Microsoft Edge VPN Practical: Prevents Tracking, But Not a Good VPN Replacement

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A support document revealed that Microsoft is secretly developing its own ‘Edge Secure Network’ with VPN-like capabilities, leading many to believe that Edge will get an Opera-like built-in and full-fledged VPN tool. However, as we saw, Edge Secure Network is actually not a good replacement for VPNs.

Microsoft Edge Secure Network is now available to some users and one of our Edge Canary installations has been given this feature as well.

As per the support document, Edge Secure Network uses Cloudflare to encrypt traffic through one of the world’s largest DNS. As with VPN services, Microsoft Edge’s Cloudflare VPN can prevent online tracking by encrypting traffic and keeping your location private.

The ISP cannot track your activities as the IP address is replaced with Cloudflare’s and the data is routed through an encrypted tunnel to establish a secure connection. start with HTTP or use untrusted SSL certificates.

Other benefits:

  • Microsoft Edge tracking protection makes it harder for hackers to access your browsing data.
  • Prevent data sharing with public Wi-Fi.
  • Your data cannot be linked to your browser as traffic is routed through Cloudflare and your IP address is masked.

Is Edge Secure Network a replacement for VPN?

While Edge Secure Network serves the original purpose of VPN by encrypting your data with Cloudflare, it does not provide any kind of good location protection.

Edge allows you to browse the web with a Cloudflare IP address, but the location is similar to your regional address. That’s because Cloudflare Warp (which appears to power Edge Secure Network) wasn’t designed with geo-spoofing in mind.

Edge VPN practical

This makes it impossible to switch servers. This means that Edge’s VPN cannot be used to watch Netflix or Prime’s geo-restricted content, but you can still use it to unlock services blocked by the ISP.

Edge Secure Network hands on

On the other hand, a full-fledged VPN or VPN extension gives you more control over location and IP address, with most services offering a huge network of servers to choose from.

Another problem is that users only get 1 gigabyte of free data per month and you have to sync the feature with your Microsoft account. This doesn’t make sense since Cloudflare Warp is a free service.

It’s also unclear whether the company is working on paid plans, but the support document suggests Microsoft will consider user feedback.

Edge’s Secure Network can be a great solution to prevent or reduce online tracking, but can it replace your VPN app or extension? Probably not.

This feature is currently being rolled out for Canary users, so if you want to try it as soon as possible, don’t forget to download Edge Canary and visit the Edge://vpn page.

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