A Quick Rundown About Meltdown & Spectre


Security vulnerabilities have a rippling effect, and because of this, SolidTrust Pay would like to briefly inform users about two new security flaws: Meltdown and Spectre.

Meltdown and Spectre are major security vulnerabilities that are found in processing chips, which are in many of the world’s phones and computers. This means that malicious programs have the ability to read the contents of a computer’s RAM, exposing passwords and encryption keys, otherwise known as information leakage. According to Ars Technica, “Meltdown, applicable to virtually every Intel chip made for many years, along with certain high-performance ARM [Advanced RISC Machine] designs, is the easier to exploit and enables any user program to read vast tracts of kernel data.” Although Meltdown is easier to exploit, it will be easier to patch than Spectre.

Companies, specifically the ones listed here, are not issuing any recalls of the technologies embedded with the chips. Even though patches and updates will be issued, the threat of information leakage will continue to be around for a lengthy, undisclosed amount of time.
For Meltdown, updates should happen by the end of January, says Intel CEO Brian Krzanich. After the fixes are implemented, you may find that your computer or personal device may be running slower. Spectre, on the other hand, doesn’t really have a fix, according to our sources.

This article lightly brushes over this complex topic, and it will be one to follow for months to come. We recommend reading credible tech news sources in regards to the latest on Meltdown and Spectre, specifically Ars Technica (really great if you are from an IT or development background) and Engadget (lighter reading for people with a background not in computers).


SolidTrust Pay’s Chief Security Officer advises users to “keep everything updated, [such as] Windows, web browsers, antivirus software, and only go to known and trusted websites. Don’t download anything unless you know 100% sure what it is.” In other words, stick to what you know best, and be diligent when using the internet.



Keep Up To Date With SolidTrust Pay & Your Money!

Do you like receiving content from SolidTrust Pay on Facebook? Want to be kept in the loop about our shiny new payment options and contests? How about where you can spend your Bitcoins in Berlin on a Saturday night? Okay, maybe not the last question, but if you said yes to any of the above, we highly recommend that you keep reading!

To give you background, in a recent Facebook post, Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder, chairman and executive officer of Facebook, wrote “one of our big focus areas for 2018 is making sure the time we all spend on Facebook is time well spent”, and that “we can feel more connected and less lonely, and that correlates with long-term measures of happiness and health.” So what does this mean? Well, as Zuckerberg stated, “the first changes you’ll see will be in News Feed, where you can expect to see more from your friends, family, and groups.” In return, these changes will lead to a decrease in content from businesses, brands, and media (i.e., SolidTrust Pay) from showing up in your timeline.

You may be asking how you can still receive content in your timeline from us – it’s really quite an easy fix. We have prepared two informative visual guides for your convenience. The first guide is for users who are using personal computers. The second guide is for users who are using tablets or smartphones. Each guide can be found respectively below.


Personal Computer Guide:

1. Log into your Facebook account. Search for SolidTrust Pay in the search bar, found at the top of the screen.

2. Be sure that you have liked our page. To do so, just click on the thumbs up (Liked button), which can be found off to the left under our banner.


3. Click the Follow button, which can be found to the right of the Liked button.

A. Select the option in the drop-down menu that says See First.
B. Select the option in the drop-down menu that says All On (Posts, Events, All Live Videos).




Tablet & Smartphone Guide:

1. Log into your Facebook account. Search for SolidTrust Pay in the search bar, found at the top of the screen.

2. Be sure that you have liked our page. To do so, just click on the thumbs up (Liked button), which can be found off to the left under our banner.


3. Click the Follow button, which can be found to the right of the Liked button.

A. Slide the button over where it says Get Notifications.
B. Select the option that says See First.



Congratulations – you have enabled receiving the latest updates from SolidTrust Pay! Woo hoo!

** The images above may not show the process for your device. If you are having issues with following us, we would recommend contacting Facebook Customer Support.

The Why and How of Traveling with Bitcoin



Lonely girl with suitcase at country road dreaming about travel.

The best way to travel into 2018 is to travel with the future of payments. Bitcoin is fast becoming a more recognized payment option within the world of travel and for good reason! There are great advantages to using Bitcoin while traveling, here are some of the reasons you should think about trying it yourself for your future trips.

Currency Exchange
Changing currency is not only a hassle but can also become very expensive, especially if you need to change to more than one different currency throughout your trip. When using credit cards or international debit cards, fees can add up quickly.

By using local Bitcoin ATMs, it is easy to get the local currency needed for your trip wherever you are!

Reduce Risk of Fraud and Theft
We all know that everytime you use your credit card, you are running the risk of your personal information getting into the hands of the wrong people. Being in new places could heighten this risk. By avoiding using credit and debit cards, you are keeping your information more secure.

If you avoid bringing your cards for just this reason, that would mean that you are depending on cash. By relying on cold hard cash, the risk of being pickpocketed and left with nothing at all is at an all-time high.

Since Bitcoin cannot be stolen and can only be sent or exchanged by you, it is the safest currency to travel with.

Easy Time Through Border Control
Hate going through border control and telling them exactly how much money you are bringing with you on your trip? Skip that step too! Just know in advance where the local Bitcoin ATMs are at your destination, the only cash you will need is for that magazine and sandwich for the plane!

No More Cancelled Cards
A small but simply annoying step you can skip as well is that call to your credit card provider to let them know where you are going. Even worse is when you forget and are left with a useless card while on your trip! Bitcoin never suspends your funds.


So you’re convinced now, right? The question now is, how do I do it?


Here are some websites you should know about to not only help you while on your trip but also help you start planning it now!


Researching the Area
As mentioned before, the number one thing to know is where you will be able to pay using Bitcoin or where ATMs are to get the local currency you need.

Coinatmradar.com and Coinmap.org are here to help you with that. It is also suggested to check out local Facebook groups of Bitcoin users, that’s how you can get the inside scoop like that one taxi driver that will accept Bitcoin along with their personal number!

Booking Your Trip
There are now lots of options for booking your flight and hotel using Bitcoin. Use sites like Cheapair.com, Abitsky.com, and Btctrip.com to book your flights around the world. For hotel and flight combos, try Bitcoin.travel, Expedia.ca, and Fluege.com. Want less of the hotel feel and something a bit more cozy of a stay? Try 9flats.com, a vacation home and apartment rental service that has around 20% of their choices available to purchase through Bitcoin.


We here at SolidTrust Pay want to wish everyone a very happy New Year and hope that we can help you through any Bitcoin need that you have!