Hello. Nice to meet you!
I have a serious dilemma! We all have heard about the two critical vulnerabilities were discovered in modern processors named “Meltdown” and “Spectre,” these processor chip vulnerabilities are found on personal computers, mobile devices, and in the cloud.
Now, my Lenovo ThinkPad T510 laptop PC that to this day runs great therefore I have no issues with it. I have no plans on upgrading to a new laptop. I have Windows 7 Pro SP1 installed and I was even figuring soon on upgrading my operating system to Windows 10 Pro ON THIS VERY PC!!!
So after hearing these two (2) critical vulnerabilities I checked with both Lenovo and Intel to see if there was a patch to update to secure my PC from these two (2) threats. I discovered NOT. Intel defers me to Lenovo as they are the maker and control the updates and such. I just discovered my PC was just outside the mainstream/extended support updates late this past year and now deemed EOL (End of Life).
So without these important patches for my PC, I am now vulnerable with this PC! What can I do in order to assure malicious hackers using these two (2) design flaws do not compromise my PC without the patch fix(es)??? A good explanation is needed, please!
All I read online is “determine one’s vulnerabilities with running various tools” (I have done and found I am vulnerable.) and “how to patch instructions” one’s PC when I Google search for those with computers who can be affected by hackers for these two (2) threats, BUT EXCLUDES resources online for MANY of those computer users who will NOT be able to acquire patch(es) -- what to do???????????????????? (There has to be out of the box geek thinkers out there when it comes to this BIG issue!!!)
Also -- Any other third party software programs (free/paid) that would protect me to the SAME (or BETTER) degree of protection and reliability as the missing patch(es) or not???
Edited by hamluis, 18 January 2018 - 07:32 AM.
Moved from Win 7 to Gen Security - Hamluis.