Microsoft Announces Secure Network for Edge

Posted on May 13, 2022 by Laurent Giret in Cloud, Microsoft Edge, Web browsers with 13 Comments

Microsoft is moving forward with its plan to add a built-in VPN to its Edge browser. Enter the Microsoft Edge Secure Network, which is now available for select Insiders on the Canary channel.

The Secure Network should give Edge users some peace of mind when using the Internet while connected to a public Wi-Fi network, but it should also be useful for other activities like shopping and browsing the web on any network. Since the encrypted traffic data is still routed to a server that is geographically close to where users are, Edge users will continue to see relevant results based on their approximate location.

“Secure Network helps you protect your information by masking your device’s IP address, encrypting your data, and routing it through a secure network (powered by Cloudflare) to a server that is geographically co-located so it’s harder for malicious actors to see your true location and what you’re doing. It also prevents your internet service provider from collecting your browsing data, like details about which websites you visit, and helps prevent online entities from using your IP address for profiling and sending you targeted ads,” the Edge team explained

To use the Secure Network, Microsoft Edge Canary testers will need to sign in to the browser with their Microsoft account, which is necessary to track usage of the one gigabyte of free data provided every month. Microsoft says that no data about users’ identities or accounts is sent over the Secure Network connection, and the limited diagnostic data that is sent to Cloudflare is automatically deleted after 25 hours.

While we haven’t been able to try the Microsoft Edge Secure Network yet, this built-in VPN should be a great addition for privacy-conscious users. “We look forward to discovering how you would like to use Secure Network to protect your data, what works well, and what we can improve,” the Edge team said.

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Comments (13)

13 responses to “Microsoft Announces Secure Network for Edge”

  1. bluvg

    "will need to sign in to the browser with their Microsoft account"


    ISPs can no longer track you (as easily)... but Microsoft can? ?

  2. kshsystems

    I wonder how this would coexist with other networking that exists at the OS level

  3. wright_is

    I wish they’d stop with all the bling bling and concentrate on the core bowser experience.


    This week, Google released an update for Chrome with hundreds of bug fixes and over a dozen critical security fixes, some of which were being actively exploited. Within hours, the other players, like Brave and Vivaldi had released their own patches.


    Nearly 3 days later and Edge has still not been updated!

    • dftf

      Yes, odd how Edge is behind on this one... I usually find it gets an update within a day after Chrome does one, but here are the latest updates as-of-now on Windows:

      Google Chrome 101.0.4951.67 (11 May 2022)

      Brave v1.38.117 (13 May 2022)

      Microsoft Edge v101.0.1210.39 (5 May 2022)

      Opera v86.0.4363.59 (10 May 2022)

      Vivaldi v5.2.2623.46 (11 May 2022)


      Oddly though, Edge on Android actually does appear to have the update, as there it has been patched two-days after the most-recent one for Chrome:

      Google Chrome v101.0.4951.61 (9 May 2022)

      Brave v1.38.113 (10 May 2022)

      Microsoft Edge v101.0.1210.45 (11 May 2022)

      Opera v68.3.3557.64528 (19 Apr 2022)

      Vivaldi v5.2.2620.56 (11 May 2022)


      Pretty-bad though for Opera users on Android though -- do they only update after each major new Chromium engine release or something? Not-far off a month now with no update. (Opera Mini is even worse with the Play Store advising the last app update was on 17 March this year!)

      • hellcatm

        Umm I just checked for an update and got one Version 101.0.1210.47 so check for updates.

        • dftf

          That update only came out after I'd posted this comment, and if you look below I've already acknowledged the sudden new update myself, before you...

    • dftf

      [UPDATE] Edge on the laptop I'm currently using has just been updated to version 101.0.1210.47 (13 May 2022). You can view the update timeline here: docs.microsoft.com/en-us/deployedge/microsoft-edge-relnote-stable-channel

  4. cnc123

    Is it still going to record browsing history for Microsoft data mining? Wouldn't want them to feel left out.

  5. ralfred

    People are worried that Microsoft is tracking them. This changes nothing in that regard. What changed it that everyone else will have a harder time tracking people

  6. anderb

    secure

  7. ernie

    It seems to me that if I trust Microsoft to develop and maintain the OS I use, it should make sense that I trust them to develop and maintain the web browser I use too. Since I use their OS, I suspect that they already have access to about as much data as there is about me. Doesn't it make sense that if MSFT has not abused their access to my data via the OS, that they will not abuse the data available via my web browser?


    . . . just thinking out-loud,


    Ernie

    • bluvg

      Yup, great point. There is an inherent trust relationship with any application/software, whether explicitly stated (and believed) or not.

  8. matsan

    I’m sure IT departments will try to stop or disable this feature ASAP so they can scan the traffic themselves and keep it off Microsoft’s servers.