Google has announced its recently-released Chrome 71, the latest version of its web browser, is now rolling out for Windows, Mac, and Linux, which purpose is to keep deceptive websites off. The newest version of Google’s browser was in the works over the past few months and has just left the beta testing programme.
“The Chrome team is pleased to announce the promotion of Chrome 71 to the stable channel for Windows, Mac, and Linux. This will start rolling out over the coming days/week”, Google wrote in a blog post.
In the latest version, users will be warned whenever a site appears to be hiding the real costs and terms for a transaction. With the Chrome 71, experiences on websites that fall under Google’s definition of abusive would then be filtered. While Chrome 71’s rollout has just begun for the desktop platform and Android.
One of the most significant changes that were introduced by Chrome 71 is the ability of the browser to block content on websites that persistently show fake system dialogues or prompt its users to download a driver update for their system. Fake messages, which are defined by the Chrome team as ads or similar elements that look like chat apps, warnings or any form of notification which direct its users to an ad or a malicious page, will also be removed.
Websites that engage in such behaviour despite receiving warnings repeatedly from Google Search Console’s Abusive Experiences Report will be the primary target of Chrome 71’s content blocking system to protect users from phishing tools. Reported websites will have up to 30days to remove the harmful elements before they are removed.
Chrome 71 will also go the extent of showing different warning screen telling the users that the webpage they want to access might try to charge money if the website does not adequately disclose the terms of its payments or subscription fees among other important details. On Android, Chrome’s ‘Autofill and payments‘ menu has now been divided into two separate sections which are Payments method and Addresses and more.