If you're using the most popular Web browser, Google's Chrome, listen up. Now's the time to update, as the most recent version of the browser patched nine security bugs, ranging from "medium" to "high" risk.
This month, "external researchers," or what some would call "hackers," have found a pretty decent amount of flaws within Google's browser, Chrome this month - about $14,000 worth, paid out by the Chrome Rewards Program, launched in 2010.
The $14,000 bounty was paid out to five different researchers, for problems such as an “out-of-bounds write in Blink vulnerability," “Memory corruption in cross-process frames,” “address bar spoofing issue," and “use-after-free in extensions” security flaw.
Details about the actual security flaws that were fixed are scarce, and that's by design. Google notes that it won't release those details until enough browsers are updated, to prevent any new hacks taking advantage of people not updating.
How to update
For most people, closing and re-opening Chrome will be enough to install the updates. However, if you want to update manually, or check that you have the most recent version, you can do that, too.
In Chrome, click the icon with the three horizontal lines in the upper-right corner. Go to Help>>About Google Chrome. The most updated version is 50.0.2661.94.
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