Google is experimenting with displaying domain names only in the Chrome browser address bar rather than the full website address.
Will be Test The feature is in the upcoming release of Chrome (version 86), as Google hopes the change will protect users from fraud and phishing attacks using misleading website addresses.
Domain names and website addresses are one of the most basic forms of web security. A website’s reliability can be quickly determined by examining the website address, but this feature can sometimes be used to mislead.
Hackers and fraudsters often create fake websites that appear credible by using misspelled URLs, such as (twittter.com), or by using unfamiliar subdomains, such as (yourbank.sign-in.info), or by using linked domains, such as ( secure-gmail.com).
Users visit these URLs believing that they belong to legitimate companies before being tricked into giving up their personal data.
Google points out a study It found that more than 60 percent of users are fooled by the website address if the brand name appears deceptively in the path.
Some browsers, such as Safari, only display the domain name of the website’s address in the address bar, in part because it looks more visible, and because it makes some of these scams more apparent.
Google says: The new feature to hide the full address of the site will be shown to a random subset of users in the upcoming Chrome release.
The company wants to know whether the change helps users realize that they are visiting a malicious website, and protects them from phishing and social engineering attacks.
In the event that this happens, the feature will likely become permanent in the future, and Google does not say how long this trial will take.
You can try the feature – if you are not randomly selected for the experimental group – by downloading (Chrome 86) from (canary) or (dev) channels, opening (chrome: // flags), and enabling the following flags:
It is reported that Google has tried to hide the full address of the site in the address bar of the Chrome browser for several months now, and is now working on developing these changes openly in the open source (Chromium) project.