Microsoft is adding a free virtual private network (VPN) service built into the Edge browser to improve security and privacy. Its existence was revealed thanks to a Microsoft support page.
This feature, called “Edge Secure Network,” is a VPN service supported by Cloudflare. Microsoft is currently testing it and says it will make it available to everyone as part of a security upgrade. When Edge Secure Network is turned on, it will encrypt users’ web traffic. That way, internet service providers won’t be able to track the information and web browsing details you prefer to keep private.
The new feature will allow users to hide their location, allowing them to browse the web using a virtual IP address. It also means that users can access content that is not broadcast in their home country, such as Netflix or Hulu productions.
However, there is one thing to remember about this free service. That is, data usage is limited to 1 GB per month. Interestingly, users have to be logged into a Microsoft account for the company to track their usage. Microsoft adds that Cloudflare will collect support and diagnostic information on the service, while permanently deleting this data every 25 hours.
This feature is still in development. While it’s not yet available for initial testing, Microsoft has detailed how users can try a preview. Users should sign up for one of the Microsoft Edge Insider channels by clicking here. They will then be able to download and try it out. You can then try the preview version by opening Edge, going to Settings and more, and clicking on Safe Network.
At this point, users will be prompted to sign in or create a Microsoft account. Once you’ve done that, a shield icon will appear within the browser, indicating that the Microsoft Edge Secure Network is now enabled. Once the user closes the browser, the VPN will also be turned off.
At this point, users will be prompted to log in or create a Microsoft account. Once you have done this, a shield icon will appear within the browser, indicating that the Microsoft Edge Secure network is now enabled. Once the user closes the browser, the VPN will also be turned off.