Whatever your online needs, it can be hard to feel safe on the internet with so many threats from hackers, scams and phishing programs. We use the internet for everything from banking to paying our taxes to following our friends on social media, which means there’s no shortage of data for fraudsters to get their hands on. This only intensified with the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, where we suddenly spent a lot more time indoors, sharing a lot more of our daily lives online. With that in mind, it’s important to protect yourself, so you’ll want to pay attention to an urgent warning from Google about a popular web browser. Read on to find out what you need to do to keep yourself and your information safe.
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As reported by Forbes earlier this week there were several hacks of Google’s browser, Chrome. Google released a statement on its official blog on Monday, confirming 11 total hacks, of which nine are rated as “high” threats and two are rated as “medium”. These hacks put you at risk if you use Chrome on any platform, whether you are a PC/Windows user, an Apple/Mac fan, or if you are loyal to the Linux desktop.
Google did not release specific details about the hacks, writing in the blog announcement that “access to bug details and links may be restricted until a majority of users are updated. with a fix”. Forbes said Google is keeping details “top secret”, “giving users time to protect themselves”.
If you’re one of Chrome’s 3.2 billion users, you’ll need to update your browser to stay secure. Google has released update 100.0.4896.88 for all three platforms (Windows, Mac, and Linux), “which will be rolling out over the next few days/weeks,” the announcement says, meaning it doesn’t. is not yet available for all users. If the update is available to you, you can see “Update” highlighted in green in the upper right corner of your browser window.
If you don’t see this, Forbes advises to manually check for the update. You can do this by clicking the three dots in the upper right corner, clicking “Help”, then “About Google Chrome”. The system will take you to a page to check for updates and ask you to relaunch Chrome in order to complete the update. It is an essential step, Forbes Be careful, because you won’t be safe unless Chrome is restarted after the update.
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In a March 2022 blog post written by Adrian Taylor from Chrome’s security team, Google let users know that there was an increase in “zero-day attacks”. These are cyberattacks capable of spreading “in the wild” before Google can remediate them, Forbes reported in March.
“While the increase may seem concerning initially, it’s important to understand the reason for this trend,” Taylor said. “If it’s because there are a lot more exploits in the wild, that could indicate a worrying trend. On the other hand, if we’re just gaining more visibility into exploitation by attackers, that’s is actually a good thing!”
Taylor further added that these attacks had other benefits, namely that they allowed Google to react more quickly with bug fixes, as well as to better understand the attackers. Taylor highlighted four reasons for exploits, including hackers launching more attacks, Chrome becoming a bigger target for hackers, more complex systems leading to more bugs, and the fact that bugs aren’t (unfortunately ) than part of software in general.
Google is working to address these issues, but Taylor noted, “We’re well past the ‘easy wins’ stage when it comes to raising the security bar,” adding that the patches are “projects long-term with significant technical challenges. “
Ultimately, you also need to be diligent about securing your system, as Chrome is unable to protect itself automatically, according to Forbes. And while Google’s security is the strongest it’s ever been, “there’s no room for complacency,” the magazine notes.
Be sure to stay on top of browser updates to protect yourself and your information, Taylor said, noting, “If Chrome reminds you to update, please do so!”
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