For many millions of people around the world, the Chrome web browser is quite possibly their most important piece of software. As a percentage of time spent staring at a computer screen, a large number of people are looking at content served up on the web and a growing number of the same people are using the Chrome web browser instead of other available browsers. It came as quite a shock to Chrome users, and the rest of the world that a huge unprecedented debilitating security vulnerability was discovered and released to the public this week – namely Meltdown and Spectre.
Utterly scary things can be accomplished with this vulnerability, and we will be spending many years attempting to clean up the huge mess that this vulnerability has the potential to cause. Cybersecurity Pro’s have their work cutout for them, and thankfully, Chrome users have a simple configuration change that can help to mitigate the effects of the spectre vulnerability.
So, here it is:
- Open Chrome
- Go to this URL: chrome://flags/#enable-site-per-process
- Click “enable” on “Strict site isolation.”
- Restart Chrome
That’s it! Pretty simple, but it can help to mitigate many potential attacks that could come from the web to exploit your data through the Chrome web browser. There are already many patches in the works for future versions of Chrome web browser, so hopefully this will only be a temporary workaround.