Google Chrome may soon keep your back button from being hijacked

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You’ve been there: Caught on a dodgy website, faced with a barrage of ads or suspicious content, and found yourself trapped — no matter how much you hit the back button.

It’s a sinister issue called “history manipulation,” where multiple dummy pages are inserted into your browser’s history to fast forward you to the page you were trying to leave.

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The issue has been on the Chrome team’s radar since 2016, and now it could be a thing of the past in a future release of the browser, as spotted by 9to5Google.

In a series of published Chromium code changes, Chrome would flag pages that have been added to the back/forward history without the user’s intention, then skip them when the user hits the back button.  Read more…

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