An editorial-form article is probably not the best format to give advice, so we're going to present a simple, dumbed-down, step-by-step article on how to get these updates and navigate Microsoft's overly complicated announcement. Apple had been mum on the issue until this evening when a support document confirmed that all Mac systems and iOS devices were vulnerable. If you are running Windows 10 version 1709 (Fall Creators Update), the patch you need is labeled Security Update for Windows (KB4056892).
To counteract the threat, patches for all operating systems are in the works.
If nothing comes up, that means Windows has detected the presence of an incompatible anti-virus (AV) application on your system. The first, called Meltdown, affects Intel chips and lets hackers bypass the hardware barrier between applications run by users and the computer's memory, potentially letting hackers read a computer's memory and steal passwords.
The only thing people like us can do is to keep your operating systems updated, be very careful about downloading apps from untrusted sources and think twice about using unsecured WiFi. It did however say that most users wouldn't notice the change. "Businesses and consumers should update operating systems and apply patches as soon as they become available".
This Google Docs file contains a list of the responses from some AV companies.
Press the Windows key and type PowerShell.
This disclosure reveals that the scope of implications extends beyond just PCs to Servers, Cloud, Mobile and IoT platforms, and beyond one vendor's CPU platform to those of multiple vendors.
We'll display this in red so it sticks out. Contact the antivirus software vendor for compatibility information.More news: Britain braced for 80mph 'danger to life' Storm Eleanor battering
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How can you check the status of the patches?
And Microsoft has already released fixes for many of its services.
When starting PowerShell, make sure you start it with Admin privileges so that you can install the required modules.
The Spectre of a tech Meltdown the likes of which has always been the topic of choice for apocalyptic movies depicting an end of the world sort of scenario might well be real after all. Considering the vast number of users with Intel-based Windows PCs and laptops, here's a deeper dive on what you need to do to protect yourself.
The company said in an online support document that it has recently added security protections to MacOS and iOS created to prevent one series of attacks, known as Meltdown, and is working to update Safari to prevent against another type of attack, dubbed Spectre. There are two possible scenarios.
According to the tech giant, despite the issues being present, there have been no known exploits to hit any Apple product users so far.