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Google Updates Chrome to Prevent Unwanted Content, Redirects

Changes to Google Chrome aim to prevent users from being redirected to unexpected websites and unwanted content.

Google is updating its Chrome browser to protect users from redirection to unexpected websites and unwanted content, the company announced this week.

The next few releases of Chrome will contain three new protections.

According to Google, one in every five desktop users encounter unwanted content. Many users  unexpectedly navigate to a new Web page, often the result of embedded third-party content. In Chrome 64, all redirects from third-party iframe will show a sidebar of information instead of redirecting - unless the user had been interacting with that frame.

Similarly, sometimes users click on a desired destination, which opens in a new tab, but the main window navigates to an unwanted page. In Chrome 65, this behavior will trigger an infobar and prevent the main tab from redirecting and circumventing Chrome's pop-up blocker.

Other redirects are harder to detect; for example, when links to third-party sites are disguised as play buttons or other website controls. In early January, Chrome will update its pop-up blocker to prevent these sites from opening new windows or tabs.

Read more details here.

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