GOOGLE is urging its two billion Chrome users to update their browsers – or risk getting hacked.
The first round of upgrades to the web browser for 2022 fixes dozens of vulnerabilities found by researchers, including one listed as "critical".
Each point of exposure leaves your browser defenceless against cyber crooks, who are after your logins and financial data.
The critical vulnerability found by Google, for instance, could be exploited to gain control over a victim's system, the tech titan said in a blog post.
The update known as Chrome 97 is rolling out now to users across the globe.
"The Chrome team is delighted to announce the promotion of Chrome 97 to the stable channel for Windows, Mac and Linux," Google said.
"This will roll out over the coming days/weeks."
The firm listed 37 vulnerabilities uncovered by researchers and "white hat" hackers – those who use their skills to warn companies of potential exploits.
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Among those, one was categorised as "critical", while ten were deemed to be of "high" severity.
As is standard practice for the company, Google did not detail precisely how the exploits could be used by hackers.
This is to ensure that crooks are prevented from using them to attack Chrome users before they've had a chance to 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."
To update Chrome on your computer, open the Google Chrome browser and click the More icon (three vertical dots) in the top right.
Click Update Google Chrome. If that option isn't there, it means you're already using the latest version.
Google regularly rolls out updates to Chrome as its teams of researchers discover or are informed of vulnerabilities that could expose users.
The software renovations also introduce new features and fix bugs and other issues.
In November, Google issued a warning to Chrome users to update the browser after the company discovered 25 new threats in the space of two weeks.
In a new blog post published on November 15, Google labelled seven of the 25 vulnerabilities as "high level" threats.
According to the search engine giant, Linux, macOS, and Windows users were all affected by the threats and needed to take immediate action.
It followed a similar alert in October warning users of "multiple high-level hacks of [the] browse."
In a post, the tech giant advised its 2.6billion users to be aware, revealing four "high" rated vulnerabilities.
Google's threat analysis group (TAG) said hackers "created malformed code signatures" that allowed them to attack Windows PCs.
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