Chrome users have been warned as Google revealed 30 new security flaws, including seven that pose a ‘high’ threat. The tech firm has warned billions of users that the browser has been successfully targeted by hackers.
Google announced Chrome was successfully hacked, revealing 30 security flaws.
Seven of those flaws are considered ‘high’ risk to users and affects Windows, macOS, and Linux.
The browser will automatically update within a few days and users can manually update it now if wanted.
It is unclear who hacked the firm, and whether any users’ security was put at risk.
Further hack details are currently being restricted by the company ‘until a majority of users are updated with a fix.’
‘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,’ the company also said.
Users can manually update their browsers through the settings features, but Chrome will automatically update within a few days.
The same goes for anything that is seven or eight characters but made up of just numbers or lower case letters.
But the news doesn’t get much better for any eight-character combination.
In fact, they can all be guessed in about 39 minutes according to US cybersecurity company Hive Systems, which is based in Richmond, Virginia.
On the flip side, the way to guarantee that your password won’t be cracked for some 438 trillion years is to use 18 characters made up of numbers, upper- and lower-case letters and symbols.