Microsoft Edge is getting a free, integrated VPN powered by Cloudflare

Microsoft Edge is getting a free, integrated VPN powered by Cloudflare ...

Microsoft Edge has evolved into a powerful browser since becoming Chromium-based in 2019. It even outperforms Safari as the second most popular desktop browser, although Microsoft''s decision to make switching to an alternative in Windows 11 might have played a part in it.

Microsoft announces a new feature on a recent support page, which it hopes will give it an edge over Google Chrome. The "Microsoft Edge Secure Network" is essentially a built-in VPN powered by Cloudflare.

While Microsoft isn''t explicitly calling it a VPN service, the description hides it. The company claims that allowing the feature will help prevent online tracking by encrypting your web traffic and keeping your location private by masking your IP address.

To use this feature, you must first obtain 1GB of free data per month, which is then tracked with your account. Microsoft isn''t sure if there will be any alternatives in the future to pay for additional data.

Cloudflare claims that it will''t retain or sell any user information, and that it will delete all data related to browsing sessions within 25 hours. Secure Network isn''t yet available, but it''ll probably appear in Edge Canary or Dev as soon as possible.

It''s important to note that having a VPN built into your browser isn''t anything new, as Opera has included one ever since 2016.

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