In a nutshell: Microsoft is testing a new feature for its Edge browser called Secure Network. It’s essentially a built-in Cloudflare-powered VPN, although unlike other VPNs, you’ll be limited to 1GB of data per month.

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Microsoft Edge has become a functional browser since it became based on Chromium in 2019. overtook Safari as the second most popular desktop browser, although Microsoft’s decision to make it Headache switching to an alternative in Windows 11 may have played a role in this.

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Recently discovered On its support page, Microsoft details a new feature coming to the browser that it hopes will give it an edge over Google Chrome. “Microsoft Edge Secure Network” is basically a built-in VPN powered by Cloudflare.

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While Microsoft doesn’t explicitly call it a VPN service, the description does say so. The company claims that enabling this feature will help prevent online tracking by encrypting your web traffic and will also keep your location private by masking your IP address.

You must first sign in with your Microsoft account to use this feature. This requirement is because you only get 1GB of free data per month that is tracked using your account. Microsoft does not mention if there will be any payment options for additional data in the future.

Cloudflare says it will not store or sell any user information and will delete all data related to browsing sessions within 25 hours. Secure Web isn’t available yet, but will probably be in Edge Canary or Dev soon.

It’s worth noting that having a VPN built into your browser is nothing new, as Opera includes one since 2016.