Google warns billions of Chrome users to install emergency update now – or your device could be ‘hijacked’

GOOGLE has issued an important update to Chrome after discovering a dangerous bug.

The tech giant revealed that the security flaw “exists in the wild” making it the first zero-day vulnerability of 2023.

Expert alerted Google to the serious bug


Expert alerted Google to the serious bugCredit: Getty

It’s been ranked as a “high” risk issue.

Google doesn’t go into the specifics to prevent any hackers from using the information.

The firm only said it was a “Type Confusion in V8”.

This is fairly routine, to give people enough time to install the latest update.

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

“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.”

According to The Register, the flaw could result in your device being hijacked.

An update will be rolled out over the coming days and weeks.

So be sure to install it as soon as it becomes available.

How to update Google Chrome

Updating Google Chrome is easy no matter which device you’re using.

Update Google Chrome on PC

First, open Chrome and then click More in the top-right.

Now click Help > About Google Chrome.

Then choose Update Google Chrome. If there’s no button, it means you’re using the latest version.

Then click relaunch.

Update Google Chrome on Android

On your Android device, open the Google Chrome browser.

Now look at the top and tap More (with three vertical dots).

Then choose Update Chrome.

Restart the Chrome app when you’re prompted to.

Alternatively, you can update Google Chrome through the official Google Play Store.

Update Google Chrome on iPhone & iPad

On your iPhone or iPad, open the App Store.

Then look at the top-right and tap on Profile.

Now scroll down to Available Updates and search for Chrome.

If you can see Chrome, tap Update to install. If this option isn’t available then you’re running the latest version.

You may need to enter your Apple ID password to complete the update.

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Once you’ve done that, the update will download and install.

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