Tech giant, Microsoft has now announced that the Microsoft Edge browser will soon get a built-in Virtual Private Network (VPN) for privacy and security. The new security update will be called Microsoft Edge Secure Network and it will be added to the browser through a security update. It is presently being tested with a Cloudflare-powered VPN service. The new built-in VPN will enable users to hide their location and avoid tracking by using a virtual IP address, which can be used to access blocked content on the internet.
The New Built-In VPN will Have a Data Limit of 1GB Per Month
However, Microsoft states that the built-in VPN will have a data limit of 1GB per month. Users will also need to sign in to their Microsoft account and allow access to their browsing data. Cloudflare will collect diagnostic and support data from the service. Moreover, Edge Secure is rolling out to the Microsoft Edge Insider channels which allow users to test out a preview of the upcoming built-in VPN. It can be downloaded and installed via Microsoft’s website.
Furthermore, when the built-in VPN is turned on, Edge Secure Network should encrypt users’ web traffic so internet service providers can’t collect browsing information that users rather keep private, like, say, health-related searches or just plain strange queries. The new built-in VPN will also allow users to hide their location by making it possible for them to browse the web using a virtual IP address.
Users Can Access Blocked Content for Free
That also suggests users could access content blocked in their countries like, for example, Netflix or Hulu shows. Once the user is signed into his or her account in the Edge browser, Microsoft will then track the VPN usage across all of the synced devices to enforce its 1GB monthly limit. The company states that it retains this bandwidth data for a month, after which the data is automatically deleted. Cloudflare, which will gather diagnostic information, has a procedure of deleting that data every 25 hours.