Microsoft Edge gets a built-in VPN powered by Cloudflare 2022-04-28 06:04:00

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Microsoft is testing a VPN-like service for its Edge browser, adding a new layer of security and privacy to your browsing experience. A recently discovered support page on Microsoft’s website details the “Microsoft Edge Secure Network” feature, which provides data encryption and prevents online tracking, by Cloudflare.

Although not yet available, even if you have the latest Dev Channel version, Microsoft Edge Secure Network appears similar in nature to Cloudflare 1.1.1.1. This is basically a proxy server or VPN service, which encrypts your browsing data so that you are safe from prying eyes, including your ISP. It also keeps your location private, so you can use it to access geo-restricted websites, or content that is blocked in your country.

Microsoft Edge’s secure network mode will ask you to sign in to your Microsoft account, because the browser keeps track of how much data you’ve used in this mode. You get 1 GB of free data per month, which is tied to your Microsoft account. Most VPN services are not free, so this should come as no surprise. Cloudflare itself does not keep any personally identifiable user data, and any data related to browsing sessions is deleted every 25 hours. Information about your data usage is also deleted at the end of each monthly period.


Microsoft Edge VPN data exchange

The support page goes into all the details of the service, including how to enable it, indicating that it should be available in the near future. Most likely, users running Dev or Canary versions of the browser will be able to access it first, followed by users of the beta and stable channels. Once it is rolled out, Secure Network Mode is easily accessible from the three-dot menu in the top-right corner.

Microsoft Edge is not the first browser to offer some kind of VPN service. Opera has included a free VPN for a while now, and Mozilla launched a paid VPN service Back in 2020. If you want to be one of the first to try it, you might want to consider downloading one of the Microsoft Edge Insider Channelsalthough we still don’t know when to expect it to be available.


source: Microsoft

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