Chrome is working on an update to stop browser
history and back button hijacking
Google engineers have a new feature under
development that aims to curb back button hijacking in Chrome.
Currently, the hijacking happens when a shady
website is visited by accident. The website pushes visitors forward onto an ad
page or pop-up. When the user tries to press the Back button to go to the
previous page, the browser reloads the same page over and over again and keeps
the user trapped on the ad page.
The way the hijackers make the website
function is by having the site perform constant redirects toward the same URL.
That pollutes the browser history because it now shows that the previous page
you were on is the page you’re currently stuck on, and that effectively renders
the Back button useless.
Another way site hijackers can trap users on
a webpage is by secretly inserting ad pages inside the browser history list.
When the user goes back to a previous page there is an ad there, instead of the
real site previously visited.
Thankfully, the project Google is working on
will allow Chrome to detect when browser history entries have been generated by
user interaction, or by an automated method.
The endgame, of course, is to block or skip
these fake history entries altogether.
Hopefully, this under development project will make a debut in a 2019 Chrome update.
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