You may be seeing news reports of AMD/Intel computer processor flaws which have serious security concerns, called Meltdown and Spectre. These flaws allow one program on a computer to steal information from another program on that computer. Computers in this sense include everything from servers, to PCs, tablets and phones. A program that exploits these flaws can run in your browser, on a tablet, phone, and even on cloud provider computers. So, what should you do?
- Keep your computers, tablets, and phones updated
- Update your web browser(s)
- Run anti-malware software, like https://www.avast.com/
- Be careful where you store sensitive information, like passwords and banking information
For more information, check this blog post: https://security.ias.edu/what-im-doing-about-meltdown-and-spectre