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Google warns MILLIONS of Chrome users about growing number of attacks – how to stay safe

GOOGLE has issued a chilling warning to the 2.6 billion users of its Chrome web browser.

Last week, the US tech giant told fans that they expect an increase in the number of reported cyberattacks in the coming months.

Google Chrome users have been told to expect an increase in the number of cyberattack reports in the coming months

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Google Chrome users have been told to expect an increase in the number of cyberattack reports in the coming months

Adrian Taylor, a member of Chrome’s Security Team, explained the rise of blog post on March 10.

He was prompted to write the article in response to growing reports of exploits found “in the wild” by Google’s network of researchers.

Those are software vulnerabilities that are being used by crooks to break into Chrome and attack users.

Google reported the exploits it found in a regular blog series.

“If you’re a regular reader of our Chrome release blog, you may have noticed that phrases like ‘exploit for CVE-1234-567 exist in the wild’ have been popping up more often lately. “, Taylor wrote.

He added that the increase in cyberattack reports could be the result of two factors.

“While the upside may seem worrisome at first, it’s important to understand the rationale behind the trend.” Taylor wrote.

“If it’s due to a lot of mining activity in the wild, it could point to a worrying trend.”

He added: “On the other hand, if we simply get more exploits by attackers, that’s actually a good thing!

“That’s good because it means we can respond by delivering fixes to users more quickly, and we can learn more about how the attackers actually operate.

“So that’s it? It can be a bit of both.”

According to data from Google’s Project Zero cybersecurity lab, the number of exploits in the wild, also known as “zero days,” has more than tripled between 2019 and 2021.

The dramatic increase in Chrome’s popularity in recent years, Taylor said, can be partly attributed to it making the browser a more attractive prospect for cyberattacks due to the large number of victims. its potential.

The cause of this increase is the increasing complexity of browsers like Chrome, such as PCs and smartphones becoming smarter.

Taylor explains that hackers need more and more attacks to break through Chrome’s defenses.

This is because the security team decided to separate running programs so that attacks cannot spread between vulnerable parts of the browser.

“Attackers in general now have to use more bugs than they did before,” Taylor wrote.

“To have the same level of attacker success, we’ll see more natural errors reported over time, as we add more layers of defense that attackers need to get through.”

For its part, Chrome is speeding up its release cycles to try and cut the time between discovering an exploit and launching its patch.

That gap has dropped from 35 days in Chrome 76 to an average of 18 days today, with plans in place to reduce this gap even further in the future.

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Users can keep their PCs protected by making sure they keep their browsers up to date with the latest software releases.

“Above all,” Taylor wrote. “If Chrome is prompting you to update, do so!”

To update Chrome, open the browser and click the More icon (three vertical dots) in the top right.

Click Update Google Chrome. If that option is not available, it means you are already using the latest version.

Once you’ve updated, click Relaunch.

Google is speeding up Chrome's update release cycle

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