Chrome will soon prevent irritating, unwanted website redirects

Chrome will soon prevent irritating, unwanted website redirects

Chrome will soon prevent irritating, unwanted website redirects

Google announced that, starting with version 64, the Chrome browser will prevent pages from redirecting to third-party content in unexpected ways.

"Following on from features like Chrome's pop-up blocker and autoplay protections, over the next few releases we'll be rolling out three new protections created to give users all the web has to offer, but without many of these types of unwanted behaviours, "Google Chrome Developer Relations team wrote in blog post late on Wednesday".

Google says that one of the most common bits of feedback it receives are reports of websites redirecting unexpectedly to other places. Chrome will now block those redirect attempts and will show that a redirect was attempted and prevented in an infobar, an example of which you can see in the image below.

The only time this will not happen is if the user has been interacting with that frame. The browser will not just detect the redirect but will also trigger an info bar, and prevent the main tab from being redirected. Chrome's pop-up blocker will start to prevent those things from happening in early January.

Google has planned three different protection layers to overcome unwanted behaviour in Chrome.

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Google's crusade against bad ads will get a powerful new weapon in the coming months as its popular Chrome browser begins blocking various types of redirects where an ad or website suddenly loads a new page.

Chrome 65, meanwhile, will tackle 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. The Chrome 65 release is set for March 6.

Pop-up blocker circumnavigation. Some websites are circumnavigating the pop-up blocker built into Chrome by opening a link in a new tab while navigating the first tab to a new, unwanted page.

Google is thirdly aiming to limit "abusive experiences" that send users to unintended destinations and are disguised as video playback buttons, site controls or transparent overlays that open new tabs or windows by silently capturing clicks. You just need to go to "chrome://flags/#enable-framebusting-needs-sameorigin-or-usergesture" from the address bar of your Chrome browser and then enable the option called "Framebusting requires same-origin or a user gesture". Site owners can use the report to see if any of these abusive experiences have been found on their site and improve their user experience.

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