How do I patch my Android phone against Meltdown and Spectre?
Fear not you numerous Android phone (and tablet) users, the Apple crowd doesn’t get to have all the fun. In the words of a great talk show host “You get a Meltdown vulnerability and you get a Spectre vulnerability. EVERYONE gets a Meltdown and Spectre vulnerability!!!”
Google released their fix on January 5th for Android based phones and tablets. If you’re not totally new to the Android world you’ll already know that if you’ve got a Google branded device like the latest Pixel 2 you’ll have your fixes right quick. The rest of the manufacturers are sure to be stepping things up in light of these revelations and bucking their normal trend of dragging their feet for months letting Google updates trickle down to their users.
If you haven’t already, make sure you fire up the settings app on your device and go into the system section to see if you’ve got any updates available. If you haven’t received any updates in the past few weeks it might be a good idea to check back every few days until you’ve installed all patches available.
How to patch Macs against Meltdown and Spectre?
When we said earlier that Apple release a list of phones that were affected by Meltdown and Spectre we should have added a little * for a footnote to lead you to a statement a bit more in depth. These vulnerabilities affect pretty much every processor in use over the past couple of decades so that means just about every computing device including Macs.
Yes that’s pretty ominous and could have some pretty big implications, but Apple has already patched Mac devices with the release of macOS 10.13.2. They’ve got a brief page posted here covering things on Meltdown and Spectre. Just make sure you’ve hit up the App Store and install any OSX/macOS updates available for your Mac.
Is a Chromebook vulnerable to Meltdown and Spectre?
You bet it is, but like the simplicity and pretty burden-less properties that Chromebooks exhibit by nature patching is simple. With the release of Chrome OS 63 Google has your Chromebook patched and ready to take on the day. Version 63 has been out since December so as long as you’ve been connected you should have the update. Just to make sure though go into settings and then click on the About link in the control panel. If it doesn’t show you’re on version 63 just click the link to check for and apply updates and you’ll be set after the download completes.