(RepublicanInformer.com)- Google just warned that more than 3 billion Chrome users should immediately update their browsers to avoid becoming a victim of a massive cyber attack.
Chrome is an internet browser used on cell phones, tablets, and computers that is available for Windows, Mac, and Android devices.
On Monday, Google said that it had published an emergency patch to the software that fixes 11 major software vulnerabilities. It means that anybody who doesn’t update their software could be susceptible to cyberattacks from hackers looking to obtain personal information, including usernames and passwords.
The update was announced in a blog post that describes how CVE-2022-0609 is a software vulnerability known to “exist in the wild,” meaning that hackers are aware of the flaw and are actively using it to hack unsuspecting victims. These vulnerabilities are often given a level of severity and urgency for users, and this was labeled a “high priority:” vulnerability. That means an attacker could very easily run their own code on a targeted computer at any time.
There were six other vulnerabilities fixed in the patch that were considered “high priority” and three more that readers weren’t given much information about.
Updating your Google Chrome browser is easy. Simply open up your browser and click the three vertical dots in the top right of your screen. There, you should see an “Update Google Chrome” button. On your cell phone, go to either the Google Play Store or the Apple App Store and search for updates. If you’re using a computer, be sure to restart your computer after the update.