GOOGLE hastily released ANOTHER emergency security patch for Chrome – the second in ten days.
The update, which is rolling out this week to the browser’s 2.6 billion users, fixes a critical vulnerability that leaves users vulnerable to hackers.
It was listed as a “high severity” bug in a short patch note posted on the official Chrome blog on Monday.
Details on the fault are scarce. Google keeps a lid on where vulnerabilities in its code are to protect users who haven’t updated yet.
Luckily, it seems hackers haven’t exploited the flaw for nefarious purposes yet.
Security vulnerabilities allow hackers to potentially take control of computer systems, thereby compromising your devices.
If a hacker can hijack part of your computer, they could potentially wreak havoc on your digital life.
Google regularly releases security patches for Chrome, usually fixing more than a dozen vulnerabilities at a time.
However, emergency patches released for isolated security bugs are unusual.
This suggests that the potential consequences if cyber crooks get wind of the flaw are serious.
The update brings Chrome to version 100.0.4896.75 and began rolling out on April 4.
It will be rolling out to Windows, Mac, and Linux over the next few days and weeks, according to Google.
It follows the release of another emergency patch for Chrome last week.
On March 25, Google warned of a “high-severity” security flaw in its browser that needed an urgent update.
The issue has also been resolved for Microsoft Edge users with a software update. Neither Microsoft nor Google detailed the problem.
Hackers were reportedly aware of the problem and exploited it to break into users’ browsers.
It is estimated that 3.2 billion people use Google Chrome worldwide. A major bug can therefore be devastating.
Updating your browser regularly is important for security – and one of the best ways to avoid being hacked.
However, it’s also an easy way to get new features to improve your online experience.
So remember to update your browser often to keep your PC or Mac healthy.
How to Update Google Chrome
The update you are looking for on Google Chrome is version 99.04844.84 or later.
To do this, go to the three dots in the upper right corner, then choose Help.
Now go to About Google Chrome and then start the update.
You need to do this regularly to protect your PC or Mac from the latest hacking attacks.
But it’s not foolproof: stay alert online and don’t click on unsolicited links, give out personal information, or download unverified apps.
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