Update your Google Chrome NOW to fix 'major security hole' being used by hackers
GOOGLE Chrome users are being warned to update immediately after cybercriminals were spotted actively exploiting a security flaw.
The flaw was reported as an "object lifecycle issue in audio" and Google has just released a fix.
The issue was initially spotted by Alison Huffman from the Microsoft Browser Vulnerability Research team back in February.
Google labelled it as a high risk security vulnerability.
The tech giant didn't release further details about how the flaw is being exploited or who by.
It won't want to encourage any other hackers to take advantage of the situation.
Google has been able to release a patch for the problem and its Chrome 89.0.4389.72 contains a number of other fixes.
The update will fix 47 flaws in total, including another seven that are deemed to be high-severity problems.
Google said: "Access to bug details and links may be kept restricted until a majority of users are updated with a fix.
"We will also retain restrictions if the bug exists in a third-party library that other projects similarly depend on, but haven't yet fixed."
It's never a good idea to use flawed software because it could lead to you having your personal data stolen or leave your device vulnerable to viruses.
Chrome and Chrome OS should update automatically if a patch for a security issue is released.
Chrome 89.0.4389.72 has just started rolling out so some users might have to wait a little longer than others to get it.
To double check you're updated you can follow the steps below.
How to update Google Chrome
Follow these steps…
On your computer, open the Google Chrome browser and click the More icon (three vertical dots) in the top right.
Click Update Google Chrome, or if that option isn't there, it means you're already using the latest version.
Once you've updated, click Relaunch.
The browser will save your open tabs and windows and re-open them when it restarts.
You can also restart your browser later on by clicking Not Now.
This will cause the update to be applied the next time you restart your browser.
The More icon will be coloured (1) green if an update has been available for two days, (2) orange if an update has been available for four days, or (3) red if an update has been available for seven days.
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