Do you use a Mac and run Google Chrome for Mac as your browser of choice? Then update it right away.
The update fixes a security hole in Google Chrome for Mac that would let a malicious attacker harm your computer if you went to a specifically coded website meant to take advantage of the vulnerability.
Google rates the vulnerability with its HIGH designation, meaning it is severe and needs updating quickly. Here’s how to fix the problem.
Open Chrome and click on Chrome in the menu bar at the top left of the screen. Then choose Preferences. You could also use the keyboard shortcut COMMAND+, (that’s a comma).
Now click on the About Chrome link in the lower left corner of the Settings page (#1 above) and then look at the status of the updater (#2 above). If you turned on Automatically update Chrome for all users, then it will automatically download this update. Click on Relaunch (#3 above) when it finishes downloading the update.
On other computers, users can find the Google Chrome settings in the menu found at the right end of the toolbar with the URL bar, as seen above. Click the Menu button (three vertical dots) and then click on Settings.
Should You Use Google Chrome or Safari as Your Mac Browser?
Security problems like this seem frequent in Google Chrome on the Mac. That leads many to wonder if they should use Safari instead.
Prefernce dictates which browser you should use. The options include…
Safari – it’s built into macOS and seems a little more security pulse you can blog ads and use a user-friendly reading view more easily. There aren’t as many plugins, which means it may come with more security but less functionality. Also, pages sometimes don’t load as well.
Google Chrome – users can customize it with a larger collection of plugins and features, making it more vulnerable. The browser software itself seems to come with more security issues lately. It works better with a larger percentage of websites than Safari. I’ve seen more problems with Safari lately.
Firefox – also comes with a lot of plugins and greater speed, but sometimes suffers because websites don’t test for Firefox compatibility due to how unpopular it is.
Others to consider – Brave, Opera, Edge Chromium (yes that Edge).
Dr. Kevin Purcell is pastor of High Peak Baptist Church, an author and writer at Church Tech Today (www.churchtechtoday.com). He used to write for a number of other Christian and secular technology and mobile tech sites. Now he's one of the hosts of the Theotek Podcast, which you can find by checking the menu above or over at www.facebook.com/theotekpodcast.