According to a support document posted recently on Microsoft website, the Microsoft Edge web browser will soon offer a free VPN. The company’s new VPN service will be called Microsoft Edge Secure Network. Interestingly, Microsoft doesn’t specifically refer to the new feature as a VPN; but just like an iCloud Private Relay, it works the same way.
Edge’s secure network will likely be powered by Cloudflare, one of the most trusted DNS hosts in the industry, and aims to protect your device and sensitive data while browsing. This feature, which is in the early stages of development, is available to select Edge Canary users. It is not a full-fledged VPN service offered in competing browsers like Opera.
According to Microsoft, Edge’s Secure Network feature sends your traffic through an encrypted tunnel to create a secure connection, which means even HTTP URLs can be accessed securely to make it harder to get your browsing data. by hackers and eliminate any possibility of online tracking. Using this VPN, therefore, Edge should not log your activities in any form and will prevent your ISP from finding your location or the sites you visit.
Microsoft Edge will soon get a built-in free VPN
For those concerned about their privacy, Microsoft points out in its support document that “Cloudflare will ensure privacy and only collects a limited amount of diagnostic and support data”. The company promises to delete the diagnostic and support data it collects every 25 hours. Finally, good news for all users, users who sign in with a Microsoft account will get 1GB of free data that they can use every month.
Microsoft has recently released updates for Windows 11 and Windows 10; as part of the traditional monthly “updates on Tuesdays” (Patch Tuesday). Based on user feedback, these updates may cause crashes in popular browsers.
Some users who installed the update complain about the inability to start Chrome, Edge or Firefox. The error appears when users try to run Chrome.exe, msedge.exe and Firefox.exe. The message says “The application could not start correctly (0xc0000022). Click OK to close the application.”
One user said: “After installing KB5012599, I got error 0xc0000022; when launching Edge, Firefox and Chrome so they don’t work anymore. Luckily Vivaldi and Brave work perfectly so I can still surf the internet. Removing KB5012599 solves this issue.”
Apparently, the problem is a conflict between the update and antivirus solutions such as ESET. In this case, removing a recently installed OS update or resolving a conflict with an antivirus can help. For example, ESET already advises disabling LiveGrid’s “Safe Browser” feature in Settings as a temporary measure.