The internet has made it easier than ever to connect with people around the world but one of the major problems with this feature is that a sizeable chunk of those people are terrible human beings who are more than happy to exploit the world wide web for their own benefit.
If movies are to be believed, hackers spend their days frantically pounding at their keyboard trying to do everything in their power to infiltrate mainframes but that’s usually not exactly how things work in real life.
However, as we’ve recently learned all too well, we’ve blindly entrusted major tech companies to protect our privacy only to see hackers figure out ways to infiltrate basically all of them in one way or another and now we have a brand new victim in the form of Google Chrome.
According to Fortune, Google engineer Justin Schuh recently came across a major security flaw that’s made the browser vulnerable to hackers, and while the company hasn’t really released any specifics, they’re urging anyone who uses it to surf the web on their computer to update as soon as possible.
As the article notes, Chrome usually automatically updates on a regular basis, but if you want to make sure you have the latest patch, you’re going to want to follow these steps:
- Click the “…” in the upper right corner of the browser
- Hit “Help”
- Select “About Chrome” from the popout menu
Chrome will scan for an update, and even if it’s installed, you may have to relaunch your browser for it to take effect.
If you’re worried about being hacked in other ways, there are plenty of experts out there who have put together some tips in order to help you avoid having your life ruined online.
Of course, there’s only so much you can do but “not being stupid” is a pretty good start.