Today Google released version 38 of its popular Chrome browser, and it contains more critical patches than I've ever seen in a browser update.
Google says Chrome 38 patches 159 vulnerabilities plus another 113 "minor fixes." That's a total of 272 repairs to keep your computer safe! Would you believe Chrome is still the most secure browser around?
While most of us will probably never be the hero who discovers dangerous security holes in widely-used software like Chrome, you might be interested in how Google encourages users to find and report these flaws. The company says it paid over $75,000 in rewards to folks who found and reported potential security dangers.
One sharp-eyed user received Google's largest payout of nearly $28,000. I guess it really does pay to complain - or in this case, report. But for now let's stick with updating.
One of the nice things about Chrome is that it usually updates automatically when it detects a new version is available. However, with an update this important you don't want to take chances; you need to double-check.
Open Chrome and in the upper-right corner click the icon with three horizontal lines. Then select "About Google Chrome."
Look at the string of numbers where it says "Version." It should start with a "38." It if doesn't Chrome should automatically start checking for and installing the update. Once the update is installed, click "Relaunch" to restart the browser.
Of course, there's another way to tell if there's an update waiting. Chrome normally updates when you close and open the browser. If you keep the browser open all the time, it doesn't get that chance.
That's when you'll see the icon with the horizontal lines in the upper right corner start to change color. If you see green that means an update has been available for 2 days, orange - 4 days, and red - 7 or more days.
To apply an available update, just follow the steps below.
- Click the Chrome menu on the browser toolbar.
- Select Update Google Chrome.
- In the confirmation dialog that appears, click Restart. The browser saves your opened tabs and windows and reopens them automatically when it restarts. If you'd prefer not to restart right away, click Not now. The next time you restart your browser, the update will automatically be applied.