You Should Probably Update Google Chrome Immediately

Google has issued a patch for a high-severity zero-day vulnerability that is being exploited in the wild right now.
Conor Cawley

Nothing better than a friendly reminder to keep your tech up to date, as Google has issued an update to fix a pretty serious security bug that has the potential to cause some notable problems for users.

The importance of updating software on a regular basis cannot be overstated. From security patches to added features, these updates may be a hassle, but they can save you a serious headache if any security threats come your way.

In that vein, you might want to update your Google Chrome browser as soon as possible, as the company released a statement about a security bug that could leave users vulnerable.

Google Issues Update for Desktop

In a statement on the company's blog, Google announced that it was launching an update for the Chrome browser for desktop that will patch a high-severity zero-day vulnerability — which they refer to as CVE-2022-0609 throughout the blog — that could be affecting users.

The tech giant didn't go into much detail about the security issue, other than classifying it as “Use after free in Animation” and noting to users that the company “is aware of reports that an exploit for CVE-2022-0609 exists in the wild.” As for getting more information, the company is playing things close to the chest until its users are safe.

“Access to bug details and links may be kept restricted until a majority of users are updated with a fix.”

While there isn't much information, it's safe to say that updating Google Chrome swiftly is your best course of action.

How to Update Google Chrome

When security bugs come knocking, the last thing you want to be is unprepared. Fortunately, updating your Google Chrome browser is extremely easy and will keep you protected from any nefarious actors that may be after your personal information.

Simply open up Chrome on your desktop and, at the top right of the window, click More. Then navigate to the Help button and click About Google Chrome. Once you're there, just click Update Google Chrome and you'll be on your way! Note: if you can't find that button, you're up to date.

Even better, if you don't have time for those quick steps, you're in luck! Google Chrome typically updates automatically on a regular basis, so there's a chance you're already protected from this security vulnerability, and there's nothing to worry about. Still, it's probably worth taking a quick look to make sure you aren't at risk.

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Conor is the Senior Writer for Tech.co. For the last six years, he’s covered everything from tech news and product reviews to digital marketing trends and business tech innovations. He's written guest posts for the likes of Forbes, Chase, WeWork, and many others, covering tech trends, business resources, and everything in between. He's also participated in events for SXSW, Tech in Motion, and General Assembly, to name a few. He also cannot pronounce the word "colloquially" correctly. You can email Conor at conor@tech.co.

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