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Google Chrome incorporates a function to end the abusive use of web notifications

25 mayo, 2021

If you are a user of the Beta release of Google Chrome (which has already reached version 84), you will be able to verify that it has incorporated, both on desktop and mobile devices, a very useful novelty: blocking abusive notifications.

All the users who frequent the World Wide Web have had to suffer the torture of constant requests for permissions to display notifications, on a multitude of web pages. And that’s not to mention the cases in which we agree to grant such permission and the websites are used to start bombarding the user.

The possibility of having such notifications is, without a doubt, a useful tool to stay informed of the news of some pages, but in practice, it has become an exasperating resource that degrades our browsing experience.


Chrome users have complained to Google about how notifications work

In the words of PJ McLachlan, Chrome Web Platform Product Manager:

“The problem is requests designed to mislead or force users to allow notifications. An example of this is websites that require users to accept them before they can access content on the web, or those that display previously misleading advance requests “.

“As for the notifications themselves, the problems we are facing include false notices that resemble chat messages or system dialogs; also phishing attacks, or notifications that link to malicious software.”

How to prevent web pages from asking you for permission to display notifications

This is why the Google Chrome developers have marked themselves as goal for the next version of the browser (number 84) to provide it with a new functionality capable of limiting abusive use both notification permissions and notifications themselves, thus protecting “the privacy and security of the user.”

As explained from Google, “abusive notifications are one of the main protagonists of user complaints we receive about Chrome “, but” a high percentage of notifications (and requests for permissions) come from a small number of abusive sites. “Therefore, they have proposed to limit these behaviors

The operation of this protection against notifications will be similar to the one that has already existed for years against pop-ups in most browsers: we will be shown a counter of blocked notifications (and a link to ‘Details’, to know the reason for the blocking) and access to a menu that includes both the possibility of allowing them and of continuing to block them.

The version of Chrome that incorporates this new functionality is in its trial version, and it won’t reach most Chrome users until mid-July of this year.

Via | NeoWin