If you read, watch, or listen to any kind of news at all, you’ve probably heard about the security vulnerabilities recently discovered in the microprocessors used by most of the world’s computers. Given the villainous names of Meltdown and Spectre, these flaws may put devices using those processors at risk.

The Progressive Technology Project says, “Unlike most technical vulnerabilities, which are caused by poorly written software, Meltdown and Spectre are caused by the way computer chips are designed. Therefore, they are much harder to fix. Using these vulnerabilities, an attacker with access to a computer or server (including remote access) can read information used by other programs on the computer or server.”

But what does that mean for you and your nonprofit?

We’re going to defer to the experts on this one. The following articles from sources we like will tell you what you need to know and the steps you can take to protect yourself.

If we learn anything new, we’ll be sure and share it. If you’re interested in learning more about computer security in general, don’t forget about our free resource, “What Nonprofits Need to Know About Security: A Practical Guide to Managing Risk.”