The Chrome browser just received a small but crucial incremental update and you should drop what you’re doing and click that “check for updates” button. Seriously. Do it right now. I’ll be here when you’re done to explain what’s going on. Back? Good. The Chrome browser gets updates all the time. Between major releases, there are usually two or three incremental updates that contain bug fixes, feature tweaks, and most importantly, security patches. Sometimes, the list of updates is massive. Other times, a single vulnerability in Chrome can prompt one of these updates to protect the end-user. That’s exactly what happened this week.
More often than not, these security vulnerabilities are identified by researchers before they have the opportunity to be exploited by any baddies. In rarer cases, these weaknesses are actually discovered by more unsavory types and an attack is launched against unknowing users. The latest update to Chrome 88 is intended to patch one such security hole and researchers believe that an exploit has been spotted out in the wild.
Needless to say, you should always keep your browser updated but this is one instance where you should not delay. There will always be those looking to exploit users but thankfully, we have fine people like Mattias Buelens who are on the lookout for these security holes and Google is quick to get them patched. If you aren’t sure if you have the latest version of Chrome, click the three-dot menu at the top right, click “help” and click About Chrome. Hit that check for updates button. If you are up-to-date, you should be on version 88.0.4324.150 for Windows, Mac, and Linux. Stay safe.