Stop what you’re doing and get to updating.
Google is asking all Google Chrome users to immediately update their browser. The search engine giant says that installing the latest version of the browser—72.0.3626.121—fixes a serious ongoing security issue.
Google’s security lead and engineering director, Justin Schuh, took to Twitter to warn users:
Also, seriously, update your Chrome installs… like right this minute. #PSA
— Justin Schuh ? (@justinschuh) March 6, 2019
The issue was found through the Google Threat Analysis Group, which discovered that an exploit for the flaw “exists in the wild.” Simply put, this means that hackers have figured out how to infiltrate the previous version of Google Chrome, which is why updating is so urgent.
Currently, Google is keeping the more intricate details of the security vulnerability under wraps until the majority of users have installed the update. But from what is currently known, the flaw may allow for the installation of malicious code. This can expose your computer to everything from malware to hackers getting your personal information.
If you’re not sure how update your Google Chrome, read this Help Center article that will walk you through the process.