Google deployed version 71 of Chrome a few days ago, an update that blocks deceptive ads with viruses and improves user safety, among other developments. Now the company’s browser is preparing a new function to end web pages that do not let you go back.
As reported from 9to5google, Google has created a solution to end the “manipulation of history”, a term that describes the action that some web pages carry out forcing users to click on the back button many times before can leave the page. A problem that the company has had on the radar for at least two years and which they described as “result in guaranteed frustration“.
In recent months this annoying action has received more attention from Google as the users themselves. The problem is that these websites abuse users’ trust in the back button by inserting ads maliciously in the browser history. By clicking on the return button, the user ends up getting stuck on the page or falling into the ad.
Google Chrome Will Silently Mark These Websites
Google has created a way for Chrome to know if a history entry is legitimate or not. The web pages that carry out this practice will now be marked silently and the browser will send metrics on the pages to Google for analysis and review. The ultimate goal of this measure is to completely omit all these false entries.
According to Google’s source code for Chromium, any suspicious tab manipulation page will be labeled with the following flag: #enable-skip-redirecting-entries-on-back-forward-ui. At that time, when you press the Back button in Chrome, the browser will take note of those flags and choose to skip them when the navigation buttons are pushed forward and backward.
This change has been discovered in the source code so there is still a time for the new function to reach Chrome officially, both for the desktop version and for the mobile version of the browser. At the moment we have to wait for the company to officially announce this new measure to improve user safety.