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Chrome 71 stomps on abusive advertising

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Google shipped version 71 of its Chrome browser earlier this week, alongside fixes for 43 security issues. The latest Chrome version also introduces several new security measures.

Perhaps the biggest new security feature in Chrome is its anti-abuse technology, which focuses on ads that deliberately mislead users. These sites use a range of techniques such as presenting buttons that purport to do one thing like playing video or closing a window, but which actually do another like opening advertising windows.

Such sites are also known to use fake chat messages, transparent areas that are clickable without the user’s knowledge, auto-redirects without user interaction, and ads that use fake moving mouse cursors to try and make users click on a certain area. Scammers and phishers sometimes use these techniques to steal personal information, the company said.

Google is stepping up the anti-abuse measures that it launched last year by identifying sites that persist in using these...(continued)

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