Google Chrome Released an Important Security Fix & Users Should Update

If you receive a notification to update Chrome, don’t dismiss it. Google announced on Thursday that it’s now putting out browser security upgrades to address a vulnerability that is still being exploited in the public. The zero-day vulnerability and patch are for Chrome version 88.0.4324.150 for Mac, Windows, and Linux systems — according to CNET’s sister publication, ZDNet.

Google Chrome Released an Important Security Fix. Users Should Update
Google Chrome Released an Important Security Fix & Users Should Update

According to a post on Google’s security update blog, the information regarding the vulnerability, known as CVE-2021-21148, is being kept under wraps “until a majority of users are updated with a fix.” The secrecy is typical of organizations dealing with ongoing security threats, although Google did say that the defect was being utilized in attacks before it was disclosed to engineers on Jan. 24 by user Mattias Buelens.

Just two days after Buelens alerted Google to the fault, the company’s Threat Analysis Group issued a warning to cybersecurity experts, claiming that North Korean hackers were targeting researchers working on sensitive themes, in part by enticing them to blog sites that exploited a browser flaw.

How to Update Google Chrome

It’s a good idea to verify which version of Chrome you’re running and whether you’re fully updated if you’re using it. You should also consider updating if you’re using the Brave browser or another browser based on Google’s Chromium engine.

Chrome is really simple to update. Just follow these steps.

Google Chrome Released an Important Security Fix & Users Should Update

Open Chrome and look for a green ‘Update’ button beside your three-dot More menu in the top-right corner of the browser window.

After you click Update, you’ll be asked to confirm your selection. Click ‘Relaunch’, and Google will take care of the rest. Keep in mind that this will close and restart your browser, so make sure you’ve saved any work you’re doing before continuing.

Google Chrome Released an Important Security Fix & Users Should Update

How to Check Google Chrome Version

Do you want to know if this has an impact on your browser? It merely takes two clicks to see if you’re running Chrome 88.0.4324.150, which is the version affected by the vulnerability and that should be updated. Here’s how to do it.

Go to the top-left corner of your window in Chrome.

Google Chrome Released an Important Security Fix & Users Should Update

After clicking preferences, you will see information about your current Chrome version and also the security options you have available.

A New Study Shows That Exercising Does Not Lead to Arthritis In the Knee

According to new research from the University of Oxford, there is no reason to link exercise and developing arthritis in the knee. This became evident after a meta-analysis of six global studies with over 5,000 participants, of which some had arthritis in the knee, and some didn’t. They were followed for periods of five to twelve years, and the gathered data showed that adults over 45 were mostly free of risk when it came to recreational activities.

Recreational Exercise, Sport, Running, Cycling, and Swimming Do Not Cause Arthritis of the Knee

A New Study Shows That Exercising Does Not Lead to Arthritis In the Knee While this recent study found that recreational exercise involving cycling, swimming, running, or sports with little to no impact on the knee will not cause arthritis, occupations that involve heavy physical work, whole-body vibration, kneeling, and repetitive movements should be considered risky. The researchers at the University of Oxford have stated that the study was the first of its kind, assessing the relationship between physical exercise, the calories burned during activity, and osteoarthritis.

Osteoarthritis Is the Most Common form of Arthritis Among Adults

Apparently, osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis and is more common in women and people of older age. Obesity is another one of the common risk factors related to the disease. According to Dr. Thomas Perry from the University of Oxford, the recent findings suggest that whole-body, physiological energy expenditure related to sports, walking, and cycling activities is not directly associated with arthritis of the knee. Also, time spent in recreational physical activity should not be associated with incident osteoarthritis.

Arthritis of the KneeNow that scientists know that the time spent doing physical activity and the amount of exercise is not a cause for the development of knee osteoarthritis, clinicians can feel better about prescribing physical activity for health. The evidence can also encourage more people to go out and exercise without worrying about arthritis.

The study from the University of Oxford was published in the journal Arthritis & Rheumatology and accepted for publication after undergoing full peer review.