Computer researchers have recently found out that the main chip in most modern computers—the CPU—has a hardware bug. It’s really a design flaw in the hardware that has been there for years. This is a big deal because it affects almost every computer on networks, including workstation and servers.

This hardware bug allows malicious programs to steal data that is being processed in your computer memory. Normally, applications are not able to do that because they are isolated from each other and the operating system. This hardware bug breaks that isolation.

So, if the bad guys are able to get malicious software running on your computer, they may be able to get access to your passwords stored in a password manager or browser, your emails, instant messages, and documents.

The more severe vulnerability, Meltdown (CVE-2017-5754), appears isolated to Intel processors developed in the last 10 years. Spectre (CVE-2017-5715 and CVE-2017-5753) on the other hand, theoretically affects all processors that use speculative execution, including most modern processors manufactured by Intel, AMD, ARM and potentially more.

From a quick read of the many articles, mitigation will require OS patches and firmware updates from Intel, AMD, Arm, etc. For Microsoft, the patch is dependent on having an approved AV application running that sets a compatibility registry key that Microsoft updates will reference. Windows Defender and Microsoft Security Essentials are of course approved and can be used if nothing else is available.

Below are links to information for Microsoft, VMware, Apple, and AWS.

Microsoft Information

Windows Clients Impacted and Will be Patched

  • Windows 10 (RTM, 1511, 1607, 1703, 1709)
  • Windows 8.1
  • Windows 7 SP1

Windows Servers Impacted and Will be Patched

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1
  • Windows Server 2012 R2
  • Windows Server 2016

Apple

VMWare (5.5, 6.5)

AWS

Proton Mail utilizes a normal username/password authentication along with encryption that can only unencrypted with a passphrase that the user assigns.  This gives two layers of security and prevents an outside organization from forcing the provider to gain access as they do not store the passphrase – the data is encrypted before it reaches their servers.

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More : https://protonmail.ch/index.php

From Coinbase – https://www.coinbase.com

Today we’re excited to announce support for bitcoin buy and sell functionality in the following 5 countries: Czech Republic, Hungary, Bulgaria, Norway and Croatia. Users in these countries can now link their bank account via SEPA and easily buy and sell bitcoin with euros.

 

 

After much research and reading various reviews, articles, and the positives and negatives, I purchased my first bitcoin.  I decided to use Coinbase – https://www.coinbase.com

They are the first US-based exchange and they recently gained approval from 25 states, including New York and California, and have plans to operate in 30 countries

After reading this article on Engadget and additional profiles that they have completed, I felt that Coinbase was a good place to start and get my feet wet.

http://www.engadget.com/2015/01/26/bitcoin-first-licensed-us-exchange/