I told you yesterday about the HUGE security flaw that affects the chips in nearly all electronics. You can click here to read more. Basically, this flaw is like that thermal vent in the Death Star in Star Wars that allowed you to fly right in there and blow the place up.  It looks as if Intel was informed about the flaw by Google last spring, but neither company bothered to inform the folks who actually make devices about the problems until much later in the year. Security patches have been issued for Windows, Mac, and Linux.

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Microsoft says if you haven’t seen those updates yet, you’ll want to make sure you run updates on your third-party security software.

They’ll also push out firmware patches for their Surface and Surface book computers. If you’re using a Windows PC made by another manufacturer, you’ll want to check their website to see if firmware updates are available for your device.

Intel has already issued updates for the majority of processors from the past five years and expects to have updates ready for 90% of the affected chips.

One thing to keep in mind is that these patches can affect the speed of your system. That might not be noticeable to all users, but to those who depend on getting the maximum performance out of their system, it might.