September 20, 2020

Google Chrome v76 automatically hides the URL prefix WWW and HTTPS

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Last fall, Google Chrome began to hide the URL prefixes WWW and HTTPS, which caused a very big controversy and Google subsequently resumed display these prefixes. The main reason for the dispute is that the URL is incomplete after hiding the content, and the user cannot judge the HTTP and HTTPS protocols before the connection handshake. However, at the time, Google also said that this policy will continue to be implemented, so the prefix was also completely hidden in the Google browser v76 version released yesterday.


Compared with the previous policy, Google has also provided options for users to resume display these prefixes, but the latest version of this experimental option has been directly deleted by Google.

Deleting means that the user can no longer automatically display the full URL using any method unless the user installs an older version of v76 that contains a security flaw. If the user manually clicks on the address bar or copy URL address, the full URL and protocol and prefix will be displayed.

To be honest, the specific reason why Google is doing this is not clear. If it is convenient for users to simplify the URL, it may be an advantage.