What is Microsoft’s “free” VPN for Edge browser worth?

Microsoft is building a free VPN (Virtual Private Network) service into its Edge browser to improve security and privacy, a Microsoft support page reveals.

Called “Microsoft Edge Secure Network” or Edge Secure Networkthis private virtual network is a preview feature and as such is under development available to users.

When enabled, Microsoft Edge Secure Network encrypts users’ web traffic so ISPs or hackers can’t collect browsing information, which you’d rather keep private.

This VPN access also protects your connections when you connect to an internet cafe or airport Wi-Fi network or any other open network that is not password protected.

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For all my internet connections, my emails and even my internet calls (Voice over IP), my VPN subscription ($114 for two years) secures access to all my devices: smartphone, computer and tablet at all times.

Another advantage: the connections secured by VPN allow access to its banking services, as well as any services that require a geographically controlled location (e.g. your online video subscriptions). Even 10,000 km away from land, it is enough to connect to one of the many servers that the VPN service offers worldwide. For example, from Tokyo, connecting to a VPN server in Montreal or Toronto to access your bank account will be treated by your bank’s server as if you were in the country.

One gigabyte per month

Unlike paid subscriptions, Cloudfare’s forthcoming VPN service on Edge will be limited to one gigabyte per month, which carries a lot of data, especially when you’re watching videos.

In addition, you must subscribe to a Microsoft account to use it.

How to enable Microsoft’s Virtual Private Network service.

  • Choose settings > Activate Secure Microsoft Edge network

Edge browser menu


Edge browser menu

  • If you’re not signed in to your Microsoft account, you’ll be prompted to sign in or create one.
  • The solid shield icon appears in the browser frame; Your browsing traffic is now protected by Secure Microsoft Edge network.
  • The feature is automatically turned off when you close Microsoft Edge. If you want to use it, you have to activate it again Secure Microsoft Edge network for your next browser session.

In addition to this Microsoft VPN service for its Edge, other similar services are available by installing a third-party VPN module such as VeePN and many others, or by purchasing a package that includes all its devices (by far my preferred choice).

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