Due to a security vulnerability, Google is urging users of their Chrome web browser to update to the latest version. As the article mentions in the first link below, Chrome updates are usually automatically performed.
To see the current version of Chrome on a Mac, you can access the Chrome menu in the top left while in the browser and choose “About Google Chrome”. The second of two links below explains how to check if on a Windows-based PC.
This is another example of ensuring that your software is kept up to date.
Hackers are utilizing the file type “.exe” to unload malicious software onto MacOS powered computers. As the article linked below mentions, by default, .exe files won’t run on a Mac. The malicious download worked around this limitation by bundling the .exe file with a free framework known as Mono. Mono allows Windows executables to run on MacOS, Android, and a variety of other operating systems.
Users should be cautious of downloading any software from insecure resources such as Torrent sites. Torrent sites provide users with the ability to download any type of software, movies, games, etc, which leads to a “Wild West” scenario, where all bets are off with the type of files that you’re actually downloading.
It’s also wise to ensure children are not accessing these sites either, and to block access to Torrent resources on company networks.
A quick summary from the article of steps to take in regards to browser extensions that can be installed for Chrome and other similar Web browsers:
- Don’t install software that you cannot read and asks for intrusive permissions.
- If something seems off, it probably is. Evaluate what might cause your user journey to change.
- Periodically evaluate what extensions you have on your browser — remove those you don’t use anymore.
- If you have an extension on your browser that you use, seek an open-source version/alternative or disable automatic updates from the Chrome store — make sure you audit the code or find someone reliable and trustworthy to.