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On showing URLs and why security and usability will always have a rocky relationship
"The problem we face is you can’t actually satisfy two masters. Security requires educated, pro-active, informed thinking users. Security is rarely a positive user experience—the free massage provided by the TSA when I refuse to go through their backscatter body scan is rarely as erotic in real life as it tends to be in advertising.

Usability is about making the whole process of using the web seamless and thoughtless: a child should be able to do it. But the security environment we have on the web is extraordinarily broken. In order to actually stay safe online, you need to see the “seams” of the web, you need to pay attention, use your brain.

Don’t Make Me Think says the title of the famous usability book. Be alert all the fucking time or you’ll get scammed say the security people. Good luck squaring that circle."
GoogleChrome  browser  URI  obfuscation  usability  security  design  dctagged  dc:creator=MorrisTom  Chrome 
may 2014 by petej
ntlk's blog: Chrome obfuscates the URLs, Google benefits
"So who benefits from this?

It’s not the people using the browser; it’s the search engine makers and big social networks. The ones so well-established that people willingly put their share buttons on their own websites.

Let me repeat that: the parties benefitting from this change are the search engine vendors and big, monolithic social networks that strive to create walled gardens."

"There’s been much debate about whether the URLs are ‘ugly’ or ‘beautiful’ and whether people really understand them. This debate misses the point.

The URLs are the cornerstone of the interconnected, decentralised web. Removing the URLs from the browser is an attempt to expand and consolidate centralised power."
Google  GoogleChrome  URI  addressBar  browser  Web  design  obfuscation  transparency  power  centralisation  walledGarden  Chrome 
may 2014 by petej

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