You may have seen news articles recently about two significant new flaws found in computers, smartphones, tablets and other devices, called Spectre and Meltdown. Security researchers discovered these flaws, which impact the computer processors (CPUs) that are in the heart of all the computerized equipment you own and use every day.
 
These bugs could allow hackers to steal data from your devices through malicious software or a hacked web site. The bugs affect computer hardware dating back to the mid-1990s, so updates to operating systems such as Windows, macOS, Linux, Android, and iOS are required to protect devices from these flaws.
 
ITS is working with our vendors and the our colleagues across the technology community to update College-managed technology resources (including College-owned Windows and Mac computers) as vendors release updates.
 
For your own devices — including smartphones, tablets, home computers, etc. — we recommend you use your device’s software update feature to make sure you are updated to the latest versions.  This includes updating web browsers like Chrome and Firefox to the latest versions, which contain some protections against Spectre and Meltdown.
 
Some manufacturers will be releasing updates in the weeks to come, so we recommend you continue to check your devices’ update features for new versions. As a standard practice, you should keep your devices updated with your providers’ most recent updates.  The method changes from manufacturer to manufacturer, so if you’re unsure about how to proceed, please contact the ITS Service Desk for assistance.  Familiarize yourself with methods of protecting yourself and your devices by reviewing information provided to you at the ITS Security page (https://www.pomona.edu/administration/its/security).