At first glance, Meltdown seems like the more serious of the two problems because it affects all devices that contain Intel processors, aka ‘chips’. “Wait, doesn’t Intel provide processors for almost all computers in the world”? Yep, exactly. Practically all computers...in the whole wide world. However, while Meltdown affects Intel processors only, Spectre affects all modern processors. (Think of processor as being similar to the engine of a car...without it, it’s just a box) The list of devices at risk include all modern Macs, PCs, iPhones, Android phones, iPads and Apple TVs (the Apple Watch is not affected). And though most computer makers have provided fixes for these flaws, many of those fixes can slow down your computer dramatically, sometimes by up to 30%. Without getting into the nitty-gritty of what is at risk, I will just say this...these vulnerabilities can allow a nefarious program to access your data, such as passwords, emails, documents, photos, etc. Everything. All of it. The whole shebang (but don’t fret...there are ways to protect yourself..keep reading!).