Chrome 71 Rolling Out With Abusive Ads & Billing Protection

Anyone who’s surfed the web long enough has probably encountered various websites that have designed ads to look like legit Windows popups and notifications, which when you click can take you to another site where potentially malware can be installed on your computer. However if you are using Google’s Chrome browser, that should become a thing of the past.

It has been reported that Chrome 71 has begun rolling out to users where one of the features of the update is the blocking of abusive ads, which Google has described as, “Ads or other elements that resemble chat apps, warnings, system dialogs, or other notifications that lead to an ad or landing page when clicked.”

In addition to the blocking of abusive ads, the Chrome 71 update is also expected to introduce billing protection. This feature will display a billing warning screen on websites that don’t properly disclose paid subscriptions. This means that if a website is trying to get you to sign up for a paid subscription without your consent or awareness, this is where the protection is expected to kick in.

Chrome 71 has already begun rolling out to desktop users on Windows, Mac, and Linux, and is also expected to make its way onto mobile and Chrome OS in the coming weeks.

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