Microsoft is adding a Virtual Private Network (VPN) service file to the Edge browser to improve security and privacy, a Microsoft support page was found.
Called “Edge Secure Network,” Microsoft is currently testing Cloudflare’s VPN service and says it will release it to the public as part of a security update.
When you set up Edge Secure Network, you need to encrypt your users ’network traffic so that ISPs can’t collect browsing data that you want to keep private, such as health surveys or just weird questions.
The new feature also allows users to hide their location, allowing them to browse the web using a virtual IP address. This also means that users will have access to content that is blocked in their country, such as Netflix or Hulu.
However, this free service has its advantages. Data usage is limited to 1GB per month, and users need to sign in to a Microsoft account so the company can ironically track their usage.
Microsoft adds that while Cloudflare collects support and diagnostic information from the service, the company permanently rejects that information every 25 hours.
Although the feature is still under development and is not yet available for preliminary testing, Microsoft has explained how users can experience the preview. This means it may soon be released first on one of the Microsoft Edge Insider channels that users can download and join here.
Once you’ve done that, you can try the preview version by opening Edge and navigating to Settings and moreAND and clicking secure network.
At this point, users will be prompted to sign in to or create an account with Microsoft. After you do this, a fixed shield icon will appear in the browser window, indicating that the Microsoft Edge Secure Network is now enabled. It is disabled when the user closes the browser.
Microsoft is one of many browsers that offer some form of VPN service. Opera comes with a free add-on, but more popular browsers like Mozilla only offer a paid VPN service like Google Chrome, which may help improve Edge’s value proposition.