Microsoft Edge Update Wants To Kill Web Spam

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Browser notification dialogs are an annoying way for websites to push their content or even spam users, which is why Microsoft Edge now gives users the ability to hide them.

Google introduced browser notifications for Chrome in 2013 and other browser manufacturers quickly followed suit. These notifications appear when a user first visits a website and asks if they want to sign up to receive notifications about new content.

Unfortunately, Spam websites have started to abuse this functionality by forcing users to agree to display browser notifications before allowing them to play a video, download a file, or even view the content of a site.

If a user accepts the subscription, these fraudulent sites then begin to send a constant stream of unwanted advertisements to online dating sites, browser extensions, adult sites, games, and sometimes even malware.

Hiding browser notifications in Edge

Microsoft Edge has launched a new feature called “Silent Notification Requests” that allows users to block the display of all browser notification dialog boxes.

Interested users can test this functionality for themselves in Microsoft Edge Beta 83 by opening the Edge settings and accessing the Permissions / Notifications section of the site where they can enable silent notification requests.

When the feature is enabled, Microsoft Edge hides all browser notification dialog boxes and instead displays a small bell icon in the address bar. To view a notification, users can click on the bell which will display a dialog box that will allow them to decide whether they want to allow notifications or not.

By blocking browser notification dialogs, Microsoft will effectively eliminate much of the web spam and make surfing the Internet less boring for Edge users. While Quiet notification requests are still in beta, expect them to be deployed soon in a stable version of the software giant's Chromium browser.

Via BleepingComputer

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