Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Google Chrome update will warn about mobile subscription scams

Google Chrome Chrome will soon warn you about tricky mobile subscription signups
Katie Ramirez | 10 November, 2018, 21:13

For the Safe Browsing category, you can also see normal warning pages that are shown in Chrome for mobile and desktop as well as the quieter warnings that will be displayed by Android apps using WebView. The search giant will try to reach webmasters of sites that aren't verified on its Search Console and will answer questions on its support forum, which is available in 15 languages, according to its blog post. Following this, Google will allow the owners a window of 30 days to ensure that these flagged issues are corrected as soon as possible to cater smooth surfing experience.

Google is trying to solve that by warning users of such pages in Chrome's next release - Chrome 71. To provide more security, the next Google Chrome update is focused on tackling these sites with shady subscription services.

Google's move comes to crack down on the avalanche of websites that hide billing information that's usually supposed to accompany mobile subscription forms.

Google understandably doesn't go into much detail about the mechanisms it uses to identify potentially malicious subscription pages.

Google is taking up a new approach by warning people beforehand about a website that tricks users and subscribes them to billing scams.

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One, "Is the billing information visible and obvious to users?" That's why starting from Chrome 71 (December 2018), Chrome will show a warning before these pages, so that users can make informed decisions when signing up to mobile based subscription services. Two, "Can customers easily see the costs they're going to incur before accepting the terms?"

So, what's your take on this new protective feature from U.S. tech giant - Google?

Sites owners have nothing to worry about if their billing pages take users through a clearly visible and understandable billing process.

This new feature by Google is the latest change to make its Chrome browser more user-friendly.

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