How to Update Chrome After Google Identifies Security Issues


FILE – This March 19, 2018 file photo shows the Google app on an iPad in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to correct the nature of the identified security issues.

(NEXSTAR) – Google warned billions of users last week that the security of its Internet browser, Chrome, may have been compromised.

As a result, Google announced that it would release a new version of Chrome with 29 security fixes. The new version will roll out automatically in “the next few days/weeks,” the company said, but you have the option to update your browser immediately.

To update Chrome to its latest version, “Chrome 101.0.4951.41”, on your computer’s browser:

  1. Click on the three dots in the upper right corner of your window.
  2. Click on “Settings”, which opens a new tab.
  3. Click “About Chrome” in the options on the left rail.
  4. Chrome will start identifying the latest version and install it. When done, you must complete the update by clicking “Relaunch”. (See photo at right.)
  5. Chrome will shut down for a few seconds, then reopen the window with all the same tabs. You will see confirmation that “Chrome is up to date”.

If you’re using Chrome on an iPhone or iPad, you’ll need to update it differently:

  1. Go to the device’s app store.
  2. Tap the profile logo in the top right.
  3. Scroll down to see “updates available”.
  4. Find Chrome in the list and tap “UPDATE”.

On an Android phone, you will need to do the following:

  1. Open the Play Store app.
  2. Tap the profile logo in the top right.
  3. Tap “Manage apps and devices”.
  4. Search for “Available updates”, then search for Chrome. Tap “Update”.

It’s not yet clear whether users’ information could have been compromised, or exactly what kind of information would-be hackers could have gotten their hands on. Many Chrome users have their passwords and even payment information saved on the browser.

“Access to bug details and links may be restricted until a majority of users are updated with a fix,” Google said in a statement. blog post detailing the latest security enhancements.


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