Since the ratio of phishing and scams has increased, which results in the loss of sensitive data of various individuals, Google is playing its part to avoid it. This is why it has started to show only the domains of URLs in the address bars on Chrome. This feature will be experimented on the latest release of Chrome 86. Google believes that doing so could help users in staying away from scammers who use misleading URLs.
Domain names are the easiest way to figure out where a person is online at, many hackers create fake URLs that look like the real ones, but users don’t look that closely and fall in a trap. Scammers create URLs by adding hyphens, typos or unfamiliar subdomains example, (secure-gmail.com), (twittter.com), (yourbank.sign-in.info), etc. that don’t catch much attention of the users.
Browsers like Safari show only the domain names as it makes the scams look more notable. Google says that the feature of domain name URLs will be initially available for a random small group of Chrome 86 users to check whether the update helps people to spot scam sites or not. If the results are effective, the feature will be made available permanent for wider regions. The release of Chrome 86 versions is not expected to release before October 2020.