Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
Industry | By Terrell Bush

Google Chrome’s New Update Will Warn Users About Mobile Subscription Scams

Google Chrome’s New Update Will Warn Users About Mobile Subscription Scams

This primarily applies to mobile services, which may charge additional fees without giving at the same time players have complete information about a particular service. For example, if you're doing online shopping on a reputable retailer such as Taobao or your favourite department store from your Chrome browser on your devices, you won't get any annoying flags.

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Google has announced that version 71 of its Chrome browser will include a feature that warns users when a website is trying to unexpectedly charge them.

Chrome will automatically detect if the subscription data on a webpage is insufficient and show up a warning page where users will be given option to either go back or proceed to the page.

An example of an unclear subscription page is one that requires users to enter their mobile phone information, without making it obvious that a charge will be added to their bill.

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Google has outlined new mobile billing charges best practices, which pages will have to abide by in order to prevent Chrome from showing warnings. Two, "Can customers easily see the costs they're going to incur before accepting the terms?" Fee structures will have to be displayed in a manner that is easy to understand so there is no confusion about payments.

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.

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.

Once they make the appropriate changes they can appeal to Google to review them and remove the warning.

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