Do you use Chrome to browse? Hackers can steal your data if you don’t update

Security flaws can appear in all kinds of programs and online services that we use. They are a major problem, because if an attacker exploits them it can lead to theft of personal data, passwords, sneak malware or cause the device to malfunction. In this case, it is Google Chrome , the popular browser, which has a vulnerability for which it has already released an update.

Chrome releases an emergency patch

Chrome to browse? Hackers can steal your data

The CVE-2021-4102 vulnerability has prompted Google Chrome to release an emergency patch for Windows, macOS, and Linux users. This bug affects the Chrome V8 JavaScript engine. This would allow an attacker to execute arbitrary code in browsers without updating.

Although Google has not given more information about it until all users have been able to update, it is known that it is a major security failure. Normally this type of vulnerability can allow the theft of personal data, passwords or serve as a gateway to sneak viruses of all kinds.

Google has released Chrome 96.0.4664.110 update for users to install as soon as possible. This allows to correct the security flaw CVE-2021-4102, although there are still many users who have not implemented this update correctly on their devices.

It must be taken into account that this zero-day vulnerability is not an exception, since so far this year there have been another 15. In all of them patches appear later to correct the problem and that a hypothetical attacker cannot exploit them and access the systems.

How to update Chrome and fix the problem

The only way to be protected against this vulnerability is to have the Google Chrome browser updated. This is highly recommended to apply to any program that we use, since there are many errors that can appear and we need to correct them as soon as possible.

In this case, it is a zero-day vulnerability that affects the Google browser. To solve the problem, you only have to update the program on Windows , macOS or Linux . The process is similar.

The first thing we have to do is click on the menu at the top right (the three dots). Let’s go to Google Chrome Help and Information. There it will show us the version of the browser that we have installed and, if there is a more recent one, the update process will begin.

Actualizar Google Chrome

Once we have updated the browser, we will have to restart it for the changes to take effect. From that moment on we will have the patches installed and the vulnerability corrected. It is something that we must carry out periodically, since these types of errors can appear in many cases.

There are add-ons to improve privacy in Chrome, which can also be a complement to the antivirus that we have installed. At all times we must protect the data when surfing the net, especially when making use of this type of program that can be exposed if a security breach appears at any given time.