Your gadgets could be in serious danger – and it’s all down to a simple Google Chrome error.
Cyber experts have warned that not taking proper care of Google’s web browser could expose you to major hacking attacks.
It’s all about updates – and if you don’t install them, that’s bad news.
Just this week, Google was forced to release an emergency update to prevent the exploitation of a “high severity” bug.
But if you don’t install updates that fix these bugs, you’ll miss key protections.
“Not only does updating your Chrome browser introduce new features, such as privacy and web tracking protection, but it also protects against critical security threats,” said Mike Varley, cyber expert and manager. of threat hunting at Adarma, speaking to The Sun.
“Google’s recent update targets what’s called a ‘zero-day’.
“A zero-day is a newly discovered vulnerability that is known to attackers and known to be actively exploited.
“When that happens, it’s a race against time to develop fixes and protect end users while they’re deployed.”
This week’s Google error was labeled “high severity.”
It also affected Microsoft Edge users, forcing the rival company to release an equally urgent update.
This could indicate that this is an important issue that may already be exploited in the real world.
This is why it is so important to update your Google Chrome as often as possible.
“Never updating Google Chrome can leave dangerous vulnerabilities in your browser, which can be exploited by malicious actors as an entry point into your device,” Mike told The Sun.
“Malicious websites that host exploit kits can identify potential vulnerabilities in client connections and then leverage those weaknesses to gain initial access.
“From there, an attacker could be free to roam around your computer or other devices on your network, collect personal information, email and banking details, infect with malware, or to deploy ransomware to compel payment.
“An up-to-date browser, although it looks simple, can go a long way to keeping you safe online.”
Google’s latest issue was first reported on March 23 and requires urgent attention.
Unfortunately, we don’t know exactly what will happen if you don’t update your browser.
How to Update Google Chrome
The update you are looking for on Google Chrome is version 99.04844.84 or later.
To do this, navigate 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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