(Pocket-lint) – Microsoft has quietly revealed that it’s adding a free built-in virtual private network (VPN) service to its Edge browser. The ad was spotted on a Microsoft support page. Called Edge Secure Network, Microsoft is currently testing the VPN service powered by Cloudflare. Eventually, it will be released live to the public as part of a security update.
Here’s everything you need to know about the Edge Browser VPN service.
How does Edge’s free VPN work?
Edge Secure Network, when enabled, should encrypt your web traffic. This means that internet service providers cannot collect browsing information that you prefer to be private. The VPN service will allow you to hide your location by allowing you to browse the web using a virtual IP address. And, yes, you should be able to use the Edge browser’s built-in VPN to access content blocked in your country (like some Netflix shows).
Are there any limits to free VPN?
Edge Secure Network will be a free service, and so it comes with some caveats. For example, data usage is limited to 1 GB per month and you will need to be signed into a Microsoft account to use the VPN. Microsoft said the VPN is powered by Cloudflare, which will collect support and diagnostic information from the service, but the company will permanently delete that data every 25 hours.
How to Try Free VPN in Edge Browser
Edge Secure Network is still under development and not yet publicly available. Microsoft is currently testing a preview, which is expected to roll out to one of the Edge Insider channels first.
You can join the Edge Insider channels from here. Once it lands in an Insider channel, you can try out an early version of the VPN by:
- Open Edge.
- Head to Settings and more.
- Click Secure Network.
- You will then be prompted to sign in or create a Microsoft account.
- Once you do, a solid shield icon will appear in the browser frame.
- This indicates that Microsoft’s Edge Secure Network is now enabled.
Edge Secure Network will disable itself after closing the browser.
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Do other browsers offer VPN services?
Microsoft is one of many browsers that offers VPN service. Opera comes with a free service, while Mozilla and Chrome have paid VPN services, for example.
Written by Maggie Tillman.