Published: Sat, November 11, 2017
Technology | By Russell Knight

How to use Google Chrome's new redirect blocker right now

How to use Google Chrome's new redirect blocker right now

The team found that the redirects often come from third-party content embedded in the page, and usually is nothing to do with the page author.

As the world's most popular web browser, Google Chrome is responsible for the internet experiences of the majority of the world's online population.

"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".

Secondly, Google is set to block a redirection that brings an unwanted page alongside opening the desired destination in a new tab. This typically happens with 3rd-party iframes, and it will be blocked in Chrome 64: users will be shown an infobar instead of the redirect going through (unless that person was interacting with that frame).

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The company reports that one out of five feedback items on Chrome show users encounter some sort of unwanted content that they did not plan on seeing when they click a link. This will keep the user on the page they were reading, and prevent any surprising redirects, Ryan Schoen, product manager at Google, wrote in a blog post.

The first of these three features - and the most important - will land in Chrome 64, scheduled for an official release in late January 2018.

For example, a user might click a link that opens to a new tab, while the main window navigates to a different unwanted page. In Chrome 65, this behaviour will be detected, triggering an infobar.

Google is also closing a loophole that has allowed advertisers to get around Chrome's pop-up blocker.

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Users are sometimes sent to unintended destinations that aren't always easy to detect. It could also be transparent overlays on websites that capture all clicks and open new tabs or windows.

The company will also address what it calls "abusive experiences".

Starting today, website owners who registered their site with Google will receive warnings about these type of misleading UI elements in the new Abusive Experiences Report section part of their Google Console account. Chrome's pop-up blocker will start to prevent those things from happening in early January. Abusive experiences left unaddressed for 30 days will trigger the prevention of new windows and tabs, Schoen wrote.

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