Using an older version of Google Chrome? Your Gmail security could be at risk

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If you are a Gmail user that runs an older version of Google Chrome, you could be at greater risk from security problems, Google has warned.

Google has confirmed that by the end of 2017, a number of older versions of Google Chrome will no longer support Gmail.

Google has said that Gmail support will be dropped from Chrome 53 and earlier versions and that users should update as soon as possible.

From Wednesday [Feb 8] anyone who uses Gmail on Chrome 53 or earlier will see a banner appear at the top of their page warning them to update their browser.

Google announced the changes via a post on its official blog:

“Starting February 8, 2017, we will show a banner at the top of the Gmail interface for users who are still on Google Chrome Browser v53 and below to encourage upgrading to the latest version of Chrome, currently on version 55.

“Gmail users that are still on Windows XP and Windows Vista are the most likely to be affected, because v49 was the last released version which supported those operating systems.

“Chrome Browser v55 contains several important security updates.”

While Gmail will continue to work on the versions mentioned above until the end of the year, if you use it after support has ended your Gmail will be more vulnerable to security risks.

You may also not be able to use all of Gmail’s features and could be redirected to the basic HTML version.

The best advice is to ensure you are always using the most up to date version of Google Chrome or any other software or application.

Last week Google announced the release of the latest update to its Chrome web browser.

The new update is almost 28 percent faster at loading web pages then previous versions, Google said.

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