NOTICE: Check Chrome for pending updates

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

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Summary

Updates to Google Chrome normally happen in the background when you close and reopen Chrome. If you seldom close and reopen Chrome, you may be missing important security updates. Check the icon in the upper right corner of any Chrome window to see if updates are pending. If there are pending updates, install them.

Problem

Some Chrome updates require that you quit and reopen Chrome to take effect. People who go for long periods of time without closing Chrome may be missing important security updates. This leaves Chrome vulnerable to possible exploitation.

Affected Versions

Google Chrome web browser

Action Items

Check for pending updates. If you leave your Chrome web browser open for long periods of time (a week or more), periodically check the icon in the upper right corner to see if updates are pending:

Three dots (more) 

   Three dots: No updates pending that require a Chrome restart.

Green arrow icon.   Green arrow: An update requiring a Chrome restart has been available for two days

Orange arrow icon in Chrome.   Orange arrow: An update requiring a Chrome restart has been available for four days.

Red arrow icon in Chrome   Red arrow: An update requiring a Chrome restart has been available for seven days.

Install pending updates. Click the green, orange, or red arrow. Then, from the pop-up menu that appears, select Update Google Chrome.

In general, the best protection for your devices is this: keep your software and apps up-to-date, do not click suspicious links in email, do not open shared documents or email attachments unless you are expecting them and trust the person who sent them, and only use secure, trusted networks.

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