Google Chrome To Soon Prevent The Users From Unknowingly Subscribing To Services

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When Google identifies these pages the webmaster will get notified through the Search Console.

In a recent blog post published by Google Chrome, the tech giant notified that it will show up a warning page to users when it suspects that they might be unknowingly subscribed to a direct billing scam, leading them to unexpected charges on their next bill.

According to Google, millions of people every month stumble upon pages with insufficient mobile subscription information and wind up accidentally signed up for premium texting services and other unwanted plans.

McAfee Mobile Research said at the time, "Even when the payment is detected early, most of the time the charge is for a subscription rather than a one-time payment".

Visitors will be offered the choice to proceed anyway after seeing the above warning or go back to the previous page.

One, "Is the billing information visible and obvious to users?"

Several websites let users pay for visiting their website by entering their phone number into a form - which in turn charges the user by adding the fee to their monthly mobile or telephone bill.

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Google expanded efforts to better protect users this week.

Google has outlined new mobile billing charges best practices, which pages will have to abide by in order to prevent Chrome from showing warnings.

Site owners will then be asked to make changes to the pages and submit an appeal.

Google explains in its blog, "We want to make sure Chrome users understand when they are going through a billing flow and trust that they'll be able to make informed decisions while browsing the web".

Site owners can use the Abusive Experiences Report in their Google Search Console to see if their site contains any of these abusive experiences they need to correct or remove.

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