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Google is testing domain-only URLs in Chrome to help foil scams and phishing

Updated: May 1, 2023

"Google is experimenting with showing domain names only in Chrome’s address bar instead of full URLs. The feature will be tested in the upcoming Chrome 86 release, with Google hoping the change could protect users against scams and phishing attacks using misleading URLs.

Domain names and URLs are one of the most basic forms of web security we have, letting us quickly know where we are online. Sometimes, though, they can be used to mislead. Hackers and scammers often create fake websites that look plausible by using URLs with typos ( unfamiliar subdomains ( or hyphenated domains ( Unsuspecting users then visit these URLs thinking they belong to legitimate companies before being tricked into giving away their credentials."

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