Chrome 71 is now publicly rolling out with ability to block abusive ads

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Google Chrome 71 has exited the beta state and has now been elevated to a stable version for Windows, Mac and Linux. As expected, the world’s most popular browser has added some quality features including ability to block abusive ads, billing protection, among others.

As spotted by 9to5google, the browser, which will be publicly available in the coming weeks, will give users the ability to block sites with abusive ads. “Ads or other elements that resemble chat apps, warnings, system dialogs, or other notifications that lead to an ad or landing page when clicked.”

At target are websites that continue to display advertising that masquerades as fake system dialogs or ineffective ‘close’ buttons even after warnings from the Google Search Console’s Abusive Experiences Report. According to Google, this ad removal will affect a “small number of sites with persistent abusive experiences,” with scammers and phishing schemes often using these ads to steal personal information.

Chrome 71 will block websites that persistently display ads masked as fake system dialogs or ineffective ‘close’ buttons despite repeated warnings from Google Search Console’s Abusive Experiences Report. The ad removal, however, according to Google, will only affect a “small number of sites with persistent abusive experiences,” Google said per 9to5google.

Google Chrome got a new look last October—that elicited mixed reactions from users. It took a while, but good thing is the browser is spotting a fresh new look. The makeover has rounded shapes and tabs, update icons, and a color palette. As a matter of fact, the interface is looking clean and refreshing, and Google has updated the prompts, menus and URLs in the address bar to go with the new look.

The tabs have been simplified to make it easier for anyone to see at a glance. In my opinion, the new tab which was added last October will be useful for all those who like opening too many tabs.

Chrome 69 was updated in a way that makes autofill work more accurately. That version was upgraded with ability to autofill and store passwords, credit cards, and addresses more accurately in your Google Account.

The password manager in version 69 was also upgraded with ability to auto-generate and suggest a strong password when you sign up. The password is now being stored and made available on both mobile and desktop.

In October also, Google updated its browser with a picture-in-picture feature that may make the software even more attractive to users out there. Chrome as you already know, is the world’s most used browser, and a picture-in-picture feature may just have affirmed that even further.

The Android version of the app has been in use for years, and adding it to the desktop version is perhaps, one of the best moves ever. Picture-in-picture mode allows you to watch YouTube or Netflix video while doing other things.

The picture-in-picture feature was technically made available by Google in Chrome 69 beta—and was added to version 70; making it publicly available.


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Author: Ola Ric

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