Chrome Adds New Security-Related Features To Prevent Deceptive Mobile Subscriptions

Chrome will soon warn you about tricky mobile subscription signups

For the Safe Browsing category, you can also see normal warning pages that are shown in Chrome for mobile and desktop as well as the quieter warnings that will be displayed by Android apps using WebView. Google will also notify the webmasters when the sites are not meeting the requirements so that they can fix their site and make charges information clear.

Google Chrome 71 will identify such websites and warn users of the possibility of getting duped whenever they try to visit such shady websites or while buying or subscribing to a new service.

According to Google, millions of people every month stumble upon pages with insufficient mobile subscription information and wind up accidentally signed up for premium texting services and other unwanted plans. "Users will be offered the choice to proceed to the page or go back if they were unaware that they were entering a billing page", states the blog post.

An example of a mobile subscription scam.

Several websites let users pay for visiting their website by entering their phone number into a form - which in turn charges the user by adding the fee to their monthly mobile or telephone bill. The Chrome 71 is scheduled to be released in December and will provide website owners a 30-day probation period to clean up their site from abusive ads.

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Google said that the billing information must be obvious, cost and fee structures must be spelled out, and the information must be easy to read.

Before accepting terms and conditions, can these users see the full costs?

Site owners will then be asked to make changes to the pages and submit an appeal.

Chrome informed that sites will be required to make billing information, including telling users how much they will be charged, what they will be charged for, for how long, and ensuring those details are clear and visible to users, wrote Mashable.

Google will remove the warning in Chrome after reviewing the changes.

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