updates take place automatically, it is very important for you to double-check so that you will be rest assured that you are covered. Ensuring that you use the latest version is a right step to protect your data from hackers.
Use Spectre and Meltdown Patches
You should apply Spectre and Meltdown patches released by OS, browser as well as other software manufacturers. This will go a long way in protecting your data from harmful access. Research shows that about three billion computers have been compromised by Sceptre and Meltdown flaws; hence, applying patches regularly is an ideal thing to do so that you will be on a safer side.
Replace Vulnerable Hardware
If you discover that any of your hardware components is vulnerable, it is advisable to replace it with the latest, non-vulnerable one. You can protect your data from Spectre and Meltdown hacks by taking simple measures and you can seek for a professional help.
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