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This week’s TechTip is a Public Service Announcement (PSA) for those of you who are using the Chrome browser.
Several security researchers identified a “Serious Chrome zero-day” vulnerability. This just means that there is a vulnerability in the Chrome browser that hackers could exploit to gain access to your computer.
A zero-day threat is a threat that exploits an unknown computer security vulnerability. The term is derived from the age of the exploit, which takes place before or on the first (or “zeroth”) day of a developer’s awareness of the exploit or bug … Attackers exploit zero-day vulnerabilities through different vectors.
How to Check for the Latest Chrome Browser Update
It’s quite simple to take a look and make sure your Chrome browser has been updated to the latest version which fixes the problem.
- Access the “About Google Chrome” page by typing into the address bar the special URL chrome://settings/help.
- On this page verify that the version number is Version 72.0.3626.121 (Official Build) (64-bit) for Windows users and Version 73.0.3683.67 (Official Build) beta (64-bit) for Mac users.
- If you have an older version, then you need to update immediately.
Google provides a bit of information on their release notes page.
Note: Access to bug details and links may be kept restricted until a majority of users are updated with a fix. We will also retain restrictions if the bug exists in a third-party library that other projects similarly depend on but haven’t yet fixed.
This note simply means that Google will not release details about the vulnerability until most browsers have been updated with the fix.
One of the best ways to protect your organization from a hacker is to make sure you update all software and platforms to the latest version. Continuing to use software with known vulnerabilities is merely a recipe for problems.
What steps do you take to keep your programs updated?