In January, the news media announced the discovery of computer processor vulnerabilities that affect almost all computers. The two vulnerabilities are named Spectre and Meltdown.
Microsoft, Apple, and other technology companies have released patches for the Meltdown problem. It is important that you make sure all available updates are installed on your computers, tablets, and phones.
The Spectre problem requires what is called a firmware update. Companies who make the processors (such as Intel), have released updated firmware for many computers. To apply the updates, go to your computer manufacturer’s website. Download and install the most recent BIOS update. (The ones for Spectre have a release date in 2018.)
You have probably heard of the massive email hack of a billion accounts at Yahoo that was announced this week. If you have a Yahoo email address and got a notice from Yahoo that your account was at risk you should do what they suggest.
But this problem also raises concerns for other email accounts that are associated with Yahoo such as sbcglobal.net and att.net. If you have one of these other email accounts that uses Yahoo’s servers, you should change your password for them even if you did not get a notice from Yahoo. If you have used your Yahoo-related email address as the login account at a different website, you should also change the password at that website. Additionally, you should change your security questions and answers at Yahoo...
Adobe has released an emergency Flash Player update to address a critical flaw that could allow your computer to be infected by a ransom-ware virus. I have already seen one customer infected by this virus that encrypts all your data files.
Adobe Flash Player is supposed to be updated automatically in many browsers but it is important for you to make sure it is updated. Please open the following link in all the browsers installed on your computer. It will tell you if you need to update. If you do run the update, be sure to uncheck the options to install additional software. Please contact us if you have any questions or need assistance.