Chrome 71 Released With Improved Ad Blocking, Protection Against Billing Scam

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Google has announced its newly-released Chrome 71, the latest version of its web browser, is now rolling out for Windows, Mac, and Linux, which aims to keep deceptive websites off. The latest version of Google’s browser was in the works over the past few months and has just left the beta programme.

“The Chrome team is delighted to announce the promotion of Chrome 71 to the stable channel for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This will roll out over the coming days/weeks”, the tech giant wrote in a blog post.

In the new version, users would be warned when a site appears to be hiding the real costs and terms for a transaction. With Chrome 71, experiences on websites that fall under Google’s definition of abusive would be filtered. While Chrome 71’s rollout has now begun for the desktop platform and Android.

Chrome 71 Released With Improved Ad Blocking, Protection Against Billing Scam

One of the biggest changes introduced by Chrome 71 is that the browser will now block content on websites which persistently show fake system dialogues or prompt users to download a driver update for their system. Fake messages, which are defined by the Chrome team as ads or similar elements that look like chat apps, warnings or any form of notification which direct users to an ad or a malicious page, will also be removed.

Websites which engage in such behavior despite receiving repeated warnings from Google Search Console’s Abusive Experiences Report will be the primary target of Chrome 71’s content blocking system to protect users from phishing tools. Reported websites will have a 30-day window to remove the bad elements before they are removed.

Chrome 71 will also show a different warning screen telling users that the webpage they want to visit might try to charge money, if the website does not properly disclose the terms of payments or subscription fees among other important details. On Android, Chrome’s ‘Autofill and payments’ menu has now been divided into two separate sections- Payment methods and Addresses and more.

(With inputs from IANS) 

SOURCE Google Blog
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