Microsoft’s Edge browser to get an addition of a free built-in VPN (Virtual Private Network) service, the company’s support page revealed.
Dubbed “Edge Secure Network,” the Cloudflare-powered VPN service is currently in its testing phase. And Microsoft claims to make it available to the public as a part of a security upgrade.
Edge Secure Network, when enabled, should encrypt users’ online traffic so that internet service providers are unable to acquire browsing data that you’d preferably like to keep secret, such as health-related searches or merely weird questions. Moreover, Users will be able to conceal their location by accessing the web using a virtual IP address, thanks to the new feature. Saying this implies that users will be able to access content that is restricted in their own countries, for example, a Netflix series/show.
Though this service comes free with Microsoft’s Edge browser, there’s a catch. Data consumption while using the VPN is limited to 1GB each month, and the company requires users to be signed in to their Microsoft account to measure and track their data usage.
Microsoft notes that while Cloudflare gathers support and diagnostic data from the built-in service, the business will completely delete such data after 25 hours.
The built-in feature is still in the developmental phase and is not even available for early testing. Meanwhile, Microsoft has provided instructions on how people could try out the preview. However, it will first appear in one of the Microsoft Edge Insider channels, which users can download and join here.
Once a user downloads it, he/she can start testing the preview version by launching the Edge browser, and, jumping into the ‘Settings and more’ section of the browser, followed by clicking on the ‘Secure Network.’ Once done, the user will be requested to either sign in or create a new Microsoft account.
After the user moves forward with either of the options, an icon depicting a solid shield will emerge in the browser frame. The appearance of this icon will indicate that “Microsoft’s Edge Secure Network” is now activated/enabled. Closing the browser will automatically turn off the service.
Microsoft’s browser is one of many that provide some form of VPN service. Even though Opera includes a free VPN, more popular browsers such as Mozilla and Google Chrome only provide a paid VPN service, which might help improve Edge’s value proposition.