Edge now has its own integrated VPN service

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  • Just when you thought that Edge couldn't get more secure,  Microsoft comes up with a new idea.
  • The Edge browser will soon have an integrated VPN service called Microsoft Edge Secure Network.
  • This feature is powered by Cloudflare and is not yet available to all of the Edge Channels Insiders.
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We know that there are a lot of Edge fans among you and we love to bring you the latest updates concerning the browser you chose as your main one.

The latest Dev Channel build has brought a lot of interesting fixes and new features, but nothing like what we’re about to show you right now.

Microsoft’s Edge will soon benefit from an integrated VPN service called the Microsoft Edge Secure Network.

It will work just any other conventional VPN services do, but it could be deeply integrated within the Edge browser itself.

New Cloudflare-powered VPN service coming to Edge

The Redmond-based tech giant has just announced that it kicked off experiments for Microsoft Edge Secure Network in the Canary channel of Microsoft Edge.

Microsoft is opening this preview to a small audience to get initial feedback and recommendations, so don’t be alarmed if you don’t find it right away.

According to Microsoft, when using the Edge Secure network, your data is routed from Edge through an encrypted tunnel to create a secure connection, even when using a non-secure URL that starts with HTTP.

Needless to say, this will make it a lot harder for hackers to access your browsing data on a shared public Wi-Fi network.

The above-mentioned VPN service will be powered by Cloudflare, and the company assures it permanently deletes the diagnostic and support data collected, every 25 hours.

What other benefits can you get from using this new Edge-integrated VPN service you ask? Well, here’s a small list of exactly that:

  • Encrypts connection: Encrypts internet connection to help protect user data from online threats like hackers. When using Microsoft Edge Secure network, user data is routed from Edge through an encrypted tunnel to create a secure connection, even when using a non-secure URL that starts with HTTP. This makes it harder for hackers to access browsing data on a shared public Wi-Fi network.
  • Helps prevent online tracking: By encrypting web traffic directly from Microsoft Edge, Microsoft helps prevent users’ internet service provider from collecting browsing data like details about the websites users visit.
  • Keeps user location private: Online entities can use user location and IP address for profiling and serving targeted ads. Microsoft Edge Secure Network lets users browse with a virtual IP address that masks users’ IP and replaces their geolocation with a similar regional address to make it more difficult for online trackers to follow users as they browse.
  • Is free to use: Microsoft offers 1 gigabyte of free data every month when users sign into Microsoft Edge with their Microsoft Account.

That being said, you should also know that the Microsoft Edge Secure Network Service isn’t available to all users just yet.

This VPN service should be available in an upcoming version of the Edge browser. Once Microsoft rolls it out, a new menu entry will be available in the Hamburger menu located in the upper right-hand corner of the browser.

Another key factor is that users will need to sign in to their Microsoft account to use said VPN service. The feature will turn off automatically when the user closes the Edge window.

Furthermore, users will also need to turn on Microsoft Edge Secure Network again for their next browsing session if they wish to use it. A shield icon will indicate if the service is active.

The Redmond-based tech giant is going to limit the VPN service to 1GB of data. No mention of any subscription model that could allow users to extend the service beyond the free data cap has been made.

Excited to use this upcoming Edge feature? Share your thoughts with us in the comments section below.

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