Why This Matters
Keeping your browser up to date is always a good idea, but perhaps even more so when the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Cyber Infrastructure agency publishes a note about it. The vulnerabilities addressed by the update potentially allowed a bad actor to take over your system via the Chrome browser. Update now.
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What They Said: The note encourages users and system administrators to review the Chrome release notes (80.0.3987.116) and update the browser software right away.
The Big Picture: Chances are your Chrome browser has updated itself. It’s easy to check, though, via the More (three dot) menu in the upper right corner of the browser window, under the Help/About Google Chrome item.
Behind the Scenes: Google’s release notes specify five security updates addressed by the update. The CISA announcement notes that one of them “addresses vulnerabilities that an attacker could exploit to take control of an affected system.”
The Bottom Line: Making sure your web browser is up to date is paramount to your own computer security; checking for updates and performing them in a timely manner is the best way to keep your system secure.