Friday, 16 November, 2018

Chrome to start warning users about malicious subscription scams

Chrome will soon warn you about tricky mobile subscription signups Chrome 71 will warn users about websites with shady phone subscription forms
Roberta Sherman | 10 November, 2018, 21:15

When at this page, you can view interstitials related to SSL, SafeBrowsing, Captive Portal, and Supervised Users.

While researching the recent deceptive mobile billing interstitial coming to Chrome 71, I stumbled onto the internal chrome://interstitials page that allows you to view all warnings that are supported by the particular Chrome version you are using. To provide more security, the next Google Chrome update is focused on tackling these sites with shady subscription services.

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It was just past year that Google brought to the market a set of tools that helps prevent issues such as unwanted tabs, automatic redirection, and click areas that capture data.

Google is working hard on improving the end user experience of Chrome users, and it is planning to block abusive ads on pages starting with Chrome 71.

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Chrome will detect if the subscription information on a webpage is insufficient, and like its other warnings, give the user the opportunity to go back, or proceed if they like. Also, the developers are asked to be sure that the billing information is visible on all types of devices. And three, "Is the fee structure easily understandable?" Include information about fee amounts and billing frequency; for example, is the fee charged daily, weekly, or monthly?

TechCrunch announced that the new feature would become available on desktop and mobile and in Android's WebView. Chrome 71 is the next version of this browser owned by Google. In the worst case scenarios, some websites don't even bother telling users they're being charged, disguising forms as "enter phone number to access site" gateways. Google will notify webmasters when their sites are falling short of its standards so they can fix up their site and make charges clear, but until they comply with best practices, they will have to live with Google treating them as a potentially malicious site.

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