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Emergency Alert for BILLIONS of Google Chrome Users – You Must Act Now

GOOGLE has released an urgent update for its Chrome browser that closes critical security vulnerabilities that could be exploited by hackers.

The software upgrade is rolling out this week for the Chrome app on Windows PCs around the world.

Google has released an important security update for Chrome on Windows

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Google has released an important security update for Chrome on WindowsPhoto credit: Getty

The new version 103.0.5060.114 contains four security fixes, three of which were outlined by Google in a short blog post.

One patches a high severity “zero-day” vulnerability that could have been exploited by cyber crooks.

A zero-day is a bug in software that attackers discovered before the vendor knew about it.

Google did not provide any information about the vulnerability to protect Chrome users from possible attacks.

The other two bugs patched by Google are also classified as high grade, but are said not to have been exploited by crooks.

Billions of people around the world use Google Chrome, making it the most popular web browser in the world.

Therefore, it is a popular target for hackers who try to exploit flaws in the software to gain access to people’s PCs or smartphones.

To update Chrome, click the three-dot menu in the top-right corner of your Chrome window.

Go to Help > About Google Chrome to see if the update is available for you.

An army of vigilante hackers hunt bugs in software developed by companies like Windows, Google, and Apple.

Big tech companies strive to find and fix the vulnerabilities before they are discovered by cyber crooks who could use them to target users.

They pay techies thousands of dollars to find and report bugs that could prove useful to criminals.

Experts have thwarted a record number of serious security flaws exploited by hackers over the past year.

Google said in a report earlier this year that bug hunters have reported a total of 58 for 2021, including a powerful cyberweapon used to spy on Boris Johnson’s computer network.

The shocking number was the highest since the tech company launched a program to eradicate hackers in 2014.

This more than doubled the previous record from 2015.

Google warned that many of the so-called “zero-day exploits” found in the wild use similar techniques that have been seen before.

The unwanted list included five against iPhones iOS, seven affecting Android and 14 linked to Chrome systems.

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