The URL experiment, which was first implemented in Chrome 86 in August of this past year, was announced by the search giant in a post about the Chromium Blog. At the time, Google desired to ascertain whether showing only the domain in the address bar on desktop would help users realize they’re visiting a malicious site instead of a legitimate one.
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Some of Chrome’s users were then put in an experimental group so that they could try out this controversial feature. If you happened to be among those users place in the category and attempted to stop by TechRadar’s greatest VPN guide at the URL: https://www.techradar.com/vpn/best-vpn, you would instead just see techradar.com from the address bar of your browser.
Showing the complete URL
While Google’s URL experiment had good intentions, it seems the feature was not well received which is the company now appears to be canceling it all together.
In a brand new Chromium commit, Google Engineer Emil Stark put the final nails in the experiment’s coffin, saying:
“Delete simplified domain experiment. This experiment didn’t move relevant security metrics, so we’re not going to launch it. :(“
Now that Google will continue showing complete URLs in Chrome’s address bar, you’ll need to spot malicious sites in your own. You can achieve so by searching out for misspelled words, suspicious URLs and the use of HTTP as opposed to the more protected HTTPS in the beginning of a website’s address.
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