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Microsoft Edge Adds a Free Built-in VPN Powered By Cloudflare For Security

In an effort to make its Edge browser more secure, Microsoft has included a free built-in VPN.

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Microsoft has included a free built-in VPN. The Edge Secure Network is being implemented as part of a broader security revamp Image illustration by Philip Dino (Smarttechvillas)|

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  • Microsoft has added a free built-in VPN to its Edge browser in an effort to make it safer.
  • The Edge Secure Network is being put in place as part of a bigger security overhaul.
  • Free built-in virtual private network service has been added to Microsoft’s Edge browser.
  • This move is meant to make the browser more secure and private.

In a move to increase security and privacy, Microsoft has added a free built-in virtual private network (VPN) service to its Edge browser.

Microsoft is testing a Cloudflare-powered VPN service called “Edge Secure Network” and plans to make it available to the general public as part of a security update. Encryption should be switched on for Edge Secure Network to protect users’ private browsing information, such as health-related searches or just plain weird inquiries, from being collected by internet service providers.

By employing a virtual IP address, users would be able to access the web without disclosing their true location. Netflix and Hulu material, for example, maybe accessed by users who aren’t in the countries where these services are available.

The free service comes with a catch, though. Users may only use 1 GB of data per month and must be logged into a Microsoft account in order for the business to monitor their data consumption. Microsoft says that Cloudflare will get support and diagnostic data from the service, but after 25 hours, all of it will be gone.

While the functionality is still under development and not yet ready for early testing, Microsoft outlined how people might check out a sample of the feature in advance. Microsoft Edge Insider channels can be joined by downloading and installing the right software. As a result, it is possible that it will be released first to these channels.

By opening up Edge, going to Settings and more, and clicking on “Secure Network,” you may test out the sample version.

Microsoft Edge settings
Clicking on the secure network will turn on the built in VPN | image illustration (Smarttechvillas)

Signing in or creating an account with Microsoft is required at this stage. Microsoft’s Edge Secure Network may be activated by clicking this solid shield symbol, which will display in the browser’s frame. Once the browser has been closed, it will turn itself off.


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There are various browsers that include a virtual private network (VPN). Microsoft is one of them. Opera has a free one, but Mozilla and Google Chrome only provide commercial VPN services, which might boost Edge’s value proposition by allowing it to compete with other browsers.

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Dino is a Tech Consultant. Entrepreneur, Website/Blog Developer, Graphic Designer, Blogger and Digital Marketer, he has long been freelancing for more than 6 years before starting up Smartcoretech, during this time was writing for websites like Opera News Hub, Paulworkspace, thescoove.africa etc. He is currently reporting on tech related contents on company's such as Apple, Google, Microsoft, Xiaomi, Facebook, Twitter etc. He also writes on Phone Reviews and Movies. When he is not writing he is working as an IT Manager for a company in his Local. Feel free to contact him via any of the available channels present

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