Google will begin experimenting with displaying a web address in the address bar in the upcoming Chrome 86. A random sample (A / B test) of users will not see the complete URL, but only the part with the domain.Engineers want to know what role the Internet domain actually plays today and whether address simplification will not help in the fight against phishing. When viewing a long URL, one does not notice a typo and does not realize that it is on a fraudulent page.For example:Legitimate domain of nejlepsiweb.czUnderwater domain: nejlespiweb.czChrome is now in a stable version 84, 86ka will arrive in a while, however, if you have one of the test versions on your computer (for example, Chrome Canary), you can try the new product today.Address hiding enabled in test Chrome 86. By default, only the domain and the complete URL were displayed when I hovered or clicked on the address bar.In this case, you force its activation in the advanced settings at the internal address chrome: // flags, where it is necessary to activate the switches:chrome://flags/#omnibox-ui-sometimes-elide-to-registrable-domainchrome://flags/#omnibox-ui-reveal-steady-state-url-path-query-and-ref-on-hoverOr possibly:chrome://flags/#omnibox-ui-hide-steady-state-url-path-query-and-ref-on-interactionEach of them sets the address in a slightly different way. Let’s just remind you that you will only find these switches in the trial version of Chrome 86. Not in the current one.You can easily turn off URL shorteningOf course, if Google chooses you for the test and you don’t like the news, you’ll be able to turn it off this way, or use the context menu of the address bar itself.Browsers have been simplifying address lines for yearsThe perception of the web address has changed significantly over the years. Today, thanks to Google and other search engines integrated directly into the address bar, we often do not enter exact addresses directly, but rather the names of the products we are looking for.The Internet domain is thus more of a guarantor of authenticity – that we are really on the website we wanted to visit. That’s why Google will try to increase the perception of the domain and, conversely, weaken the perception of the often spilled tea of the entire URL with a pile of unreadable and confusing parameters.After all, this would not be the first simplification of its kind, because years ago browsers stopped displaying the communication protocol itself HTTP: //, HTTPS: //, etc. This is also an unnecessary technique from the point of view of the average user.