Google Introducing Google Chrome domain-only Url. The most common attack on the internet today can be traced to fake URLs and phishing, this is why Google has embarked on this task to come up with a solution to secure users from phishing or at the very least make fake URLs easily notable to users.
This feature is not yet available to users but will be on the next chrome release which would be Chrome 86. Google can only hope that this small but important change will go a long way to help people quickly know where they are on the internet and help them easily identify fake and misleading URLs.
Hackers can go any length to get what they want, and creating a clone of a genuine website is no big deal. They often create fake websites that look identical to the original website, then add a typo to the URL. Take for example facebook.com facebbook.com, twitter.com twittter.com zenithbank.com zennithbank.com. This way when you have a typo while typing facebook’s website, you end up on the wrong website and then you submit your login credentials and boom, your account has been hacked.
Google Chrome domain-only Url
The new domain only URL coming to chrome will now let you see at a glance the URL on the browser, thereby preventing you from being a victim of phishing and social engineering attacks. If you’re used to seeing facebook.com and suddenly your browser shows facebbbook.com, we hope that with an important update like this, you can easily spot the typos on a URL.
Already some browsers like Safari does not display the full url, it shortens the url to the domain only.
While we still wait for small but crucial update to be finally integrated into chrome standard version, the beta version already has this feature in place and if you want to try it out, visit here canary or dev channels.
Meanwhile, Google says the new domain-only feature will be shown to a random subset of users in Chrome version 86. The company wants to see if the change “helps users realize they’re visiting a malicious website, and protects them from phishing and social engineering attacks.” If it does, we can probably expect it to become a permanent feature in the future.