New Google Chrome update will stop sites from hijacking your browser


Google Chrome is endeavoring to eradicate some of the most annoying factors that disrupt those browsing the web.

One of the most common complaints is about unwanted redirects, where the user gets sent to complete different webpage for no apparent reason.

It appears to be a common problem with Google saying that 20% of the feedback reports that they get from desktop bowsers is complaining about encountering unwanted content.

To get around this, Google are planning to unveil three new updates.

The first, and perhaps the most important, will stop third-party content embedded in webpages redirecting the user to an alternative webpage.

“We’ve found that this redirect often comes from third-party content embedded in the page, and the page author didn’t intend the redirect to happen at all,” Ryan Schoen, Chrome product manager wrote in a blog post.

“To address this, in Chrome 64 all redirects originating from third-party iframes will show an infobar instead of redirecting, unless the user had been interacting with that frame.”
Chrome 65, meanwhile, will tackle those annoying sites that open the desired destination in a new tab when you click a link, but redirect the main tab to a completely different page.

“This is effectively a circumvention of Chrome’s pop-up blocker, one of users’ favourite features,” said Mr Schoen. 

“Starting in Chrome 65 we’ll also detect this behaviour, trigger an infobar, and prevent the main tab from being redirected. This allows the user to continue directly to their intended destination, while also preserving the context of the page they came from.”

The new updates will be available from January and will mean that Chrome prevents users from being tricked into opening new windows or tabs which are currently disguised links to third-party websites “as play buttons or other site controls, or transparent overlays on websites that capture all clicks”. 


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