Learning that almost every computer you own suffers from a vulnerability stretching back decades can be the stuff of existential electronic dread.

But while the processor flaws called “Meltdown” and “Spectre” that could let an attacker start to snoop on the most secure contents of your device’s memory are spookier than the average glitch, your odds of getting hit by them are much lower than your chances of being targeted by less exciting but more common hacking tactics…


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