Microsoft Edge  offers Enhance your security on the web, an optional browsing mode that provides an extra layer of protection when browsing the web and unfamiliar sites.  

Note: If you're an IT admin and need more information on the feature and its policies, see Browse more safely with Microsoft Edge

What is Enhance your security on the web? 

Enhanced security in Microsoft Edge helps safeguard against memory-related vulnerabilities by disabling just-in-time (JIT) JavaScript compilation and enabling additional operating system protections for the browser. These protections include Hardware-enforced Stack Protection and Arbitrary Code Guard (ACG). With these protections in place, Edge helps reduce the risk of an attack by automatically applying stricter security settings on unfamiliar sites while adapting to your browsing habits over time. 

There are three available options for this feature

By default, this feature is turned off. When enhanced security is turned on, you can select from two levels of browsing security: Balanced and Strict. You can manually add site exceptions. Sites added to the exception list will have the feature turned off by default. 

Off (Default)

Feature is turned off.

Balanced (Recommended) 

Edge applies added security protections to sites that you don’t engage with often or are unknown to you. Websites you browse frequently will be left out. Most sites will work as expected.

Strict 

Edge applies added security protections to all sites visited by default. Strict mode may impact your ability to complete normal tasks on the web because some parts of websites might not work as expected.

Note: Some parts of a website you visit might not work due to compatibility issues when this feature is turned on. Strict mode is not recommended for most users as it would require some level of configuration to complete daily tasks.

What to expect when enhanced security is turned on

When this feature is turned on you will see Added security to the left of your browser’s address bar. This indicates that Edge is applying enhanced security to this specific website.

If you select Added security, an expanded menu will appear. You can turn Enhance security for this site on or off from this menu for a particular site. If you turn off Enhance security for this site, Edge will automatically add that website to a list of site exceptions. 

The image below shows the feature turned on for the site.

An image showing the Enhance your security on the web feature turned on under the Added security banner in Microsoft Edge.

Select your security enhancement level 

Select your preferred level of added security using the following steps:

  1. In Edge, go to Settings and more .

    An image showing the Settings and more menu in Microsoft Edge.

  2. Select Settings  > Privacy, search, and services.

  3. Under the Security section, make sure Enhance your security on the web is set to On.

  4. Select the browsing mode that’s right for you.

Make an exception for security enhancements 

In both enhanced security modes, you can create exceptions for familiar websites that you trust. This will remove the extra layer of protection for all sites added to the exception list.  Any exception you add will always have the enhanced security feature turned off. 

Add a site to your exception list using the following steps:

  1. In Edge, select Settings and more  > Settings  > Privacy, search, and services.

  2. Make sure Enhance your security on the web is set to On.

  3. Under Enhance your security on the web, select Exceptions.

  4. Select Add a site, type in the full URL, and then select Add.


 

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