Update from Microsoft protects Windows 10 Mobile handsets from Meltdown and Spectre

Android and iOS powered devices are certainly not the only mobile products that need protection from the current two bad boys of the security flaw world. We are referring, of course, to Spectre and Meltdown. These bugs, with the help of a malicious app, can steal the secrets that you hide in your phone, including the passwords that are used to get into your banking and brokerage apps.

Microsoft has pushed out a cumulative update for all Windows 10 Mobile handsets regardless of whether they are registered with the Insider program or not. On the company’s support page, it says that the update …


Essential Phone receives January security patch which includes fixes for Meltdown and Spectre flaws

When you’re packing stock Android, like the Essential Phone is, updates are sent fairly quickly. For example, the handset has just started to receive the January Android security patch today, not long after it was released by Google. And as we told you the other day, the January patch includes protection against the two new security issues that both iOS and Android flavored devices are receiving protection from. Those two are called Meltdown and Spectre.

When you receive the notification that the update has arrived, make sure you connect to a Wi-Fi signal before starting the process of updating …

Apple says iOS is vulnerable to Meltdown and Spectre issues

Yesterday, we told you about a pair of exploits called Meltdown and Spectre. We focused on the latter because it can affect ARM flavored processors which are used on mobile devices like Android and iOS smartphones. As we told you, Google’s Android Security patch for January will help protect Android users from having passwords held in a browser, or in a password manager, stolen by a nameless, faceless hacker.

Apple has joined the club. The company said today that all of its Macs and iOS devices are vulnerable to the same issues. However, Apple says that it has already released mitigations …