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Microsoft announces release of VPN feature for its Edge Browser to protect users' data

Microsoft Windows’ Default Browser, Edge is getting a built-in VPN for hiding users’ IP address. Much like other browsers namely Opera and Baidu browsers, the Microsoft Edge is also going to be adding a VPN on their browser. Chrome browser, developed by Google doesn’t officially have a VPN feature, but it does include several add-ins which have VPNs for protecting users' privacy.

If you’ve been living under a rock for a while and don’t know what a VPN is, let me explain. A VPN or Virtual Private Network is a private server that grants a user an IP address and hides the users’ actual IP address. It is a great way to secure your surfing from outside intervention by private organizations and individuals.

Microsoft has recently announced that they’ll be adding the VPN feature to Microsoft Edge as well. Microsoft Edge’s value has been detected for a while and the company has added the VPN feature to propel it forward. Furthermore, the feature is added and is being powered through Cloudflare which is an American DDoS and proxy protection service and the VPN feature added by Microsoft is very similar to Cloudflare 1.1.1.1 service.

The users’ privacy and location are completely safe with a VPN as it hides its IP address from the users’ Internet Service Provider (ISP) as well as outside threats.

Microsoft has made multiple statements ensuring that the users’ data will be completely safe using a VPN. They’ve explained that the personal data and IP of the user will be completely secure and will be routed through an encrypted tunnel so it will be perfectly secure from hackers and crackers. When using a public Wi-Fi, you obviously need a VPN to ensure your safety from hackers and other malicious individuals and save your personal data from them.

The VPN service also protects users’ history and surfing the internet’s various websites from Internet Service Providers who might sell this data to advertisers. This data could include the time spent on a specific website and what kind of websites you visit routinely when using the internet.

To protect this, the Microsoft Corporation has decided to add a VPN to Microsoft Edge browser to mask users’ identity and IP address. VPNs also replace your location from maybe one country’s IP to another so you can have access to content and search results from another country. This means that if something on the internet is blocked in your country, you can use a VPN to change your geo location and access that something from another country’s IP address.

As of now, the VPN service is still in beta phase and hasn’t been officially released. It’s also worth mentioning that you would require a Microsoft account to have access to this VPN service. Also, while the VPN is free, it does have a 1 GB surfing limitation and you can’t have more than that for 1 month. When one month is over, the VPN is automatically recharged, and you can use it again. However, this feature has yet to be released from Microsoft.


H/T: BC.

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