Hackers can use Google Chrome to take control of your PC, but here’s how you can stop them

GOOGLE Chrome users have been put on red alert about a vulnerability that could allow hackers to take complete control of their PC. Luckily, there is a way to protect yourself from this security threat – here’s how.

Google Chrome users should download the latest update to the browser right away to protect themselves from a series of new security threats. The latest patch, which is now available for Google Chrome version 92, is designed to protect users from nine security vulnerabilities in total.

Worryingly, seven of these vulnerabilities are classified as “high risk” by Google. According to the US Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA), one of these high risk vulnerabilities could allow a bad actor “to take control of an affected system”. Yikes.

Gaining control of your computer would allow hackers to copy bank and payment details, lock away crucial files until you pay a ransom, or use your email to propagate malware to more people.

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Thankfully, Google has released a fix… but you need to make sure you’ve downloaded and installed it.

Chrome users need to download and install the 92.0.4515.159 update as soon as possible to fix the issue. All of the issues fixed with the latest Chrome update were recently outlined in a post by Srinivas Sista, who works as the web browser’s technical programme manager.

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