As a measure to keep users away from real-looking phishing websites, Google is testing out a new feature that identifies nefarious URLs and flags them. The latest feature in the development is available on Google Canary and the stable Google Chrome as an experimental feature that has been around for almost half a year now after it was first quoted during an interview between Wired and Adrienne Porter Felt, Google software engineer.
As described by Gizmodo, the warning feature detects shady and sketchy domains and websites that are usually named after popular websites with a slight dash of difference such as by putting an “i” after www.paypal.com will take you to a sketchy website that steals login credentials. On the other hand, this feature would produce a red flag on such occasions when the users are trying to access such sites and would provide options whether to leave to safety or continue but at risk of losing our data.
As aforementioned, Google software engineer Adrienne Porter Felt said in an interview with Wired that the tech giant is looking forward to making web identity understandable where the users know with whom he/she is interacting and which website he/she is using and if they can trust it or not, etc. This includes bringing big changes to how URLs work, and this could be a blow to sketchy website owners.
As of now, the feature is in an experimental stage and continues to work in the background on both Chrome Canary 70 and the stable Google Chrome where the latter has suffered a certain degree of inability to detect such URLs while the former performs exceptionally. This means that the feature is still under construction but you can enable it on your device by trying in “chrome://flags/#enable-lookalike-URL-navigation-suggestions”. Also, it’s release is still in the back burner and could take a few weeks or months to fine-tune and release globally.