Chrome Users: Beware of Fake Update Alerts
As people across the globe eagerly await up-to-date news about COVID-19, cyber attackers are now exploiting news blogs and corporate websites to deliver malware, a form of malicious software that can overtake a user’s system if installed.
This specific form of malware targets Google Chrome users and appears to be innocent at first glance. Users visiting the hacked news or corporate website will be redirected to a page that closely mimics the Google Chrome Updates page and prompts the user to download updates for Chrome. Once downloaded, the malicious software goes under the radar of antivirus systems and allows the attacker to remotely access and control the infected computer.
If a Chrome update pops up after visiting a blog or news site, think twice before clicking the download button!
- Update Directly Through Google Chrome
According to Google’s support page, Google Chrome updates normally happen automatically when you close and reopen your computer’s browser. If your settings restrict automatic updates, be sure that you are only updating directly through Google Chrome.
For information about how to update Google Chrome, visit https://support.google.com/chrome/answer/95414?co=GENIE.Platform%3DDesktop&hl=en
- Use Safe Browsing Techniques
In these unprecedented times, it’s more important than ever to ensure that you are educated on safe browsing techniques to stay conscious of any potential threats that may come your way. Recommended link: https://www.us-cert.gov/ncas/tips/ST07-001