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Here’s How Google is Tackling Its In-The-Wild Vulnerabilities Problem

Browsers are the sole way in which a lot of people are able to access the internet at least on their personal computers, and that obviously means that browser security is of paramount importance. Companies like Google often focus a fair bit on making their browsers more secure because of the fact that this is the sort of thing that could potentially end up protecting users from hackers that would try to exploit vulnerabilities in order to steal private information or alternatively gain access to their systems.

Any vulnerability that hackers are currently using to commit various kinds of cybercrimes is called an “in the wild” exploit, and Google has far too many of those at this precise moment in time. With all of that having been said and now out of the way, it is important to note that Google has had a record number of such exploits in the past few years, and that is something that is concerning for most people out there right now.

One thing to keep in mind is that it’s highly likely that these exploits are not increasing in number, but rather Google is being more transparent about them. This is by no means certain, but there is as chance that an increased level of transparency is leading to more of these exploits becoming common knowledge while previously they might have been fixed without too much attention with all things having been considered and taken into account.

The increased market for Chrome and other Chromium based browsers is also something that could contribute to an increase in such exploits. Google is trying to tackle this by bringing down exploit fixing times to 18 days instead of 35. Cutting the response time in half is crucial since it means that fewer people would end up being impacted by these exploits in the long run.

Google is also adding a few checks that will analyze the browser and make sure that all running processes are secure enough. This could make Chrome a heavier browser on your system but that’s an exchange that many would be willing to make.



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