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Google Chrome ends its war on address bar URLs–for now, at least

We must remain vigilant! — As it turns out, hiding URL information does not help security. Ron Amadeo – Jun 11, 2021 3:33 pm UTC The new experiment: after loading a page, Chrome shows only the domain name. Ron Amadeo The options for this feature in chrome://flags. You can show the URL on hover, and…

We must stay vigilant! —

As it turns out, concealing URL data does not help security.


  • The newest experiment: After loading a webpage, Chrome reveals just the domain name.


    Ron Amadeo

  • The choices for this attribute in chrome://flags. You’re able to show the URL on blot, and I don’t believe the bottom flag does anything yet.


    Ron Amadeo

Chrome is finishing its war on address bar URLs–for now. About a year ago, Chrome started experimenting with stripping down the URL displayed in the address bar to only the domain name, so rather than something like”https://arstechnica.com/gadgets/2020/06/google-is-messing-with-the-address-bar-again-new-experiment-hides-url-path/,” the address bar would show just”arstechnica.com,” and you would not have any clue where you are in the site directory.

Android Police seen a post on the Chromium bug tracker declaring that Google is killing the thought.  Back in June 2020 as soon as the experiment was kicking off, Google engineer Emily Stark explained the company was tinkering using a simplified URL screen”to understand if it helps users identify malicious websites more accurately.” It is a year after, and now Stark writes that the”simplified domain experiment” will be deleted from the codebase, saying,”This experiment didn’t move relevant security metrics, so we’re not going to launch it. :(“

Apple’s Safari browser also hides URLs like this.

The Chrome group is not afraid of blowing up existing web standards and has publicly announced it needs to kill the URL–it only has not figured out just how yet. This was only the latest of several crazy experiments, so don’t be surprised when Google comes for your URLs again.

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