Just as you keep your computer’s operating system up to date with the latest security patches, you should also keep your web browser up to date. Hackers can exploit outdated browsers, leading to malware or ransomware infections.
This blog post will explain why it’s important to keep Google Chrome updated and how to do it.
Cybersecurity is always a hot topic in the business world, and for good reason. Large corporations are always under attack by hackers who want to exploit any vulnerability they can find. This month, Google Chrome raced to fix a zero-day vulnerability within its browser with a critical security patch.
What Is a Zero Day Vulnerability?
Zero-day exploits are a major threat to computer security. They are called zero-day because the vendors have zero days to fix them before they are exploited. The vendors have not yet publicly discovered or fixed.
This term generally refers to software vulnerabilities in applications and operating systems, although it can also apply to hardware devices.
Attackers can exploit zero-day vulnerabilities to install malicious software, overlook security restrictions, or gain access to sensitive data. Many popular software programs have publicly known vulnerabilities that attackers can exploit if the users haven’t installed the latest security updates.
Security researchers often report these vulnerabilities to the vendors so they can create patches to fix them before attackers have a chance to exploit them.
Don’t Leave Yourself Open
This is why keeping your devices and software updated with the latest security patches and updates is so important. Updates are important because they often include security patches that fix vulnerabilities that have been discovered.
If you don’t update your devices and browsers, you’re leaving yourself open to attack from hackers who may be able to exploit those vulnerabilities.
How to Update Google Chrome
If you have automatic updates, this security patch should already be installed in your browser. If not, you’ll need to regularly check for updates and do it manually. To update your Google Chrome browser, follow these steps right now.
- Find the settings for your browser. It should be in the top right corner. Click the menu button and choose “Settings.”
- In the Settings menu, select “About Chrome.”
- Chrome will automatically check for updates. Wait a few moments for it to give you instructions. If you are up to date, it will tell you. If you need to update your browser, it will allow you to do so.
Once you’ve updated your Google Chrome browser, you’ll need to restart the program. Restarting your browser will apply the security changes you have just made.
Keeping Your Information Safe Is a Serious Matter
No matter how large or small your business is, you can take steps to protect yourself from security exploitation. Keep your devices and software updated, use strong passwords, and be vigilant about phishing scams. The best way to fight against cybercrime is to make it difficult for criminals by using all the tools at our disposal.