Google wants to make the desktop version of its browser more secure. Users should therefore no longer see the entire URL in the address bar, but only the most important part. Not all Google Chrome users should like this – but Google sees the main advantages as phishing attacks would be more difficult.
Google Chrome: Address no longer fully displayed
According to an official announcement in the Chromium blog, Google would like to do without displaying the entire URL in the address line from version 86 of the desktop browser. Instead, only a very shortened URL should be displayed. This step is justified with a greatly increased security from Google’s point of view. A study is cited according to which more than 60 percent of all phishing attacks can be traced back to incorrect brand names in the URL.
Google would like to test the new function first. However, it can be assumed that it will become the standard in future versions of Google Chrome. Before doing this, it should be examined how users receive shortened URLs and whether this will result in a measurable decrease in phishing attempts. In addition, not all users of Google Chrome 86 should be part of the experiment at the beginning.
This is what the shortened URL looks like from Google Chrome 86:
In the announcement, Google points out that users will be free to choose whether they want to see the shorter addresses or not. A right click on the address line leads to the selection “Always show complete URL”. As can be seen in the animation shown above, it is now sufficient to move the mouse pointer over the address line.
Google Chrome can also be controlled by voice more on this in the video:
Google Chrome: Browser very popular in Germany
The experiment is unlikely to change the popularity of the Chrome browser in Germany and other countries. In this country, Chrome is clearly number one on the desktop, according to StatCounter, with a share of almost 49 percent. Firefox currently has a share of 22 percent, while Safari is in third place with 10 percent. Microsoft’s Edge and Opera are far behind.