Google Is Updating Chrome to Protect Users From Being Redirected

Isaac Cain
November 12, 2017

Google is all about adding tools to Chrome to prevent annoying things from happening while you surf the web. The company noted that it's taking user feedback seriously, so beyond Chrome's existing pop-up blocker and autoplay protections, it will bring three new protections over the next few releases of Chrome that are created to stop unwanted content. These redirects often comes from third-party content embedded in the page, and the page author didn't intend the redirect to happen at all, Google product manager Ryan Schoen wrote in a blog post. So Chrome 64 will prevent third-party iframes from redirecting the browser. When the main tab tries to redirect to another website, Chrome will prevent it from doing so and will also show the user an information bar.

Google has planned three different protection layers to overcome unwanted behaviour in Chrome.

One feedback Google gets to hear from most users is that a page unexpectedly navigates to a new page, for no reason.

The first two changes will come as part of Chrome 64 and 65.

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From early January, Chrome will prevent sites from tricking you into opening new windows or tabs by disguising links to third-party websites "as play buttons or other site controls, or transparent overlays on websites that capture all clicks". This new protection will allow the user to check out the opened content in the new page while also staying on the original page.

After that, Google will start blocking a type of redirect that acts like a reverse pop-up: instead of clicking and having an ad pop up, the current website will redirect to an ad, while the link you clicked will open in a new tab.

"This is effectively a circumvention of Chrome's pop-up blocker, one of users' favorite features", said Mr Schoen.

Google also announced it has launched an Abusive Experiences Report in the Google Search Console. You just need to go to "chrome://flags/#enable-framebusting-needs-sameorigin-or-usergesture" from the address bar of your Chrome browser and then enable the option called "Framebusting requires same-origin or a user gesture". To help site owners ensure that their websites won't be blocked from opening content in new tabs or windows, Google has released the Abusive Experiences Report. Site owners can use the report to see if any of these abusive experiences have been found on their site and improve their user experience.

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