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Whatever you do, don't type these 16 characters into Google Chrome

Whatever you do, don't type these 16 characters into Google Chrome
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Here's a very weird software bug. It's not a security glitch, and it probably wouldn't affect you if you didn't know about it. There's a secret 16-character code that will crash Chrome if you type it in or even hover your mouse over it.

See what the code is (don't worry, we've made it safe for you to see) and learn how it works below.

The strange little flaw was originally discovered by Andris Atteka who released his own statement about the issue.

"It seems to be crashing in some very old code. In the Debug build, it’s hitting a DCHECK on an invalid URL in GURL, deep in some History code. Given that it’s hitting a CHECK in the Release build, I don’t think this is actually a security bug, but I’m going to leave it as such," Atteka explained on his blog.

That's an extremely tech-y way to say that the bug isn't a big deal but it can be a pain if left untreated. Hackers can't use this to get information or steal identities but it can be annoying if you ever stumble across the code or enter it into your search bar.

Your Chrome Web pages will crash and you'll need to shut down the entire program and restart it to get it working again.

Below is the 16-digit code in an image file so hovering over it and clicking on the image won't cause your Internet to crash. Keep an eye out for the following text so you won't have to deal with rebooting your Chrome pages.

Chrome Crash Code:

These 16 characters crash Google Chrome VentureBeat Security by Emil Protalinski

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