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Security BUZZ - Beware of Fake Browser Updates!

  • 1.  Security BUZZ - Beware of Fake Browser Updates!

    Posted 06-14-2024 09:05

    The old new threat is circling around tricking users into downloading and installing an info stealer as a fake Google Chrome browser update. These fake updates often look real and can lead to serious security breaches. The infostealer is a type of malware that allows attackers to remotely access and control the victim's computer and steal sensitive information like passwords and credit cards.

    The scam starts when a user visits a compromised website that secretly redirects them to a fake update page. If the user downloads and opens the file, harmful software is installed on their computer.

    Key takeaways:

    1. Stay Vigilant: If you encounter an update prompt while browsing, maintain a healthy dose of skepticism. Genuine updates are typically delivered by the browser, not random web pages.
    2. Check the Source: Always check the source of the prompt. If it's not from a trusted site, it's best to avoid it.
    3. Use Antivirus Software: Good antivirus software can detect and block many types of malware. Keep your antivirus software updated for the best protection.
    4. Maintain browser hygiene: All browsers are updated with the operating system (Edge with Windows, Safari with MacOS, Chrome with ChromeOS) or set to auto-update by default. It is rare-to-never you have to download and install the browser manually. One of the use cases may be a major version upgrade, especially if you are one or two versions behind. Regardless, your first stop would be a browser vendor website if that is ever the case.

    Remember, it's a wild web out there. Stay informed, stay skeptical, and be safe.


    Genady Vishnevetsky
    Chief Info Security Officer
    Stewart Title Guaranty Company
    Houston TX
    ALTA Marketplace