Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Chrome will soon warn you about tricky mobile subscription signups

Chrome will soon warn you about tricky mobile subscription signups

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. So that the users make a decision themselves when signing up to mobile-based subscription services.

Chrome will detect if the subscription information on a webpage is insufficient, and like its other warnings, give the user the opportunity to go back, or proceed if they like.

While researching the recent deceptive mobile billing interstitial coming to Chrome 71, I stumbled onto the internal chrome://interstitials page that allows you to view all warnings that are supported by the particular Chrome version you are using.

There are three guidelines that Google needs developers to follow: -Display billing information. Behind the subscription, there are some billings you'll be charged with that's sometimes not obvious. They are requested not to hide the billing information from the users.

Google also announced this week that beginning in December, Chrome 71 will remove all ads on the small number of sites with persistent abusive experiences.

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An example of a mobile subscription scam. Information should be visible on all types of devices. Fee structures need to be easily understandable, and websites need to clearly show what kinds of charges they'll apply before consumers accept the terms of carrier billing.

Google will soon start sending notifications via Search Console to let site owners know if they have unclear billing pages.

Google is taking up a new approach by warning people beforehand about a website that tricks users and subscribes them to billing scams.

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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