GOOGLE has hastily released ANOTHER emergency security patch for Chrome – the second in as many weeks.
The update, which is rolling out to the browser’s 2.6billion users this week, fixes a critical vulnerability that exposes people to hackers.
It’s been listed as a “high severity” bug in a short note about the patch posted to Chrome’s official release blog on Monday.
Details on the flaw are scarce. Google keeps a lid on where in its code vulnerabilities lie in order to protect users who are yet to update.
Thankfully, it appears that hackers are yet to exploit the defect for nefarious purposes.
Security holes allow hackers to potentially take over computer systems – compromising your devices.
If a hacker can hijack part of your computer, they could potentially wreak havoc on your digital life.
Google regularly releases security patches for Chrome, typically mending over a dozen vulnerabilities at a time.
However, emergency fixes issued for solitary security bugs are unusual.
It suggests that the potential consequences of cyber crooks getting wind of the defect are severe.
The update takes Chrome to version 100.0.4896.75 and began rolling out on April 4.
It will roll out to users on Windows, Mac and Linux over the coming days and weeks, according to Google.
It follows the release of another emergency Chrome patch last week.
On March 25, Google warned of a “high severity” security hole in its browser that required an urgent update.
The issue was also fixed for Microsoft Edge users with a software update. Neither Microsoft nor Google detailed what the problem was.
Hackers were said to be aware of the issue and were reportedly exploiting it to break into people’s browsers.
There are an estimated 3.2billion people using Google Chrome around the world – so a major bug can be devastating.
Updating your browser regularly is important for security – and one of the best ways to avoid being hacked.
However, it’s also an easy way to get new features to improve your online experience.
So consider upgrading your browser often to keep your PC or Mac in good health.
How to update Google Chrome
The update you’re looking for on Google Chrome is version 99.04844.84 or later.
To do this, go to the three dots in the top-right corner, and then choose Help.
Now go to About Google Chrome and then begin the update.
You should do this regularly to keep your PC or Mac protected against the latest hack attacks.
But it’s not foolproof: stay vigilant online and don’t click unsolicited links, hand over personal information, or download unverified apps.
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