Google Chrome, Firefox most vulnerable, Apple Safari safest, says report

    Google Chrome has been reported as the most vulnerable browser of 2022 so far! Should you worry? Know what Chrome users should do.
    By: HT TECH
    | Updated on: Oct 07 2022, 17:43 IST
    Stay safe from viruses, hackers NOW! Just follow these 5 safety tips
    Keep your device updated
    1/5 Keep your device updated- You should always keep your device updated with the latest software updates. Every time you get a notification regarding the updates from your device manufacturer or operating system provider, make sure you download it. The updates especially related to your internet browser should also be taken care of. You should also keep updating important apps regularly as the updates can bring new features to protect your privacy. (Pixabay)
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    2/5 Install antivirus software- Having antivirus software installed in your device is a must. It not only protects you from harmful viruses, spyware, but also alerts you about and other threats. It can be known that hackers, viruses can access your device via advertisements, wrong click, among others. (Pixabay)
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    3/5 Strong password- Passwords can protect your device from unauthorized accesses. You should avoid keeping easy to guess passwords to lock your device like your name, date of birth, mobile number, among others. In order to make your password strong, you should use special characters, numbers, both upper and lower case alphabets. (Pixabay)
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    4/5 Don't share card details on random shopping websites- There are several apps that let you shop online. However, you need to check the authenticity of the websites and apps before entering your credit card number or providing any other personal information there. You can read the privacy policy and other details carefully before placing an order. (Pixabay)
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    5/5 Don't click on suspicious links- You should always avoid clicking on random links, like the one you see while browsing the internet, apps, among others. Hackers and fraudsters also send fake emails or messages asking you to click on certain links. But you are advised not to fall for such phishing attacks and crosscheck the official website before taking any action. (Pixabay)
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    Google Chrome users need to be careful as it ha been named as the most vulnerable browser of 2022. (Pixabay)

    Google Chrome has emerged on the top of a list, but not for a good reason! According to a new report by Atlas VPN, the world's most popular browser, Google Chrome, has been named as the one with the most reported vulnerabilities- 303 vulnerabilities discovered year to date. This data is based on the vulnerability database recorded from January 1-October 5, 2022. Shockingly, among many browsers, Google Chrome is the only one with new vulnerabilities in the initial five days of October, which includes CVE-2022-3318, CVE-2022-3314, CVE-2022-3311, CVE-2022-3309, and CVE-2022-3307.

    After Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox is at the second place with 117 vulnerabilities, followed by the Microsoft Edge which had 103 vulnerabilities as of October 5. It marks 61 percent more than the entire year of 2021. Next on the list is Apple Safari, which has some of the lowest levels of vulnerabilities on the list. The report mentioned that in the first three quarters of 2022, it only had 26 vulnerabilities. Since the release of Safari, the cumulative vulnerabilities stands at 1139. Surprisingly, the Opera browser hadn't reported any vulnerabilities so far in 2022.

    "While quite different in features, Google Chrome, Microsoft Edge, and Opera are all built on the Chromium engine. It means that Chromium vulnerabilities may impact all of these browsers," atlasVPN report mentioned.

    What should Chrome users do?

    • You should keep your browser up to date. However, it is true that developers usually address it while releasing the patches. Installing browser updates will help you to lessen the chances of hacking. You will need to update your Google Chrome version 106.0.5249.61.
    • The report advises users to be careful when choosing plug-ins. “While convenient, browser-plugins can also have vulnerabilities or, even worse — be malicious. Choose browser plug-ins only from reliable providers, and always ensure the latest updates are installed,” the report mentioned.
    • Keep an eye on the phishing attacks. Hackers usually use phishing techniques to distribute exploiting kits to implant vulnerabilities in your browser. It is advised to not open emails or messages from unknown senders. Also, never click on links or open attachments which seem malicious.

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    First Published Date: 07 Oct, 17:33 IST
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