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Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities – How to stay protected

Recently, two critical vulnerabilities were discovered in modern processors. Dubbed "Meltdown and Spectre", these processor chip vulnerabilities are found on personal computers, mobile devices, and in the cloud.

These hardware vulnerabilities can potentially allow programs to steal data which is currently being processed on the computers' chip. While programs are typically not permitted to read data from other programs, a malicious program can exploit Meltdown and Spectre to get hold of secrets stored in the memory of other running programs. This might include passwords stored in a password manager or browser, personal photos, emails, instant messages and even documents containing personal information. Click here to learn more.

As a Norton subscriber, Norton helps protect you.

Norton can help users protect against some instances of this threat. If you run into any issues installing patches, you should make sure your Norton product definitions are up to date first, then apply operating system patches immediately afterwards. Patches have already been released for Microsoft WindowsApple macOS, and Linux to patch Meltdown.

Tony Weiss | Norton Forums Global Community Manager | Symantec Corporation