The Google Chrome 71 update now includes offensive ad blocking and billing protection
Chrome 71 is now available on Android, iOS, Mac, Windows and Linux.
Google is now rolling out the new Chrome 71 update for Mac, Windows and Linux users. This new version of Internet Browser brings much needed security updates and features. It will now automatically block abusive ads on persistently offensive websites. Websites affected by this new application will be those that contain ads or content that are displayed as fake system dialogs or close buttons, even after being alerted to reports of abuse from the Google Search Console. An example would be such ads that ask users to download an updated driver for their system, which someone may have seen while browsing the Internet.
According to Google, the removal of new browsers and ads through 9To5Google will affect “a small number of sites with negligible offensive experiences”, mostly scammers and phishing tools that use such ads to steal user data. Site administrators and owners will be able to use Google Search Console’s Offensive Report to find out if their websites are hosting such malicious ads, and Chrome will have 30 days to take action against them before they automatically begin removing them. In addition to the new offensive ad blocking feature, Chrome 71 also introduces a new billing warning screen for pages that do not describe how to use the information entered by the user for payment.
In related news, Microsoft is reportedly working on a new Chromium-based web browser that could replace Microsoft Edge as the default browser in Windows 10. According to a report, the browser’s codename is Anaheim and it is not yet clear whether the browser will use it. Edge branding or if the user interface is different between Edge and Anaheim. As of November 2018, Microsoft Edge had a market share of 2.15 percent, according to StatCounter.