Update your browser! A major problem hits Microsoft Edge
Whichever Internet browser you prefer, you should always keep it up to date. This is particularly important this week, as Google’s Chrome and Microsoft’s Edge browsers are vulnerable to exploitation by hackers.
A fix for the security flaw in Chrome was made available the other day. Tap or click here to get the Chrome update. But Edge users also need to keep up to date to prevent their data from falling into the hands of cybercriminals. And you shouldn’t ignore this update, because it fixes a zero-day flaw.
Read on to see how hackers can exploit the flaw and what you can do to stay safe.
Here is the backstory
A zero-day exploit is one of the most dangerous vulnerabilities you can get in any software. Having the zero-day designation means the flaw is known to hackers before it is patched.
The latest issue with Edge receives the designation of CVE-2022-2294 by Microsoft, and the technical description reads: “Heap buffer overflow in WebRTC”. It allows hackers to infiltrate your computer, steal private data and crash applications.
What can you do about it
The best thing to do is to update Edge immediately. Here’s how to update Edge:
- Click on the three horizontal dots at the top right to open a menu of options.
- Hover your cursor over Help and feedback.
- Click on About Microsoft Edge.
As soon as you do, Edge will check for the latest version. If your browser needs to be updated, it will do so automatically. Remember to save your work, as Edge will restart for the changes to take effect.
Microsoft suggests that you set your Edge browser to update automatically without your intervention. Here’s how:
- Open Edge and click Settings and more.
- Then click on About Microsoft Edge.
You will see one of two options. Click on Download and install updates automatically if you have a stable internet connection. If your internet plan is limited, click on Download updates over metered connections.
“Enable any available toggles to always allow automatic update downloads. Note that enabling download updates over metered connections may incur charges if you are connected to a cellular network,” Microsoft explains.
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