Google will test displaying domain names instead of full URLs to fight scammers

Google will test displaying domain names instead of full URLs to fight scammers


Google has announced testing of a new system for displaying sites in the address bar of the browser. Now, instead of full addresses, the application will display only the domain name. This is reported on the developer’s blog.

It is assumed that the new system will help protect users from phishing attacks. Hackers often create fake URLs with typos (for example, twittter.com, which uses an extra letter t), and the sites look like real ones. Users sometimes enter their personal data, passwords and payment information on them.

The developers will test the new feature among Chrome 86 users. The company wants to understand how the innovation helps users recognize fraudulent sites and phishing links. If the usefulness of a new feature is confirmed, then it may be added on an ongoing basis. You can find instructions on how to activate the feature on the Google blog.

Earlier, Google announced its intention to create a system for warning people about earthquakes. It will send users notifications in case of danger. To do this, the company plans to gain access to installed seismographs, and where they are not available, to use accelerometers in Android smartphones. So far, the service only works in California (USA).



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