After Opera, the Internet Explorer successor Microsoft Edge now also gets a free VPN service. The feature called Edge Security Network is supposed to protect privacy and provide access to content that is normally blocked due to the region. However, the data volume is limited and a Microsoft account is mandatory.
Microsoft Edge VPN feature Edge Security Network
VPN services are currently on everyone’s lips. Google One’s option is now also available on the iPhone and now, after Opera, Microsoft Edge is another browser that comes with a VPN (Virtual Private Network) feature out of the box.
“Microsoft Edge Secure Network” is what the group calls the function, with which they want to protect the privacy of users from now on and allow access to content blocked by geoblocking. The Edge VPN has already entered beta testing and can already be tried out. The only requirement is an existing Microsoft account.
The service is offered in cooperation with Cloudflare, a US company that offers Internet security services and DNS services, among other things. Above all, security and privacy are top priorities in the Edge Security Network, according to the support document.
One gigabyte of data volume included
The Microsoft Edge Secure Network Service would thereby itself only “collect minimal support data and access tokens”, it continues. These are stored only for the duration of the required service time window.
Monthly, the free data volume is limited to one gigabyte when using the VPN. Whether there will be the possibility to increase this data volume by subscription is currently unclear. However, the reference to the free offer suggests that there will be. However, there is no mention of this in the beta test yet.
If you want to try out the Microsoft Edge Secure Network Service yourself, you’ll need the latest version of the Microsoft Edge browser from the Insider program. In it, the VPN service can be activated via the “Settings and more” menu and then in the “Secure network” subitem in combination with a connected Microsoft account. The VPN service is not yet available in the current public version 101.0.1210.32 of the browser.