Computers Across the World Set to Get Slower Under New Security Fix

Chris Gaetano
Published Date:
Jan 10, 2018

A fix for a major security flaw connected with several major chip-makers, which had gone undiscovered for years, will address the gaping vulnerability at the cost of system performance, slowing down computers across the globe, according to CNN Money. Intel and other major players in the processor market disclosed the flaw earlier this year. Dubbed "Specter" and "Meltdown," the exploits allow hackers to access sensitive information on devices even if protected with passwords and other cryptographic measures, as the vulnerability exists in the fundamental building blocks of the processor itself. This has resulted in a major scramble in the tech world to patch the defect before any more damage can be done. 

Under the new security patch released by Microsoft, all Windows PCs will slow down slightly, though older PCs running Windows 7 and 8 (which accounts for 51 percent of PCs overall) will slow down more significantly than newer ones running Windows 10, which will hardly be affected at all. Apple is releasing its own security patch, but said that any slowdown will be negligible. Google, meanwhile, will release its own fix for Android chips, though it is unknown the extent to which this will affect performance. 

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