We must stay vigilant! —
As it turns out, concealing URL data does not help security.
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.
Today, Chrome only conceals the”https://” in the beginning