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chrome Burying the URL

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Burying the URL

 

Today, a Canary build of Google Chrome removed something kind of important from the browser: the URL.

 

Of course it still supports them, but the time where users actually see URLs is ending. With Chrome

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I remember when they dropped showing http:// on the URL field. Silly idea that one was...

What's next, removing the scroll bars? :laugh:

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I'm glad they removed http://, and was hoping for them to remove www as well. But this seems like a step in the wrong direction and could lead to an increase phishing attacks.

 

What happens if, say, a user has the ability to customize a page in the subfolder of some website? ie the user is given free reign over http://www.example.com/~user/.

 

Based on your screenshot, it appears that Chrome is not displaying that /~user/ subfolder, meaning that the user could set up a fake login page at http://www.example.com/~user/login.php, and deceive people into thinking it is the official login page for http://www.example.com.

 

Websites that often do the above are free hosting websites, as well as university websites.

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I'm glad they removed http://, and was hoping for them to remove www as well. But this seems like a step in the wrong direction and could lead to an increase phishing attacks.

 

What happens if, say, a user has the ability to customize a page in the subfolder of some website? ie the user is given free reign over http://www.example.com/~user/.

 

Based on your screenshot, it appears that Chrome is not displaying that /~user/ subfolder, meaning that the user could set up a fake login page at http://www.example.com/~user/login.php, and deceive people into thinking it is the official login page for http://www.example.com.

 

Websites that often do the above are free hosting websites, as well as university websites.

You're making a good point here. You still can see the full URL by clicking the button on the left side of the Omnibox. How many users are going to bother with it though?

 

Part of me is thinking they're still experimenting with this feature, which is why it's hidden in chrome://flags. I'm not too sure whether it's going to make it into the stable channel in this shape and form.

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It's just an experiment and as long as I can turn it off, they can experiment all they want :) Also it has been there for months, just some blogger found it yesterday and now it's getting hyped...

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