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MemberSeptember 14, 2021 at 9:29 am
Google plans to press forward with its plan to truncate what shows in the address bar starting with Chrome 86, slated for an early October release. Only some users will see the change at v. 86’s debut, Google said, adding that “a full roll-out ((is)) planned for a later release.”
Under the scheme, a full URL like https://google-secure.example.com/secure-google-sign-in/ would show only as the registrable domain, example.com 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 of clicking on links, which at first glance look legitimate, that are actually constructed to mislead. “This change is designed to keep your users’ credentials safe,” Google stated in its enterprise release notes.
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 v. 69 and 70 – Google has contended that stripping out parts of a URL, say the www, is a move worth making. Critics blasted the proposed change, saying that it eliminates cues some users relied on to sniff out deceptive sites.