Microsoft Edge Secure Network VPN service powered by Cloudflare spotted in support post

Microsoft appears to be testing an additional layer of security for the Edge browser right now called Edge Secure Network, which offers a built-in VPN powered by Cloudflare. The browsing service’s new security and privacy layer was recently spotted on the Microsoft website’s support page. Along with a detailed introduction of the Microsoft Edge Secure Network feature, the support page also mentions ways in which it provides additional security. As of now, it’s unclear when the feature will arrive.

The Microsoft Edge Secure Network VPN service is not yet available to users. Its support post, spotted first by XDA Developers, details that it will come with a monthly limit of 1GB free data with the user’s Microsoft account. To keep an account of the data that has been used/left over the course of a month, one can activate the shield icon. It also reflects the date of automatic data renewal. For now, the company hasn’t given any details on subscription fees for data usage beyond 1GB.

However, it appears to be similar to Cloudflare’s service. In the support post, Microsoft also gave an overview of how the Microsoft Edge Secure network will work to ensure privacy. The proxy uses limited diagnostic and support data, which is automatically deleted every 25 hours. This helps protect the user by keeping important details away from prying eyes, even on public Wi-Fi networks.

Although the Edge Secure Network feature is not yet available, the post explains how to use it. You have to log in to your Microsoft account, then go to Settings and More > Enable Microsoft Edge Secure Network to activate the function. To make sure your browsing experience is protected, you can check the shield icon in the browser frame. However, the feature will turn off once you close Microsoft Edge. The user must reactivate it during his next browsing session.

When you sign in to Microsoft Edge using a Microsoft account, data is automatically synced. This includes browsing history, bookmarks, settings, saved data for filling out forms, passwords and extensions. However, one can also choose to enable and disable synchronization individually for each type of data.

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