GOOGLE is urging the two billion Chrome users to update their browsers – or risk being hacked.
The first update to the web browser for 2022 fixed dozens of vulnerabilities found by researchers, including one that was listed as “critical”.
Each touchpoint leaves your browser defenseless against cybercriminals who are spying on your logins and financial data.
For instance, a critical vulnerability found by Google can be exploited to gain control of a victim’s system, the tech giant said in a statement. blog post.
An update called Chrome 97 is rolling out to users globally now.
“The Chrome team is excited to announce the promotion of Chrome 97 for the stable channel for Windows, Mac and Linux,” Google said.
“This feature will be rolling out in the coming days/weeks.”
The company listed 37 vulnerabilities discovered by “white hat” researchers and hackers who use their skills to alert companies to potential exploits.
Of those, one is classified as “severe”, while ten are considered to have “high” severity.
As per standard company practice, Google does not detail exactly how hackers might use the exploits.
This is to ensure that crooks don’t use them to attack Chrome users before they have a chance to update.
“Access to bug details and links may be limited until the majority of users are updated with a fix,” Google said.
“We will also retain restrictions if a bug exists in a third-party library that other projects depend on similarly but has not yet been fixed.”
To update Chrome on your computer, open the Google Chrome browser and click the More icon (three vertical dots) in the top right.
Click Update Google Chrome. If that option isn’t there, it means you’re already using the latest version.
Google regularly rolls out updates to Chrome when their research teams discover or are notified of vulnerabilities that could expose users.
Software improvements also introduce new features and fix bugs and other issues.
In November, Google warned Chrome users to update the browser after the company discovered 25 new threats over a two-week period.
In a new blog post published on November 15, Google labeled seven of the 25 vulnerabilities as “high-level” threats.
According to the search engine giant, Linux, macOS and Windows users are all affected by the threats and need to act immediately.
It follows a similar warning in October warning users of “multiple high-profile attacks by [the] Browser. “
In one post, the tech giant advised its 2.6 billion users to take note, revealing four vulnerabilities rated “high”.
Google’s threat analysis team (TAG) said hackers “generated malformed code signatures” that allowed them to attack Windows PCs.
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