Are you positive that your browser is secure? Make sure you’re upgraded to the latest version!
I know, upgrading your operating system is a pain. Your programs have to be reinstalled, you have to relearn the quirks of a new operating system, and it just takes so much more time and money than you allocate.
Well, if you’ve been putting it off and rely on Gmail, you’re going to free up some budget and block out the weekend, because as of next Wednesday, February 8, Google will no longer support Gmail on anything other than the latest, greatest version of the Chrome browser: version 55.
Of course, nothing in that alert says that you have to stop using Gmail. In fact Gmail will still work in older versions of the Chrome Browser through December of this year. So why is this so important? Because it means that, for users still on Windows XP and Windows Vista, accessing Gmail on the last supported version of Chrome for their OS, version 49, opens up their Gmail to security vulnerabilities.
Chrome is updated on a regular basis to stay ahead of hackers. Every version brings new tweaks to ensure that your data stays secure. This announcement is Google’s warning that they can no longer guarantee your safety if you use Gmail without at least version 55. Think of it as unclipping from line when you’re in the middle of a 1,000 foot ascent. You can technically do it; but it’s not recommended if you like to keep all your inside parts, well, inside.
So what can you do?
If you’re on Windows XP or Vista, consider upgrading (you really should anyway, as those operating systems are rife with unsupported programs at this point and highly vulnerable). If you don’t want to move up to Windows 7 or 10, you might even want to take a look at a Chromebook. Especially if you mainly use your computer as an internet communication device, it’s a surefire way to ensure that all of your Google data is as secure as it can possibly be.
Bob made sure that his Chrome Browser was updated to version 55. Be like Bob. (Image Credit: Anthony Karcz)