Google has dropped the notion of truncating URLs in Chrome, according to a note earlier this month in the Chromium project bug database.
«This experiment did not move the relevant security values, so we will not launch it,» wrote Emily Stark, a software engineer on the Chrome team, in the June 7 post.
Android police first reported on Stark’s June 10 note.
Stark’s notification, which referred to what Chromium, the open source project that produces code for Chrome and several other browsers, including Microsoft’s Edge, called the «simplified domain» experiment, put an end to efforts designed to summarize what is displayed in browser. Pub.
In August 2020, Google announced, Stark was one of the trio of engineers who wrote the statement, which will perform tests with some Chrome users who would hide much of the URL of a site. The idea, Google said, was to counter phishing attacks.
«Our goal is to understand, through real-world use, whether displaying URLs in this way helps users realize that they are visiting a malicious website and protects them from phishing and social engineering attacks,» the engineers said.
Testing began with Chrome 86, which was launched in early October 2020.
Instead of displaying an entire URL, Chrome condensed it into what Google called the «registerable domain» or the most significant part of it. If the full URL of, say, a Computerworld article was https://www.computerworld.com/article/3082024/google-android-chrome-os-flip-flops.html, then the recordable domain and the only bit that would appear in the address bar – it would be computerworld.com. In doing so, it was thought that URLs that attempt to offend the domain by exposing the actual address with, following the same example, computerworld.com elsewhere in a long string would be exposed.
Throughout the different versions of Chrome starting with 86, users could enable URL shortening through the settings on the chrome: // options page if they weren’t selected by Google to participate, but would like to see the change for themselves.
Perhaps not surprisingly, some have condemned the change; Veteran users of any browser often pick up flashlights and forks whenever a long-term user interface (user interface) or UX (user experience) element is on the switch or cutting block.
Since Chrome 91, which was released on May 25, the browser only removes https: // from the URL, and the optional settings in chrome: // no longer exist.
Other browsers, especially Apple Safari, continue to use short, domain-only URLs, which Google has now rejected. However, Edge never adopted the test produced by Chromium and continued to produce full addresses (including https: //).