November 4, 2022
Google Chrome history manipulation

Google will Soon Stop Sites from Preventing Users from Going Back in Time to Previous Pages

Google Chrome history manipulation will soon become a thing of the past, thanks to a new solution which skips over any page with disabled back buttons…

Practically everyone has been there once or more. It’s a frustrating situation when arriving on a page that doesn’t live up to its promise only to discover hitting the back button does nothing at all. Google calls this notorious practice “history manipulation.”  And, soon it won’t be a problem any longer, thanks to a new fix.

Google Chrome ‘History Manipulation,’ a False Back Button Fix on the Way

The history manipulation trick has been on team Chrome’s radar for more than two years. In fact, one Googler describes the experience as “resulting in guaranteed frustration.” Of course, it’s there for a reason and that reason sis to maliciously insert ads into the browser’s tab history.

However, with a few code changes, Google has found a way to deal with the problem. The crew has decided to give its browser the power to identify legitimate history entries

Here’s what the process entails. Chrome will secretly flag such pages and then, will pass on metrics to Google to analyze. If an offender, the browser will skip over these pages entirely. 

Google will first place it under a hidden flag (#enable-skip-redirecting-entries-on-back-forward-ui) and eventually, add it to the canary and then beta releases. If all goes well, it will make it to wide, stable release, thereafter.

Owen E. Richason IV

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