Your security is critical to a positive browsing experience, and Google is constantly pushing updates to Chrome to keep you safe from malicious websites. Some security flaws inevitably fall through the cracks – a reminder that you should always use the latest version of Chrome. It’s a recently discovered Chrome exploit that is being actively exploited today, and while Google immediately released a solution for it, there̵

7;s a chance you’ll still be able to run an old, vulnerable version. Let’s take a look at what you need to do to be safe.

Google recently pushed Chrome 91.0.4472.164 out to Android and desktop devices, and fixed a number of security flaws. One of them, branded CVE-2021-30563, is a zero-day exploit that hackers are already using. While the company does not disclose details about how the exploit works, a tracker reports that the zero-day exploits a bug in Chrome’s V8 JavaScript engine. A remote attacker could execute arbitrary code by tricking users into visiting a malicious Web site and triggering a type of V8 confusion error. Successful utilization can lead to a system being completely compromised.

How to update Chrome

Google made it clear in its announcement yesterday that Chrome users should update right now to stay safe. Your device should automatically download Chrome 91.0.4472.164, but if not, you can do so:

Chrome for desktop platforms

Because this vulnerability is rooted in the V8 Javascript engine, the vulnerability affects all Chrome-based browsers (Brave, Microsoft Edge, etc). Contact their respective developers for details on these. Here are the steps to follow with Chrome itself:

  • Click on the three-point menu on the right side of the browser.
  • Hover over “Help”.
  • Tap “About Chrome”.
  • Wait for Chrome to receive the update from Google. Restart the browser when it does.

Chrome for Android

You can update Chrome either through the Google Play Store or by downloading the latest update from APKMirror. To update your browser from the Google Play Store:

  • Launch the Google Play Store.
  • Tap your profile picture in the search box (with the old layout, press the “hamburger” button.)
  • Tap Manage apps and devices.
  • Press “Update All.”

Google will soon release an updated version of Chrome OS 91 to Chromebooks with these security updates. Be safe out there, folks.

Google Chrome: Fast and secure
Google Chrome: Fast and secure