Updating numerous apps and devices on a consistent basis may seem like a pain, but putting it off can significantly affect your online safety. Beginning next week, those using an outdated version of Google's popular browser will want to learn how to update Chrome to keep their personal information safe and secure. According to a post from this week on Google's blog, Gmail will no longer be supporting old versions of Chrome after Feb. 8; those who put off the update will be "more vulnerable to security risks," as well as unable to access "new features or bug fixes." If not for security's sake, update your browser for all the glorious Gchat Easter Eggs!
While Gmail will continue to load on the old Chrome browsers until December 2017, it's best not to procrastinate on this one. As of Feb. 8, a banner will appear at the top of Chrome's Gmail interface prompting users to update to the latest version of the browser — version 55. The message will only be visible to those using version 53 or below, so if you've updated Chrome recently, you've got nothing to worry about.
Google warns that those running Windows XP and Windows Vista will be most affected by this change and possibly face "known security risks," as Chrome hasn't supported those particular systems since version 49 was released in spring of 2016. Windows doesn't even support those old operating systems, as it turns out, so this news should be a good wake up call for anyone still using XP or Vista.
No matter what system you use, it's a good idea to take a few minutes and follow this step-by-step guide of how to update Chrome and keep your browser "fast, secure, and free."