INTRO: In an attempt to reduce phishing and social engineering attacks, Google will experiment with the possibility of showing just the domain name in the address bar on
Google Chrome, starting with Chrome 86. For example, you will just see ‘SmartTechGuys.com’ instead of ‘https:// SmartTechGuys.com /example-url’ in the address bar.
According to a replacement Chromium blog post, the goal of this experiment is to check if showing domain-only URLs would help reduce phishing attempts in real-world scenarios. The post quotes a study where quite 60 percent of users got fooled with look-alike websites having obfuscated URLs.
Since this is often a test, not everyone is going to be a part of this. Google will randomly enable this feature to some users. Also, you’ll need to wait 2 months since Google is probably going to release stable Chrome 86 on October 6. However, if you’re feeling adventurous, you’ll install Chrome 86 from Canary or Dev channels to undertake out this feature immediately. Do note that you simply will need to enable the subsequent flags from chrome://flags and restart the browser.
• #omnibox-ui-hide-steady-state-url-path-query-and-ref-on-interaction (optional)
• #omnibox-context-menu-show-full-urls (optional)
In case you’re an influence user who wants to ascertain full URLs all the time, you’ll right-click on the URL and choose ‘Always show full URLs’. The thing to be noticed is that you should enable the fourth flag given above to see this option.
if we really think about this, it will be more preferable for seeing full URLs within the address bar because it helps me identify campaign URLs. We will need to wait to ascertain if short URLs would get standardized within the upcoming builds of Chrome.