Microsoft Edge is getting an integrated VPN powered by Cloudflare

Microsoft is testing a VPN-like service for its Edge browser, adding a new layer of security and privacy to the browsing experience. A recently discovered support page on Microsoft’s website details the “Microsoft Edge Secure Network” feature, which provides data encryption and prevents online tracking, courtesy of Cloudflare.

While not yet available, even if you have the latest version from the Dev channel, the Microsoft Edge Secure Network feature appears to be similar in nature to Cloudflare’s service. This is essentially a proxy or VPN service, encrypting your browsing data so it’s safe from prying eyes, including your ISP. It also keeps your location private, so you can use it to access geo-restricted websites or content that’s blocked in your country.

Microsoft Edge’s Secure Network Mode will require you to sign in to your Microsoft account, and that’s because the browser keeps track of how much data you’ve used in this mode. You get 1GB of free data per month, and that’s tied to your Microsoft account. Most VPN services are not free, so this should not surprise you. Cloudflare itself does not retain any personally identifiable user data, and all data related to browsing sessions is deleted every 25 hours. Information related to your data usage is also deleted at the end of each monthly period.

Microsoft Edge VPN data allowance

The support page goes into all the details of the service, including how to enable it, suggesting that it should be available in the near future. Users running the Dev or Canary versions of the browser will most likely get access to it first, with Beta and Stable channel users following suit. Once implemented, Secure Network mode will be easily accessible from the three-dot menu in the top right corner.

Microsoft Edge is not the first browser to offer some kind of VPN service. Opera has included a free VPN for a while now, and Mozilla launched a paid VPN service in 2020. If you want to be one of the first to try it, you might consider downloading one of the Microsoft Edge Insider channels, though we don’t know when yet. you can expect it to be available.

Source: Microsoft

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