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SmartPayroll Responds to Recent Processor Vulnerabilities

By SmartPayroll | January 9, 2018

Spectre & Meltdown vulnerabilities

You have probably seen some of the media coverage over the last week around the recently discovered vulnerabilities in computer processors from Intel and AMD. Most computers in the world today use processor chips from these two companies to provide the computers processing power, so these issues are widespread.

The vulnerabilities are usually referred to as “Meltdown” and “Spectre” which you have probably seen, and there have been many media articles and statements from companies like Intel, Amazon, Apple and Google.

We wanted to let you know as a SmartPayroll customer that were are ensuring that our systems are up to date with the latest updates (software patches) to address the vulnerabilities and minimise the possible risk.

Security measures you can take

We’d also like to remind you of standard security best practice in protecting your own systems. We recommend that you keep all your business and home computers up to date and apply software updates as soon as possible. Backups should be conducted regularly and stored offline and offsite wherever possible. Firewall and email security systems should be updated regularly. Users should also stay alert to potential phishing emails and never open attachments from an unknown source.

If you have any concerns with running your payroll, our team are always here to help. Get in touch with our helpdesk team for any assistance you may require.

Further reading

If you would like to read more about these vulnerabilities and what the technology companies are doing to solve the issues, you may be interested in the following articles:

A relatively simple explanation of meltdown and spectre from the Guardian.

What Intel, Apple, Microsoft and others are doing about these vulnerabilities.

If you like to get technical, this article on how the vulnerabilities were discovered may be of interest.