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How to Update Chromebooks and Chrome OS: Protect Yourself from ZombieLoad

ZombieLoad, a bug in every Intel CPU since 2011, opens many PCs, Macs and Chromebooks to attack from spyware. Fortunately, all you need to do to protect yourself is to update your Chromebook, or at least make sure the latest available updates are installed.

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Because Chromebooks often update themselves in the background, without you knowing, your system may already be prepared for the creepily-named flaw. But if, for some reason it isn't, the good news it that it only takes 10 steps to update Chrome OS machines.

How to update Chromebooks 

1. Click the bottom right corner of the Chrome OS desktop.

2. Select the Settings icon.

4. Click About Chrome.

5. Click Check for updates.

6. Now you'll see if your Chromebook is up to date or not!

7. If your Chromebook isn't up to date, it will download the available update.

8. Once it finishes, you'll see an arrow icon in the bottom right corner of the desktop:

9. To apply the update, click the arrow icon and select Restart to Update.

10. Your Chromebook will update itself as it restarts.

Henry is a senior writer at Laptop Mag, covering security, Apple and operating systems. Prior to joining Laptop Mag — where he's the self-described Rare Oreo Expert — he reviewed software and hardware for TechRadar Pro, and interviewed artists for Patek Philippe International Magazine. You can find him at your local pro wrestling events, and wondering why Apple decided to ditch its MagSafe power adapters.