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Microsoft's free analytics service sniffs out Meltdown, Spectre patch status

Windows Analytics can now scan enterprise PCs running Windows 10, Windows 8.1 and Windows 7 and report on whether they're prepped to fend off attacks based on the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities.

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Microsoft to cover Windows 7 with advanced threat service

Windows Defender Advanced Threat Protection can detect ongoing attacks on corporate networks, investigate the attack or breach, and provide response recommendations. It will be added to Windows 7 and 8.1 by this summer.

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How to find your motherboard's Spectre CPU fix

Finding and installing Spectre CPU firmware updates for DIY PCs is complicated and involves updating your motherboard BIOS. Here's how.

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What’s new in Windows 10 security features: The anti-ransomware edition

Here's what you need to know about each security update to Windows 10 as they roll out from Microsoft. Now updated for 1709, Fall Creators Edition.

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How to protect your PC from the Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws

Here's how keep your computer safe from the nasty Meltdown and Spectre CPU security flaws. The patches are coming fast and furious!

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Meltdown and Spectre FAQ: How the critical CPU flaws affect PCs and Macs

The Meltdown and Spectre CPU bugs are very serious, and the fixes can create serious slowdowns in PCs, Macs, and other devices. Here's everything you need to know.

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PCWorld's February Digital Magazine: Meltdown and Spectre security flaws

Enjoy the best of PCWorld.com in a curated Digital Magazine for Android and iOS.

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Why Linux is better than Windows or macOS for security

Decisions made years ago about which operating system to roll out can affect corporate security today. Of the big three in widespread use, one can credibly be called the most secure.

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Apple's iOS push could change healthcare data sharing, still won't kill the fax

Apple may have finally found a way to enable the large-scale sharing of electronic medical record information on mobile devices. But its tools won't replace the old tried-and-true fax for data-sharing in healthcare.

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Get 3 Years of NordVPN Service for Just $2.75 Per Month

Safeguard yourself against snoops, and access blocked content with this no-log VPN service. NordVPN is just $2.75 per month for 3 years, if you sign up right now.

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The Qubes high-security operating system gains traction in the enterprise

Qubes OS defends at-risk enterprise users from targeted attacks, as well as drive-by malware and the Meltdown exploit.

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Microsoft releases emergency Windows update to hamstring earlier 'Spectre' defense

Intel urged customers not to deploy firmware updates aimed at the Spectre and Meltdown flaws because the updates caused system instability; Microsoft reacted with its own release – KB4078130 – on Saturday.

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Microsoft issues emergency Windows patch to disable Intel's buggy Spectre fix

As Intel warns against installing its latest Spectre patch, Microsoft issues a new patch to remove the older one—along with the ability to toggle protections on and off.

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Tech Talk: What's trending for 2018?

The end of passwords may – or may not – be nigh. Blockchain is clearly evolving, as is 'serverless' computing. And our panel remains convinced Apple's HomePod is late to the game.

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Intel's plan to fix Meltdown in silicon raises more questions than answers

Intel told investors it will ship silicon that patches Spectre and Meltdown in hardware, while reporting record revenue for the fourth quarter of 2017. But Intel's statements leave us with more questions than answers.

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Best antivirus: Keep your Windows PC safe from spyware, Trojans, malware, and more

Your PC needs virus protection, full stop. No matter how careful you are, some threats can't be avoided without the aid of antivirus software. Our top picks will keep you protected.

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Meltdown and Spectre CPU flaws: How to protect your Mac and iOS devices

The Meltdown and Spectre CPU bugs affect every Mac and iOS device, but there are ways you can stay safe.

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Here's how much the Meltdown and Spectre patches drag down older hardware

We tested the Meltdown and Spectre fix on an older Intel Broadwell laptop, and the results are ugly.

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