How to update Chrome after Google identifies security issues

FILE – This March 19, 2018, file photo shows the Google app on an iPad in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to correct the nature of the identified security issues.

(NEXSTAR) – Google warned billions of users last week that the security of its Internet browser, Chrome, may have been compromised.

As a result, Google said it would release a new version of Chrome with 29 security fixes. The new version will roll out automatically in “the next few days/weeks,” the company said, but you have the option to update your browser right away.

To update Chrome to its latest version, “Chrome 101.0.4951.41”, in your computer’s browser:

  1. Click on the three dots in the upper right corner of your window.
  2. Click “Settings” which opens a new tab.
  3. Click “About Chrome” from the options on the left rail.
  4. Chrome will start to identify the latest version and install it. When it’s done, you need to finish the update by clicking “Relaunch”. (See photo to the right.)
  5. Chrome will shut down for a few seconds and then reopen the window with the same tabs. You will see confirmation that “Chrome is up to date”.

If you’re using Chrome on an iPhone or iPad, you’ll need to update it differently:

  1. Go to the device’s app store.
  2. Tap on the profile logo at the top right.
  3. Scroll down to see “available updates”.
  4. Find Chrome in the list and tap “UPDATE”.

On an Android phone, you will need to do the following:

  1. Open the Play Store app.
  2. Tap on the profile logo at the top right.
  3. Tap “Manage apps and devices”.
  4. Look for “Available Updates” and then below that, look for Chrome. Tap “Update.”

It is not yet clear if user information may have been compromised, or exactly what kind of information potential hackers might have gotten their hands on. Many Chrome users have their passwords and even payment information saved in the browser.

“Access to bug details and links may be kept restricted until most users are up to date with a fix,” Google said in a blog post detailing the latest security improvements.

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