Google recently patched a number of Chrome security flaws. Check to see if your browser is up to date.
Vulnerabilities in security are an unavoidable part of digital life. Google recently discovered 11 vulnerabilities in Chrome, two of which are live and active, and quickly issued a fix. As a result, you should make the necessary updates as soon as possible.
What’s the deal with these Google Chrome vulnerabilities?
On Monday, September 13, Google released a Chrome security update that addressed 11 known issues, including two zero-day vulnerabilities that the company identified as being actively exploited. That means that bad actors exploited two of these security flaws without Google or other relevant entities being aware of it.
How do I update Chrome to patch these vulnerabilities?
These patches may have already been installed if Chrome updated automatically for you in the background. If not, your browser may display an update button in one of the three colors listed below:
- Green: An update was released less than 2 days ago.
- Orange: An update was released about 4 days ago.
- Red: An update was released at least a week ago.
The update is new enough at the time of this article’s publication that you should only see a green button. You might come across one of the other two colors down the road.
To update, go to the menu bar and click the More button (the three vertical dots). Click “Update Google Chrome” if an update is available. If this option isn’t available, Google says your browser is up to date. However, there’s another way to double-check while also confirming which Chrome version you’re using.
How do I check which version of Chrome I’m running?
Return to the More button, select Help, and then “About Google Chrome.” While the app searches for any available updates, you’ll see your current version of Chrome. If one is available, you can install it from here by following the on-screen instructions. The new version number is 93.0.4577.82.
Google wasn’t the only company with security issues in the news: Apple released a new update for all of its current products on the same day Google announced this patch. The company revealed that there is an active zero-click iMessage bug that can infect an iPhone, iPad, Apple Watch, or Mac without the user having to do anything. Make sure to update your Apple products to the most recent software version if you haven’t already.