GOOGLE has released a major new security update for its Chome web browser that, if left uninstalled, could expose users to attacks from cyber crooks.
The security patch updates users to Chrome version 104 and fixes a total of 27 different security issues.
This affects all supported desktop devices including Windows, Mac and Linux as well as Google Android and Apple iOS devices.
In 2021, an estimated 3.2 billion internet users worldwide used Chrome as their main browser, and this release affects every one of them.
Although the 27 specific security issues addressed are important to your internet security, none of them are listed as the most serious “critical” level.
However, seven are rated “high”, which is the next lower level.
“A substantial $43,000 was paid out in bug bounties [for these fixes]Jake Moore, Global Cybersecurity Advisor at ESET, told The Sun.
“Highlighting that these were still important enough to compel payments to those who identified and fixed them.”
While the update is being rolled out automatically, Google has pointed this out its release notes that it may be days or even weeks before all users see that their browser is updated.
So it pays to be extra vigilant and update it manually as soon as possible.
While the update doesn’t mention any critical bugs this time around, Google says it will help protect your browser from attacks targeting the vulnerabilities.
Moore recommends that users also remember to close the browser after installing the update.
“The Chrome browser normally installs updates automatically, which in turn makes it more secure, but this time the security fixes won’t activate until the browser is restarted,” he explained.
“While this may sound normal, it could pose a risk for those who leave their tabs open for weeks while their favorite sites are always loaded.”
How to download Chrome update
You can check which version your device is using by going to the browser settings page via the three dots in the upper right corner and then selecting Help.
Now go to About Google Chrome. If the update is available to you, you can force it to be installed here.
You are looking for Chrome version 104.0.5112.79 for Mac/Linux and version 104.0.5112.79/80/81 for Windows.
“If the security update hasn’t rolled out to you yet, it’s worth keeping automatic updates for Chrome — and all apps for that matter,” Moore added.
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