When browsing the internet, you’ve probably had a common experience on certain sites whereby you need to press the back button repeatedly before you able to get away from a particular page. Some of these sites would even put you into a loop of redirects before you able to get away.
Google Chrome’s team apparently calls this as “history manipulation” and it happens because ads are being maliciously inserted into the tab’s browsing history. This could soon be a thing of the past, according to a report by 9to5Google.
The way the new countermeasure works is that pages that do this will be silently flagged. Thanks to three new code changes, Chrome will then send metrics about the pages to Google to be analyzed. With enough data, Chrome will be able to prevent them from happening entirely, in a similar manner as with the recurrent popup ads.
At the moment, its presence is represented by a hidden flag – #enable-skip-redirecting-entries-on-back-forward-ui. As interesting as this new change might sound like, it could be a while before it becomes a standard feature in a future update though.
Edited by Chief Chapree.