Microsoft is adding a free integrated virtual private network (VPN) service to its Edge browser in an effort to improve security and privacy, a Microsoft support page reveals.
Dubbed “Microsoft Edge Secure Network or Perimeter secure network», This virtual private network is a preview feature, therefore under development, made available to users.
When enabled, the Microsoft Edge Secure Network encrypts (encrypts) users’ web traffic so that ISPs or hackers cannot collect browsing information that they prefer to keep private.
This VPN access also protects your connections when you connect to a WiFi network of an Internet cafe, airport or any other open network that is not password protected.
For all my web connections, my email, and even my internet telephony (voice over IP), my VPN subscription ($ 114 for 2 years) ensures access from all my devices at all times; smartphone, computer and tablet.
Another benefit, VPN-secured connections allow access to its banking services, as well as any services that require a geographically controlled location (such as your online video subscriptions). Thus, even at 10,000 km from the country, it is sufficient to connect to one of the many servers offered in the world by the VPN service. For example, from Tokyo, a connection to a VPN server in Montreal or Toronto to access your bank account will be treated by your bank’s server as if you were in the country.
One gigabyte per month
Unlike paid subscriptions, Cloudfare’s future VPN service on Edge will be limited to one gigabyte per month. Which is pretty little data in comparison, especially if you’re watching videos.
Plus, you’ll need to have a Microsoft account to take advantage of it.
Here’s how to enable Microsoft’s virtual private network service.
- Select Settings and then> Enable Microsoft Edge Protected Network
Edge browser menu
- If you’re not signed in to your Microsoft account, you’ll be prompted to sign in or create one.
- The solid shield icon appears in the browser frame; your browsing traffic is now protected by the Microsoft Edge Secure Network.
- The feature is automatically disabled when Microsoft Edge is closed. If you want to use it, you need to re-enable Microsoft Edge Secure Network for your next browsing session.
In addition to this Microsoft VPN service for its Edge browser, other similar services are available by installing a third-party VPN add-on, such as VeePN and many others, or by purchasing a plan that includes all of its devices (by far my favorite choice. ).