Google Chrome update will warn about mobile subscription scams

Google Chrome update will warn about mobile subscription scams

Google Chrome update will warn about mobile subscription scams

The company has dropped some guidelines from the webmaster's page and has a blog post which is completely dedicated to its Chromium channel giving details.

Have you ever accidentally entered your phone number on a mobile website and been charged for a subscription service you didn't want?

Chrome will automatically detect if the subscription data on a webpage is insufficient and show up a warning page where users will be given option to either go back or proceed to the page.

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In a recent blog post published by Google Chrome, the tech giant notified that it will show up a warning page to users when it suspects that they might be unknowingly subscribed to a direct billing scam, leading them to unexpected charges on their next bill.

The billing information must be visible and obvious to the users. Don't hide or obfuscate crucial billing information.

The warning page will launch in Chrome 71, which is set to release in December. Information should be visible on all types of devices. Google will notify webmasters when their sites are falling short of its standards so they can fix up their site and make charges clear, but until they comply with best practices, they will have to live with Google treating them as a potentially malicious site.

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According to Google, every month millions of Chrome users encounter pages that contain confusing or incomplete information about a paid service.

-Make sure that the fee structure is clearly understandable. For example, Chrome 70 will have different warning interstitials than Chrome 71.

Specifically, Google says it will target mobile billing services, which place additional charges on a user's monthly bill without their full knowledge or consent.

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Something else to be aware of: There's a growing ecosystem of Android and Windows browsers that are derived from Google Chrome, but there's typically a lag between a fresh version of Chrome and a fresh version of the derived app.

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