YOUR gadgets could be in grave danger – and it’s all tied to a simple Google Chrome bug.
Cyber experts have warned that not maintaining Google web browser could put you at risk of major hacking attacks.
It’s all tied to updates — and if you don’t install them, that’s bad news.
But if you don’t install updates that fix these bugs, you’re missing out on important protections.
“Updating your Chrome browser not only introduces new features like privacy and web-tracking protection, but it also protects against critical security threats,” Mike Varley, cyber expert and threat hunting lead at Adarma, told The Sun.
“The latest update from Google aims for a so-called “zero-day”.
“A zero-day is a vulnerability that has just been discovered, is known to attackers, and is known to be actively exploited.
“When this happens, it’s a race against time to develop patches and protect end users while they roll out.”
This week’s Google bug was described as “severe”.
It also affected Microsoft Edge users, leading to the competitor firm releasing a similarly urgent update.
This could indicate that it is a significant issue that may already be exploited in the real world.
That’s why it’s so important Update your Google Chrome as often as possible.
“Never updated Google Chrome can leave dangerous vulnerabilities in your browser that malicious actors can use as an entry point into your device,” Mike told The Sun.
“Malicious websites hosting exploit kits can identify potential client connection vulnerabilities and then exploit those vulnerabilities to gain initial access.
“From there, an attacker could roam freely on your computer or other devices on your network, collect personal information, email and bank account details, infect with malware, or use ransomware to force a payment.
“An up-to-date browser, while seemingly basic, can go a long way in keeping you safe online.”
Google’s latest issue was first reported on March 23rd and requires urgent attention.
Unfortunately, we don’t know exactly what happens if you don’t update your browser.
How to update Google Chrome
The Google Chrome update you are looking for is version 99.04844.84 or later.
To do this, go to the three dots in the top right corner and then select Help.
Now go to About Google Chrome and then start the update.
You should do this regularly to protect your PC or Mac from the latest hack attacks.
But it’s not foolproof: stay vigilant online and don’t click unwanted links, give out personal information, or download unverified apps.
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