Sunday, August 11, 2019

Google chops 'www' off URLs in Chrome's address bar, to widespread annoyance - Catherine Ellis, Tech Radar

If you use Google Chrome, you might notice your address bar (or the 'omnibox' as Google calls it) looking a bit less busy than usual. That's because the browser is chopping what Google calls 'trivial subdomains' off URLs, including 'www' and 'https' prefixes, and 'm' for mobile sites. The update is rolling out right now with with Chrome 76 for desktop and mobile devices. Google claims that it will make Chrome more simple and accessible, showing only the part of the URL that the user types, but security-minded web users and developers aren't so sure.

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