Vulnerabilities in both Google Chrome and Windows 7 are being actively exploited by criminals in order to compromise computers.

Google have recently released a very important update after finding a vulnerability in its Chrome browser.

According to Google, criminals are actively exploiting flaws that exist in both Google Chrome and Windows 7. The flaws when combined allow criminals to compromise computers, helping them steal personal data and spy on victims.

Google have taken this flaw very seriously, with one engineer tweeting “Seriously, update your Chrome installs…like right this minute,”.

Unlike most updates for Chrome, this update required the browser to be shut down and restarted for the patch to take effect. Proving once more how vital this update really is.

Microsoft have said that they are also working on a fix for its Windows 7 Operating System, which is used by millions of machines despite being almost 10 years old.

Microsoft have planned to end support for Windows 7 at the beginning of 2020, meaning that computers running Windows 7 will no longer receive important security updates.

What you need to do…

Computers running Windows 7 need to be kept consistently up to date in order to receive the important security updates. Anyone who uses the Google Chrome browser should also be checking for updates to ensure they have the patch installed.

Installing the patches for Chrome and Windows 7 are only temporary fixes. With 2020 edging closer, it’s vital all Windows 7 users plan to upgrade to Windows 10. Computers that continue to run on Windows 7 in 2020 will no longer receive important security updates and therefor be at risk.