If anyone in your law firm is using Google’s Chrome browser then it is important that you update it to the newest version immediately. This is also true for other browsers which are based of the Chromium engine, which powers Chrome. I’ll explain all this, in layperson terms, momentarily. The big thing to be aware of is that a major security risk in Chromium based browsers is actively being exploited. So unless, you want to open yourself up to a major security issue, run the simple update process which I’ll explain below.
Google has announced that a security bug was found in the previous version of Chromium which allows for certain file access and potentially for your online activity to be tracked and, more importantly, for bad actors to gain escalated privileges on your machine. This is what is known as a “zero day” vulnerability. In other words, the risks are not hypothetical. There are individuals, right now, exploiting this bug on machines which run Chrome or any Chromium derivative.
To put it in simple terms, Chromium is the open source software on which Chrome is based. Several other browsers use this same foundation. As such, it is important that you update any of these browsers you may be using. Some of the more popular browsers, based on Chromium, include Brave, Vivaldi, Opera, and others.
To update your browser simply open your menu (at the far right side of the toolbar). Scroll down to where it says “about Chrome” (or whatever derivative you’re using). You will then see a dialogue box telling you whether you are running the most recent version of the browser. The updating process, if you are not using the most recent version, is self-explanatory.
To give you an idea of how important this update is, one of Google’s chief security engineers has said that people need to update their browsers “like right this minute.” So go do it.