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GOOGLE has released a significant new security update for its Chome web browser that, if not installed, could expose users to attacks from cyber crooks.
Updating users to Chrome version 104, the security patch fixes a total of 27 different security issues.
This affects all supported desktop devices including Windows, Mac and Linux as well as Google Android and Apple iOS devices.
As of 2021, there were an estimated 3.2 billion internet users worldwide using Chrome as their main browser, and this release affects every one of them.
While the 27 specific security issues addressed are important for your internet security, none of them are listed as the most severe “critical” level.
Seven, however, are rated “high”, which is the next level down.
“A significant $43,000 was paid out in bug bounties [for these fixes],” Jake Moore, Global Cybersecurity Advisor at ESET, told The Sun.
“Highlighting how these were still important enough to force payments to those who identified them and fix them.”
While the update will be rolled out automatically, Google has advised in its release notes that it could be days or even weeks before all users see their browser is updated.
So it’s worth being extra vigilant and updating it, manually, as soon as possible.
While the update doesn’t mention any critical flaws this time, Google says doing so will help to protect your browser against attacks that target the vulnerabilities.
Moore recommends that users also remember to close down the browser after installing the update.
“The Chrome browser will usually install updates automatically which in turn makes it more secure however this time the security fixes won’t be activated until the browser is restarted,” he explained.
“Although this may sound normal, this could pose a risk to those who leave their tabs open for weeks on end with their favourite sites always loaded.”
How to download the Chrome update
You can check which version your device is using by heading to the browser’s settings page via the three dots in the top-right corner, then choosing Help.
Now go to About Google Chrome. If the update is available to you, you’ll be able to force install it here.
You’re looking for Chrome version 104.0.5112.79 for Mac/Linux and version 104.0.5112.79/80/81 for Windows.
“If the security update has not yet been pushed out to you yet, it’s worth keeping automatics updates on Chrome – and all apps for that matter,” added Moore.
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