Browsers

Google Pushes Out Another Chrome Update

This is the second update in a little over a week. This updates covers Windows, Mac and Linux and address a single high-severity security flaw. “Google is aware of reports that an exploit for CVE-2022-4262 exists in the wild,” the search giant said in a security advisory published on Friday. According to Google, the new version has started rolling out to users in the Stable Desktop channel, and it will reach the entire user base within a matter of days or weeks. Users can check for updates via Chrome menu > Help > About Google Chrome. via Bleeping Computer

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Google News

Still trying to get caught up with the postings after last week’s holiday break. We have a couple items from Google in regards to their Chrome browser and Android (mobile) operating system. Google pushes emergency Chrome update to fix 8th zero-day in 2022. This update was pushed out late Thursday so most users if they have already restarted Chrome will already have the newest patched version. If you are in doubt click the three dots in the upper right and go to Help > About Google Chrome.  If your Google Chrome is up to date you will see the below…

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More Troubles for Android and Apple

It seems like nearly every week the UK or EU are investigating Apple Inc. 147,81 -0,50 -0,34% and/or Google Inc. 100,83 -0,45 -0,44% Android for being ‘anti-competitive’. Earlier this year, the UK’s Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) was looking into further investigating Google and Apple’s dominance in the mobile phone market “Many UK businesses and web developers tell us they feel that they are being held back by restrictions set by Apple and Google,” said the CMA’s interim chief executive, Sarah Cardell in a statement. “We plan to investigate whether the concerns we have heard are justified and, if so,…

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Have You Tried Restarting?

It is a running Tech Support joke: The user is asked if they have restarted their device. It is recommended you restart your devices (phones, tablets, music players and even PC’s) at least once a week. The 2-5 minutes it takes for the device to restart will save you a lot of time in the future with the increased performance. This is even more important for PC’s. A little background: Last week as I normally do towards the end of the week I pre-order our weekend pizza on Dominos. However, this time around Chrome refused to load the site and…

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Beware installing Extensions outside of Chrome Web Store

A new malicious Google Chrome and Microsoft Edge browser botnet named ‘Cloud9’ is infecting systems across the world. Users are unknowingly installing this botnet via malicious extensions downloaded from outside the Chrome Web Store. More commonly, users are blinding installing an update to Adobe Flash Player via malicious and faske pop-up when visiting certain none-reputable sites. A reminder, In case you were not aware Adobe ended support for Flash Player nearly 2-years ago on December 30, 2020.  Also, Google Chrome had its own built-in Flash Player support which did not require the user to install any plugins. The malicious Chrome…

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Mozilla Addresses Firefox Crashing Issue with Windows 11 22H2

Mozilla on Monday, October 31st pushed out an updated to Firefox (106.0.3). This update addresses an odd crash/freeze Firefox users were experiencing when copying text using Windows 11 devices where the Suggested Actions clipboard feature is enabled. The issue impacts Firefox users running Microsoft’s latest OS release, Windows 11, version 22H2, where this new feature is enabled by default. “The browser freezes for a period of time (over 20 seconds), during which the entire window (chrome, viewport) is unresponsive to user input,” the user filed five months ago reads. “Video and animation appears to continue playing. After a while, the browser…

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Chrome Ending Windows 7 & 8.1 Support Next Year

Well, we knew this was bound to happen: Google Inc. 100,83 -0,45 -0,44% has announced starting with Chrome version 110 (expected release early February 2023) the browser will no longer be supported on machines running Windows 7 or 8.1. Users will need to be running Windows 10 or newer in order to use the newer versions of Chrome. Google’s decision to drop support for these platforms matches Microsoft’s Windows lifecycle policy, which lists the Extended Security Update (ESU) program for Windows 7 and the Windows 8.1 end of support on January 10, 2023. Currently, Windows 7 is still running on over 10% of all…

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Google Inc. 100,83 -0,45 -0,44% has been fined yet again for ‘anti-competitive practices’ with its Android mobile OS. This time around it is India which is their largest market by user base. The commission has slapped Google with a small $162 million fine. I say small as Google’s MONTHLY revenue works out to be around $21.5 Billion. The Competition Commission of India found the following in their investigations: Google has perpetuated its dominant position in the online search market resulting in denial of market access for competing search apps in contravention of Section 4(2)(c) of the Act. Google has leveraged…

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Updates to Google Chrome for Android

On Tuesday, October 18th Google Inc. 100,83 -0,45 -0,44% has released an updated version of Chrome for Android. This update focuses mostly on User Interface and Quality of Life improvements with tabs in the Android version of the browser. However, this update does not include the desktop feature Tab Groups. This feature will be added to the Android version of Chrome, just not with this release. Google has turned its attention to tablets with today’s Chrome on Android update, which focuses on improving tab navigation. The update introduces a side-by-side tab design that makes swapping open pages easier, and an…

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Is Chrome Unsafe?

Google Inc. 100,83 -0,45 -0,44% Chrome is the most popular browser amongst non-mobile users. With that being said so far in 2022 there have been a lot of vulnerabilities (303 to be exact). Yes, that is a lot. However, given Chrome is the most popular browser it is only natural hackers/scammers are going to go out of their way to find exploits to maximize their profits. This is the same reason Microsoft Corporation 255,02 +0,33 +0,13% Window’s has always been the primary target for OS exploits because of the larger user base. When the World Wide Web took off in…

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