Blocking the "install our app" pop-ups on iOS Safari?


#1

News websites often abuse iOS Safari’s pop-up-browser-bar to advertise yet another unwanted app so they may bypass our browser blocking, plus google.com’s “get Chrome” pop-up. If these are blockable then please do so, or advise me if there is some other way. Thank you.


#2

Ooh, that’s a good point. I’ve opened an issue for us to look into this, as I dread to think the level of tracking Google is doing with Google Chrome.

However, we’d maybe not want to block all instances of the iOS app pop-ups, as some of them are for paid apps that sustain perfectly ethical businesses. On a per-site basis, we may be able to be more specific (like with Google Chrome).


#3

Any pop-up ad, especially one that opens another app (eg. the App Store), should be considered bad behavior and pop-up apps a security/privcy risk. If they want to advertise an app then they should put the link/button on their page like more responsible sites. Perhaps converting their pop-up-browser-bar into a legitimate app link on the webpage would be a reasonable middle-ground solution.


#4

Generally I agree, but we’ll have to make these decisions on a case-by-case basis.

If you’ve got some example URLs of bad sites, send them my way and we’ll check them out.


#5

Here is another google site tricking surfers into being tracked without mercy: google.ca

Google.CA bad actors


#6

Thanks @PC, I’ve added an issue for this at https://source.ind.ie/better/content/issues/564


#7

The website rarbg.to has found a way around blocking pop-up ads to other websites and auto loading the App Store when you click in a search field or on links on their website. To prove, simply go there and click (I recommend doing that on a safe browser with anti-malware).


#8

Does this happen on iOS or on Mac? I’m struggling to reproduce the problem myself. If you’ve got a screenshot, that’d help too!

Thanks :smile:


#9

iOS. It gets past 1Blocker too. It also happens on some other torrent sites like ExtraTorrent.cd and KickAss.cd … I could get some pix but it’s difficult to show because they pop open only when you click on a link or into a search field.