Google urges billions of Chrome users to update their web browsers NOW
If you happen to use Chrome to browse the web, answer emails, and watch TV, it’s a really good idea to make sure your software is fully up to date. Google has just announced the release of a major update that fixes a total of 30 vulnerabilities in the popular browser.
Some are so severe that they’ve been given the US tech company’s “high” severity rating, which means hackers could be close to taking full advantage of the bugs.
“This update includes 30 security fixes,” Google said in a blog post on its Chrome security page. “Chrome 101.0.4951.41 for Windows, Mac, and Linux contains a number of fixes and improvements.”
One good thing about this latest patch is that it looks like Google released it before cyber thieves managed to attack users. None of the bugs mentioned in this release have received a disastrous zero-day rating, which means users can breathe a slight sigh of relief.
When a release includes the phrase “zero-day”, it means hackers already know about a bug and how to take full advantage of it.
Although problems with Chrome are not yet targeted by hackers, this does not mean that they will not be used in the future, so it is a good idea to ensure that things are fully updated to stay safe from any cyber attack.
So how do you update to the latest version of Chrome?
First, it’s a good idea to check which version of Chrome you’re using. This can be easily found by clicking on Chrome in the menu bar and selecting About Chrome.
The latest version for desktop PCs is named 101.0.4951.41.
If you have it installed, you are safe. If not, you need to change things as soon as possible. If automatic updates are not enabled on your PC, updating Chrome is very simple.
On your computer, open Chrome and return to the About Chrome menu. If you are using older software, Google will warn you to click the update button. The only thing to be aware of is that the browser will need to restart, so make sure you’re not in the middle of something important.
This latest release from Google comes after a number of other major updates were released by the tech giant.
Earlier this month, Chrome users were advised to download build 100.0.4896.127 which fixed a number of bugs, including one that received the dreaded “zero-day” rating.
Speaking of the updates, the Mountain View firm said, “We also want to thank all of the security researchers who worked with us during the development cycle to prevent security bugs from reaching the stable channel.”