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  • Chrome 86: More messing with the URL

     Japo_Japo updated 2 months, 2 weeks ago 1 Member · 1 Post
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    September 14, 2021 at 9:11 am

    Google plans to truncate what shows in the address bar starting with Chrome 86. Only some users will see the change at version 86’s debut, Google said, adding that “a full roll-out ((is)) planned for a later release.”

    Under the scheme, a full URL like would show only as the registrable domain, in the address bar.

    Google argued that the move is “to protect your users from some common phishing strategies,” such as when criminals try to trick potential victims into clicking on links that at first glance look legitimate, but which are actually made to mislead. “This change is designed to keep your users’ credentials safe,” Google stated.

    This will not be the first time that Google has tried to shorten what shows in the Chrome address bar. At several points in the past – most recently, in 2018 with Chrome 69 and Chrome 70 – Google has contended that stripping out parts of a URL, say the www, is a move worth making. Critics have blasted such proposals, saying that it eliminated cues some users relied on to sniff out deceptive sites.

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