This major security boost will help Microsoft Edge better protect your data

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  • Microsoft is finally bringing some of the most useful features for its Edge browser to beef up on security.
  • The improvements are part of Microsoft's ongoing investment in the Edge browser, which is steadily gaining traction.
  • Users will now be able to mitigate the zero-day attacks that have recently become a nuisance.
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Microsoft has been busy lately, updating its browser and giving it some much-needed security. The Redmond-based company has revealed that it has pushed out a new feature for Microsoft Edge.

When it comes to browsers, there are plenty of options available to anyone willing to try something new, from Google Chrome and Mozilla Firefox all the way down to the niche likes of Vivaldi and Brave.

While there is no doubt that Google Chrome is the most popular web browser, Microsoft Edge has been making steady progress over the past couple of years.

In line with the roadmap

In a new entry in its Microsoft 365 roadmap, the company announced that Edge will allow users to “enhance your security on the web” with the new feature.

Microsoft’s new “next-generation” browsing experience will roll out in Microsoft Edge v.98.

It’s not clear how far Microsoft plans to take this technology. It could seek ways to prevent attacks by analyzing a page before it’s even loaded in the browser, or it could rely on third-party services that would provide real-time protection as users browse the web.

Expected features

Microsoft Edge v.98 is set to offer some serious security, data protection, and privacy enhancements.

Some of these are already available on rival browsers with their own unique features and security systems, but Microsoft has gone one better by adding customized protection for its new browser.

The new policy controls allow IT pros to apply group policies to end-user desktops across not just Windows devices, but also those running macOS and Linux.

This has been a thorn in the side of large organizations that have had to use multiple management tools to secure their mixed-platform environments.

Zero-day threats kept at arms-length

Microsoft is adding a new level of protection to its Edge browser, going beyond the usual sandboxing and exploit mitigation to directly protect users from zero-day threats.

It’s a feature that’s being touted as a way to help mitigate against potential future zero-day attacks — attacks that would exploit unknown security vulnerabilities and cause damage before anyone could even know what hit them.

The new protections, which are currently being tested in preview builds of Microsoft Edge, protect against both zero-day attacks and previously-known exploits.

There is no official date of release yet but we will keep you updated on any new developments.

Should you encounter any problems with your Edge browser, we have a guide on what to do to get it working again.

Let us know what you think of the latest security feature coming soon to Edge browser in the comment section below.