Microsoft to add free built-in VPN to its Edge browser?

New Delhi:

Microsoft has come up with an announcement that it is looking forward to on adding a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to its Edge web browser. The VPN would be directly available in the browser as an in-built feature and it will be available to all users for free.

As disclosed by the company’s support page, the feature has been added and implemented to improvise security and privacy known as ‘Edge Secure Network,’ Microsoft is currently testing the Cloudflare-powered VPN service, claiming it will roll out to the public as a part of its security upgrade, reports The Verge. The advantage for users running this private network is that the data is largely protected from the user’s ISP as the location is hidden, hence improving online security.

“When using Microsoft Edge Secure network, your data is routed from Edge through an encrypted tunnel to create a secure connection, even when using a non-secure URL that starts with HTTP. This makes it harder for hackers to access your browsing data on a shared public Wi-Fi network,” explains Microsoft.

“By encrypting your web traffic directly from Microsoft Edge, we help prevent your internet service provider from collecting your browsing data like details about which websites you visit. Microsoft Edge Secure Network lets you browse with a virtual IP address that masks your IP and replaces your geolocation with a similar regional address to make it more difficult for online trackers to follow you as you browse,” the company added.

Users will be prompted to sign in to or create a Microsoft Account, to use the feature.

A solid shield icon would then appear in the browser frame, indicating that the Edge Secure Network has now been turned on. T

he feature will turn off

once the browser is closed.

It’s unclear when Microsoft Edge would roll out the VPN integration at this time, but the support page detailing the feature suggests that its arrival is coming soon.


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