Google Chrome 64 Blocks Website Content From Sending You To Redirect Hell

Google is all about adding tools to Chrome to prevent annoying things from happening while you surf the web. Chrome already has a bunch of tools to help protect you when you are surfing the web, like telling you when traffic is HTTPS secure, blocking pop-ups, and stopping annoying autoplay videos. In coming versions of Chrome, Google will build in more protections to take the annoyance out of web surfing.

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Google says that one of the most common bits of feedback it receives are reports of websites redirecting unexpectedly to other places. Google says that it has found that these redirects often come from third-party content embedded in the offending web pages and isn’t an action that the website author wanted to happen. Starting in Chrome 64, all redirects that originate in third-party iframes will show an info bar instead of redirecting.

The only time this will not happen is if the user has been interacting with that frame. That new feature will keep the user on the page they are reading rather than redirecting the page somewhere else. Another thing that Chrome will gain when Chrome 65 rolls out is another way to stop the circumvention of Chrome's pop-up blocker. This sort of circumvention happens when clicking a link opens a page in a new tab while the main window navigates to a different, unwanted page.

When Chrome 65 rolls out, that behavior will be autodetected and will trigger an infobar and prevent the main tab from redirecting. Google notes that this action will allow the user to continue directly to their intended destination and preserve the context of the page they came from.

Google is also talking about changes to how Google Safe Browsing protects people from malicious content. Starting in early January, the Chrome pop-up blocker will be able to prevent the opening of links to third-party websites that are disguised as play buttons or other site controls. It will also block these abusive experiences using transparent overlays on websites that capture all clicks and open new tabs or windows.

Google will work with site owners to figure out of when this sort of experience is happening on their website. Google wrote, "To help site owners prepare for this change, today we're also launching the Abusive Experiences Report alongside other similar reports in the Google Search Console. 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. Otherwise, abusive experiences left unaddressed for 30 days will trigger the prevention of new windows and tabs."