Microsoft Edge set to have a built-in free VPN
A support document recently posted on Microsoft website has revealed that the Microsoft Edge web browser will soon offer a free VPN. The company’s new VPN service will be called Microsoft Edge Secure Network. Interestingly, Microsoft doesn’t specifically refer to the new feature as a VPN; but just like an iCloud Private Relay, it works the same way.
Edge’s secure network may possibly be powered by Cloudflare, one of the most trusted DNS hosts in the industry, and aims to protect your device and sensitive data while browsing. This feature, which is in the early stages of development, is available to select Edge Canary users. It is not a full-fledged VPN service offered in competing browsers like Opera.
According to Microsoft, Edge’s Secure Network feature sends your traffic through an encrypted tunnel to create a secure connection, which means even HTTP URLs can be accessed securely to make it harder to get your browsing data. by hackers and eliminate any possibility of online tracking. Using this VPN, therefore, Edge should not log your activities in any form and will prevent your ISP from finding your location or the sites you visit.
For those concerned about their privacy, Microsoft points out in its support document that “Cloudflare will ensure privacy and only collects a limited amount of diagnostic and support data”. The company promises to delete the diagnostic and support data it collects every 25 hours.
Finally, good news for all users, users who sign in with a Microsoft account will get 1GB of free data that they can use every month.