Microsoft Edge will soon include a free built-in VPN

Microsoft has always tried to get more people to use Edge. Some of the ways it has pursued that goal have been less well received than others, but its latest effort to do so could be a useful addition to the software. In a seen by the company revealed that it will add a free integrated VPN service called Edge Secure Network to your web browser.

The company says that the tool will encrypt your Internet connection. You can use that functionality to protect your data from your Internet Service Provider. As with most VPNs, you can also use the Edge Secure Network to mask your location, allowing you to access services that might otherwise be blocked in the country where you live or are visiting.

If you travel often, Edge Secure Network is probably not a replacement for a paid VPN. The feature limits you to 1 GB of data usage per month. It’s also worth noting that you’ll need a Microsoft account to use the service. Microsoft has yet to start testing the VPN. But once the feature is available, you’ll be able to enable it via Edge’s three-dot icon. A new option titled “Secure Network” will activate the VPN. Once you have finished browsing, it will automatically turn off again.

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