There is a new security vulnerability sweeping the interwebs that you may have heard of. It goes by many names like Spectre, Meltdown, Kaiser, KPTI, the Intel Bug and a few other names not suitable for this email.
This vulnerability exists in all processors in ALL computers; both PC and Apple and has been proven to be present in smartphones as well. Northern Arizona IT is on top of the news and monitoring the situation. In THEORY, this security hole COULD allow malicious programs to see your data and POTENTIALLY use it or copy it onto the Internet. It’s important to note that NO widespread exploits have been reported thus far.
What do you need to do?
At the moment, nothing. Chip manufacturers are working with Microsoft, Apple, Android, etc. to shut down the vulnerability. Frankly, it was first detected over a year ago and patches are close to being delivered. In the coming days and weeks, if you are NOT a Northern Arizona IT Partner, pay attention to Operating System updates (Windows, Apple OS, Android) and don’t put off installing them. It may take a while to install but as always, err on the side of security. We are always here to help install these if you desire.
If you ARE a Northern Arizona IT Managed Services Partner, we’re already taking these steps for you. In addition, the antivirus we provide is also already aware of the vulnerability and will be compatible with any patches that Microsoft or Apple rolls out.
If you’d like to discuss this alert further, always feel free to call or email. We’d be happy to talk about your situation, or better yet get you signed up for our Managed Services Suite of products that ensure you are always up to date with the latest security and antivirus defenses.
Happy computing! – The Northern Arizona IT Team
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