Google Chrome will warn users of the site that might try to bill them without their consent. Starting with the release of Chrome 71 in December 2018, Chrome will show a warning before pages that provide insufficient mobile subscription information. The warning page will give users the option to either proceed with the action or go back. “The page ahead may try to charge you money,” the warning notification reads.
As per a Chromium blog post, the warning will be displayed when Chrome identifies pages that do not offer sufficient billing information to users. The feature will be available on Chrome mobile as well as desktop version and Android’s WebView. The post lists possible scenarios in which users will be warned before proceeding.
For instance, pages where billing information is not visible and obvious to users will be flagged. Chrome users will also be warned of pages that display the billing information in grey characters over a grey background, which makers it less readable. “For example, adding no subscription information on the subscription page or hiding the information is a bad start because users should have access to the information when agreeing to subscribe,” the blog post reads.
Chrome 71 will also remove all ads as well as new window requests from sites with certain abusive experiences like redirecting pages. Also part of abusive experience are certain ads that pretend to be system warning and trick users into clicking on them as well as ads used by scammers to steal personal information. Google’s Chrome 71 will better protect users against these abusive experiences by removing all ads on the sites with persistent abusive experiences.