GOOGLE has just released a new Chrome update to fix two security vulnerabilities that were being exploited by hackers.
To make sure you’re safe, all Google Chrome users are advised to update now.
Luckily, updating Chrome is very simpleCredit: Alamy
Specific details about the two patched security vulnerabilities and any attacks have not been made public yet.
This is likely to stop any cybercriminals trying to exploit them before everyone has updated.
In total, Google has now patched five similar security vulnerabilities, called “zero days”, in the past three weeks.
Chrome can update automatically when you reopen the browser but to be on the safe side you can follow the steps below.
Google has had to patch quite a few vulnerabilities latelyCredit: Getty – Contributor
How to update Google Chrome?
On your computer, open the Google Chrome browser and click the More icon (three vertical dots) in the top right.
Click Update Google Chrome, or if that option isn’t there, it means you’re already using the latest version.
Once you’ve updated, click Relaunch.
The browser will save your open tabs and windows and re-open them when it restarts.
You can also restart your browser later on by clicking Not Now.
This will cause the update to be applied the next time you restart your browser.
The More icon will be coloured (1) green if an update has been available for two days, (2) orange if an update has been available for four days, or (3) red if an update has been available for seven days.
Google Chrome – what you need to know
Here’s a quick guide…
- Google Chrome is a web browser created by Google
- It’s cross-platform, which means it works on a range of systems including Microsoft Windows and Apple’s iOS
- The browser also serves as the main part of Chrome OS – Google’s own operating system
- Most of Chrome’s code comes from Chromium, an open-source project built by Google
- Google Chrome is Google’s general-release browser based on Chromium, but anyone can build a Chromium app
- The full Google Chrome browser is completely free to download and use
- And according to StatCounter, around 68% of all web browsers globally are Google Chrome
- That’s down from a peak of 72%
- Google Chrome was first released on September 2, 2008
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