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We just released data that shows a large percentage of consumers are concerned about Meltdown and Spectre, two vulnerabilities that could permit attackers to gain unauthorized access to a computer’s memory. According to a January 2018 survey sent to 8000 of our users, 74 percent are either “Extremely Concerned” or “Somewhat Concerned” about the threats.
Meltdown and Spectre are flaws that affect nearly all modern processors, including chips from Intel, AMD, and those with ARM-based architectures, and can only be mitigated through operating system patches. Of the two, Meltdown poses the greater threat because it is easier to exploit and affects all kinds of computers, including personal computers and virtual machines in the cloud.
Our CEO had this response to the data:
“It is actually a really good sign that consumers are paying such close attention to these issues,” said Allan Zhang, CEO and co-founder of Trustlook. “Too often the public is criticized for not being diligent enough with their device security. So, the silver lining with Meltdown and Spectre is that it’s forced everyone to focus greater attention on security.”
Trustlook’s study revealed the following attitudes about Meltdown and Spectre:
- 38% Extremely Concerned
- 36% Somewhat Concerned
- 14% Not Very Concerned
- 12% Absolutely No Concern
For more information on Meltdown and Spectre, please visit https://meltdownattack.com.