Google has announced its newly-released Chrome 71, the latest version of its web browser, is now rolling out for Windows, Mac and Linux operating systems (OS), 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.
“Chrome 71.0.3578.80 contains a number of fixes and improvements — a list of changes is available in the log. Watch out for upcoming Chrome and Chromium blog posts about new features and big efforts delivered in 71,” the tech giant wrote in a blog post late on Tuesday. In the new version, users would be warned when a site appears to be hiding the real costs and terms for a transaction
The most prominent feature of the new Chrome version is the built-in ad filtering system. According to the company, Chrome is now enabled to detect websites that show overly aggressive or misleading ads and popups. Google deems them as “negative experience” for the user and is taking strict measures to limit their appearance.
Additionally, Google has also initiated a crackdown on websites that fool users in subscribing to illegitimate mobile subscription plans. In Chrome 71, Google will show a full-page warning to beware the users from accessing such sites.
Another change in Chrome 71 is the removal of the Inline Install API – a feature that allowed users to install Chrome extensions (from the official Web Store) while navigating other websites.
The inline installation feature was also disabled for Chrome 69 but in the latest version, the actual code will be removed to prevent sites from exploiting Chrome bugs to initiate unauthorized inline installations.
Google is also imposing restrictions on websites that swindle users into calling tech support call centers or paying for unnecessary tech support services. With Chrome 71, users must first interact with the site before a site can “play any audio.”
“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.
“Chrome 71.0.3578.80 contains a number of fixes and improvements — a list of changes is available in the log. Watch out for upcoming Chrome and Chromium blog posts about new features and big efforts delivered in 71,” the tech giant wrote in a blog post late on Tuesday.
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.
These include web experiences that are not just limited to ads, such as auto-redirects that happen without any action from a user or trick-to-click experiences like a warning notification that actually leads to an ad or another website’s landing page.