The Intel chip vulnerability is probably the biggest security hit the chip maker has ever had, and given its popularity. So many people’s security on their Windows, macOS, Chrome OS, and Linux devices are vulnerable. Even mobile operating systems like Android and iOS are not spared.
We cannot emphasize on this enough, please patch your devices, ASAP. How do you patch up? By installing security updates for you various platform. Microsoft, Apple, Google, and various Linux distro are currently working in partnership with Intel to release security patch to address the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerability. They have been issuing security update for the last couple of weeks. Make sure you have updated your device.
The Security Patch will make your Device run slower
There is one major caveat with the update currently being issued by the various players; they will make your device run slower.
Though PC users using new devices will most likely not notice the slow down in performance. However, PC users using older hardware and running older Windows versions (Windows 7/8) will most likely experience some performance slow down.