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Chrome will start warning users about shady mobile subscription pages

Chrome will soon warn you about tricky mobile subscription signups Chrome 71 will warn users about websites with shady phone subscription forms
Cecil Davis | 10 November, 2018, 21:18

It was just a year ago that Google brought to the market a set of tools that helps prevent issues such as unwanted tabs, automatic redirection, and click areas that capture data.

Google Chrome 71 will identify such websites and warn users of the possibility of getting duped whenever they try to visit such shady websites or while buying or subscribing to a new service. "Users will be offered the choice to proceed to the page or go back if they were unaware that they were entering a billing page".

There are three guidelines that Google needs developers to follow: -Display billing information. These ads trick users into clicking on them by pretending to be system warnings or "close" buttons that do not actually close the ad.

Google is going to crack down on websites that hide billing information that is charged on users' monthly mobile bill. Fee structures will have to be displayed in a manner that is easy to understand so there is no confusion about payments.

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The warning page will launch in Chrome 71, which is set to release in December. For example, Chrome 70 will have different warning interstitials than Chrome 71.

Websites showing "abusive advertisements" will soon face the wrath of Google Chrome as it will be blacklisting them for it. Failure to abide by this will put Chrome in action that will block every ad on the site - regardless of it being abusive or not.

Before Google throws the warning page, the tech giant will notify webmasters in the Search Console when it finds a potential scam. For example, a gaming website that asks users for their phone details, and the next month's phone bill arrives with subscription charges to the online gaming service that they didn't really subscribe to.

Something else to be aware of: There's a growing ecosystem of Android and Windows browsers that are derived from Google Chrome, but there's typically a lag between a fresh version of Chrome and a fresh version of the derived app.