Microsoft’s Edge web browser gets a free built-in VPN
Microsoft has revealed that it is adding a free built-in VPN to the Microsoft Edge web browser. The feature will be called “Microsoft Edge Secure Network”.
Microsoft Edge helps you stay safe online. However, the networks you join may not be secure enough. Microsoft Edge Secure Network can help protect your device and sensitive data while browsing.
● Encrypts your connection: Encrypts your Internet connection to help protect your data from online threats like hackers. When you use the Microsoft Edge Secure network, your data is routed from Edge through an encrypted tunnel to create a secure connection, even when using an insecure URL beginning with HTTP. This makes it harder for hackers to access your browsing data on a shared public Wi-Fi network.
● Helps prevent online tracking: By encrypting your web traffic directly from Microsoft Edge, we help prevent your internet service provider from collecting your browsing data, such as details about the websites you visit.
● Keeps your location private: Online entities may use your location and IP address to profile you and send you targeted advertisements. Microsoft Edge Secure Network lets you browse with a virtual IP address that hides your IP address and replaces your geolocation with a similar regional address to make it harder for online trackers to track you while you browse.
● Is free: Get 1 gigabyte of free data every month when you sign in to Microsoft Edge with your Microsoft account.
The Microsoft Edge Secure network is powered by CloudFlare. Because the service is free and capped, Cloudflare will collect a limited amount of diagnostic and support data acting as a data processor to Microsoft. Cloudflare says it will permanently delete diagnostic and support data collected every 25 hours.
Although Microsoft has revealed how to activate the service (Settings and more > Activate Microsoft Edge Secure Network), it is not yet available. Presumably, it will roll out to Microsoft Edge insider channels first. You can join a channel and download the browser here. You will need to sign in to a Microsoft account to use the VPN.
While it’s great to see Microsoft making an effort to improve user privacy, we strongly recommend that users have access to a more comprehensive VPN. A NordVPN subscription is currently on sale at 51% off and will work on all platforms and browsers with no data caps. Additionally, NordVPN will let you choose your location and it can stream geo-restricted content which early testers say is not possible with Microsoft Edge Secure Network.
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